Inktober 2017 (Not a Question Mark)

Inktober 2017 ListI’ve decided to participate in inktober this year, although I’ve made a different list, because… *shrug*. They’re mostly animals (full Chinese zodiac, if you look closely), with some stuff that my sister added.

Do I think I’m going to hit every single day? No. But I’m gonna try, which is I guess what counts.

Also, I’ve been wanting to play around with that font up top for a while now. Looks nice, right?

This should be interesting.

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30 (ish)-Day Drawing Challenge: Day Twenty-Three

Day Twenty-Three of the 30 (ish)-Day Drawing Challenge: harbor + mustache.

Day Twenty-Three: Harbor (and a Mustache)

This is actually a scene from a photo I took in Steveston in B.C. As promised, there is a mustache in the corner. I think the white of the mustache really brings out the green of the water. I had so much fun making this– I might do more impressionist-from-photo things in the future. It was very relaxing. Therapeutic. And I think it turned out pretty well.

As you can see, I’m starting to slow down (like, really slow down) with these drawing challenges. I’ll still try to do them, but with me being in school now and being somewhat sick, I don’t know when the next one will be. I’ll try to finish up the last seven within the month, but that’s a tentative arrangement. Still, I will not abandon this!


For Day Twenty-Four:

  • pencil/charcoal
  • colored pencil
  • digital
  • digital with color
  • my pick

and

103. fruits/veggies + the four elements

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30 (ish)-Day Drawing Challenge: Day Twenty-Two

Day Twenty-Two of the 30 (ish)-Day Drawing Challenge: An Untranslatable Word.

Day Twenty-Two: Ataraxia

Back to doing one of my favorite things: hand lettering! And with one of my favorite words, too.

From a purely aesthetic standpoint, I love the sound of the word as you say it, and it has a nice symmetrical look about it, don’t you think? The word ataraxia is from the Greek language, and is a state of calm, tranquility, or imperturbability. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ataraxia (ἀταραξία) translates directly to “impassiveness”; the word has been adopted into the English language to form the noun ataraxy, which is defined as “Freedom from disturbance of mind or passion; stoical indifference,” though it is rarely used.

I found one definition I had saved because I rather liked it, though I don’t know where it came from: “the lack of agitation that comes from understanding the ways of the universe, accepting fate, knowing what one can control and, therefore focusing only on the things one can actually change.” It also has different philosophical interpretations, depending on which Greek school of thought you’re listening to– which I think gives the word its “untranslatability.” Definitions I’ve found range from seeing and accepting things as they are, being in a state where you cannot be agitated, or drawing calm from the pursuit of virtues. I’m probably only scratching the surface here. (If anyone knows about classical Greek philosophy or knows more about this word, I’d love to hear from you!)


For Day Twenty-Three:

  • pencil/charcoal
  • colored pencil
  • digital
  • digital with color
  • my pick

and

94. something on this list + a mustache

The something: 58. harbor

This ought to be fun. Five days left– I’d better stop slacking!

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30 (ish)-Day Drawing Challenge: Day Eighteen

Day Eighteen of the 30 (ish)-Day Drawing Challenge: Mythological Creature.

Day Eighteen: Phoenix

Sorry I seemed to have dropped off the edge of the earth for a while– things have been kind of…. difficult lately. In a way the phoenix is ironically fitting, since I guess I’m supposed to be metaphorically rising from the ashes of whatever is plaguing me right now. Or something.

Anways, some of the detail in the drawing has been lost, since the colored pencils I use have glossy sheen that for some reason makes the orange super saturated (remember goldfish girl?) when scanned. The pictures of phoenixes that I’ve seen generally are based on hawks or eagles or swans or something. I used a willow tit for reference, just because I like them. Looks like a little baby phoenix.


For Day Nineteen:

  • pencil/charcoal
  • colored pencil
  • digital
  • digital with color
  • my pick

and

69. cityscape (+1)

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30 (ish)-Day Drawing Challenge: Day Seventeen

Day Seventeen of the 30 (ish)-Day Drawing Challenge: A Garden.

Day Seventeen: A Garden

The square is about 2.5″ x 2.5″, which I thought would be cute. I’ve always had a soft spot for impressionism, so I was really thrilled to do this. Ironically, however, I wish I’d done more planning so that this garden picture had more… garden, in it.


For Day Eighteen:

  • pencil/charcoal
  • colored pencil
  • digital
  • digital with color
  • my pick

and

50. mythological creature

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30 (ish)-Day Drawing Challenge: Day Sixteen

Day Sixteen of the 30 (ish)-Day Drawing Challenge: Cat.

Day Sixteen: CatI tried to make a fluffy cat. Kinda looks like a were-cat.

I’ve always wanted a cat, but my sister has allergies and my father hates animals. Or at least, he hates taking care of animals. Once he convinced my sister and I that he was allergic to dogs just so he could avoid getting us one. Nice, dad.

So no cat for Jackie. Unless they are of the two-dimensional variety.

Just past the halfway mark! Whoo!


For Day Seventeen:

  • pencil/charcoal
  • colored pencil
  • digital
  • digital with color
  • my pick

and

60. garden

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