Inktober Day 8-14

Another week of #inktober is gone, and again I’m just delighted with the daily drawing exercise. I feel like I’m getting a lot of experience points in drawing children. I’ve also had more parents send me pictures of their children saying “Would you sketch mine?” I don’t think there’s a nicer compliment. Here are the drawings:

Day 8: This is one of my favorites, not just because of the result, but because of the process in drawing this boy. I loved his pose and expression in the reference photo, and it was an exciting challenge to capture that.

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Day 9: I remember wishing I could take a nap, so this image really captured my wish for napping that day 🙂 I also have a soft spot for teddy bears.

Inktober Day 9

Day 10: I was very grouchy on this day, and I had a LOT on my plate that day so this was drawn at breakfast on the back of my grocery list. I made faces while I drew. 😛

Inktober Day 10

Day 11: I almost forgot to draw for inktober on day 11! I was so busy working on Warrior Cat that I drew this at the end of the day. I used 3 different photos of different girls to come up with this one. In the end she reminds me of a friend’s daughter, and I thought “I could’ve just looked at a photo of her!” 😀 Funny how our subconscious minds work!

Inktober Day 11

Day 12: This one is another favorite of mine. Profiles are a challenge for me, so I was really pleased to make progress with this one. Plus the boys are relatives of mine, so I have a little bias when it comes to the warm fuzzies 🙂

Inktober Day 12

Day 13: I loved this photo sent to me. His sippy cup was HUGE and his book is HUGE and he carried them around like a boss.

Inktober Day 13

Day 14: Drawing this girl was a wonderful experience 🙂

Inktober Day 14

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I am really having a ball drawing children this week! It’s been such a good exercise to study faces, proportions, and try to figure out markers and pens.  Using a topic theme like “Children” and just drawing every day reminds me how much I enjoy drawing. Even the days when I don’t love the results, I learn a lot, and it unlocks that determination of “I’m gonna keep going until I get it right!” mentality I had when I was a kid drawing horses.

Here’s the week of drawings:

Inktober Day 1: I drew a small boy holding cookies. Using a Micron Pen and Copic Markers.. I don’t have an extensive Copic collection, most of mine are just shades of grey, but even with a few colors, I find I can push it pretty far.

Inktober Day 1

Day 2 Girl looks up. Ah perspective, my old enemy. I really enjoyed drawing this one. Thank heavens for photo references. I’m going to keep practicing this sort of perspective until we’re good friends.

Inktober Day 2

Day 3 Baby wearing Headphones. This one I did in the wee hours of the night. I couldn’t sleep and after staring at my ceiling, I decided to draw. The headphones are wonky in this drawing, but considering the circumstances, I gave myself a pass. If I was drawing this for a client though, I would’ve redrawn this until it was proportionally correct.

Inktober Day 3

Day 4: Girl Running: This one I did have to redraw several times until I got it right. Chins in profile. This poor girl had many, many chins. Not all at once, but oh the sadness of her chins before this one.

Inktober Day 4

Day 5: Boy with screen. This one was fun too. I liked showing him from a different angle and drawing chubby cheeks.

Inktober Day 5

Day 6: Children’s Choir.  This was the one that I wish I had more markers to work with. But I  loved working on this one and showing a group of kids together. I plan on finishing this one in Photoshop and sharing it with you next week here on the blog.

Inktober Day 6 Kids singing

Day 7: Blowing out the candles.

Inktober day 7

Inktober

October is “Inktober”

Inktober

Inktober is a fun time for a lot of artists because it’s an excuse to draw anything every day and share it! How it works is easy! You draw something with pen or ink, share it online with the hashtag #inktober. You can draw everyday, once a week, however often you wish! It’s a great drawing exercise and fun. 

This #inktober, I’ll be drawing children, You don’t have to pick a theme, but for me, drawing children isn’t as easy as I’d like it, and this is a fun opportunity to try on different techniques and get a lot of good practice in. I’ll share my #inktober drawings on Instagram daily, and continue to update weekly* on this blog each Wednesday.

Read about Inktober from the creator, Mr. Jake Parker and download some cool templates and icons like the one you see in this post!

*Provided the internet is working and I am able to post. Apparently country living has some downsides 🙂 I think the cows in the neighboring farm are messing with the Wi-Fi

Character Sketches of Wonka Kids

Last week Daily Doodle celebrated Roald Dahl and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was drawing a lot of children, but having an established character to draw was a LOT of fun. When you read the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the children are introduced mostly through illustration, and are described by their behavioral traits. Charlie is a good boy who loves chocolate and helping his family. Veruca is a spoiled child who wants everything, Augustus is greedy, and so on.

 

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Sketch of Charlie Bucket and his Golden Ticket

Next were the Naughty Children. Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee and Augustus Gloop.

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Sketches The Naughty Children of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I kept their stories simple in my head while I drew these characters. Veruca would want to be a pretty princess. She probably wins child beauty pageants (because her father bribes the judges) and loves Disney World. I think she has to be in full princess costume all the time, wearing a feather boa, her mink coat, and jewelry (don’t forget her tiara!) and fluffy dress.  The bigger the hair, the better.

Violet is competitive, and likes to keep things simple. She wears a #1 tshirt so no one forgets she’s the best. Her hair is in pigtails so her gum doesn’t get stuck in her hair when she sticks it behind her ears. She’s dressed in jeans and a tshirt, so she’s ready to beat anyone at anything.

Mike Teavee was fun for me to draw. I know he’s supposed to have 18 toy pistols on him at all time, but I drew him with one ray gun and a smart phone instead. I imagined the Mike of today would be constantly staring at a portable video game system and wear earbuds to drown out the distractions of the world around him.  He’d be the sort to Google everything  just to prove he’s right, and if he wasn’t, he’d probably change Wikipedia so he would be.

Augustus Gloop stayed fairly traditional. I didn’t have any updates for him in my head. I drew him after my late grandfather, who was very much like little Gloop. In hindsight, the only difference I might have made was to put more stains on his sweater vest.

Because the children in the book were so loosely described, it was fun to explore a multicultural cast. I think Dahl purposefully didn’t describe the kids in too much physical detail, so that all children could relate. No child wants to be greedy, bratty, rude, and obnoxious, and no one wants to suffer the consequences these children did from their bratty actions. I think it’s important that the good children and bad children have equal opportunity to be represented.

I hope you have enjoyed these sketches 🙂