Inktober 2018 – Day 8, 9, & 10

This week has been super busy because I have been trying to finish all my studio work before fall break.  I painted the majority of the day yesterday, and today I spent the whole day in the printmaking studio working on my intaglio etching project. I finally had time to write a blog post today since I did not have class. Here is a recap of the Inktober days that I missed:

On Inktober Day 8, I spent the whole day working on my design and then scratching my design into the copper plate. I drew the main component of my design on a piece of paper and then did a graphite transfer drawing onto my copper plate.

sketch for my copper plate

On Inktober Day 9, I did nothing. Well, I did do things I just didn’t have time to do Inktober; I had class all day and no time to draw. I still wanted to do a drawing for the prompt (precious), so I did a drawing today to make up for missing yesterday. I drew this from a photo that I took when I was a relatively young kid.

childhood is precious

On Inktober Day 10, today, I worked on making prints using the printing press. Honestly, I am not very happy with how my prints turned out because I don’t like my design, but I don’t have time to change it so I have to stick with it. I had a difficult time with coming up with a design for this project because I had so many ideas that I couldn’t commit to just one. The objective for this assignment is to create prints (using etching intaglio process) related to the theme of memory.

one of my prints (oops, the photograph quality is awful)

Inktober 2018 – Day 5

I spent most of my day in class, and then I went to the painting studio at 6:00 and I ended up staying until 10:30. Now I’m back in my dorm, and really tired (yet again) so for Inktober I have another pen doodle I did during class (the left picture) . It is just a sketch of an idea I have, so it’s not very detailed.

I drew the image on the right a few months ago so it doesn’t really count for Inktober, but the prompt for Inktober today is the word chicken so I decided to include the drawing anyways.

a nice, crisp image trace of my chicken drawing


Inktober 2018 – Day 4

I really ran out of time today, and all I have for Inktober is a bad doodle I did during class. Alas, I am unsure if I will be able to continue with Inktober because I have so much going on right now, but I’m gonna try. I will probably not be able to do the word prompts anymore, but I will see how my schedule works out.

Here is my very bad doodle (and a failed attempt to make it look better in Illustrator):



Inktober 2018 – Day 3

Sadly, I ran out of time today and didn’t have time to do the prompted drawing. However, I still made a drawing, although it is from my visual journal for one of my classes. I was feeling quite unmotivated to come up with an ink drawing for today, so this is all I have. It’s not the best drawing, but at least I did something! I am hoping to make up today’s prompt another day.


And then, because I couldn’t help it, I put this image into Illustrator and did something with it. It’s not anything spectacular, but it was fun to experiment with.



Inktober 2018 – Day 2 (Tranquil)

I was planning on doing a more detailed pen drawing, but I had class all day and by the time I got back to my room, I was so tired. (My hand also really hurt due to all the writing I did for my art history exam.) I did manage to do a quick pen drawing inspired by the word “tranquil”, and then I colored it in Illustrator to save my hand from further pain.

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my original pen drawing
colored/ touched up in Illustrator

I like experimenting with Illustrator, but I also much prefer drawing things by hand.  Hopefully tomorrow I will have more time to do a better pen drawing.

Oops, I forgot to add a little explanation about this drawing. I chose to draw a road with the open sky ahead because I find traveling in a car to be a very tranquil experience. There is something peaceful about being a passenger in a car, and I like to watch the world go by outside the window.

Inktober 2018 – Day 1 (Poisonous)

I thought I would try to participate in Inktober this year, and attempt to follow the official Inktober one word prompts.

Today’s word is “Poisonous”, and I ended up drawing a snake and some poisonous plants surrounding a pair of feet clad in rain boots. I didn’t really like my initial drawing, so I put it into Illustrator and played around with it. I like the Illustrator colored versions a lot better. I definitely want to experiment more with scanning drawings into Illustrator and digitizing/coloring them.

my original drawing
colored in Illustrator