Inktober 2017: Day 1 (Swift)

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The thought process behind this one went something like this: Swift->The Tortoise and the Hare->Too boring. Draw the tortoise. The jet pack wasn't originally planned; it suddenly materialized as the Pacific Rim soundtrack started playing. Thanks random playlist!

Participating in Inktober this year was not something I decided to do until a few days into October. At that point I also realized I didn't have any real art supplies at home! This one was drawn with a Pentel Pocket Brush, which I picked up at a local art store. Drawing was never my forte, and most of my drawings past high school have been digital.

I've never held an ink brush in my life, and although I miss the undo functionality of digital art it's been plenty fun so far! Part of my motivation for doing this was not just to give myself an excuse to practice, but also to force myself to showcase art I'm not necessarily proud of.

I decided pretty early on that I would try to timebox it, and only allow retries if I unintentionally ruined the drawing. So far it has really helped me get past this "I can do better, so I'm not going to post it" mentality I've had in the past.

I spent maybe 3-4 hours on this one, although most of that time was due to two failed inking attempts. I'll have to cut that time down significantly if I want to finish this before December.

Failed attempts

My digital drawing habits are mostly to blame for these. "I'm just going to tweak this a bit" is not something that should be attempted during the inking stage. At least not at my current skill level.

I managed to ruin two drawings before I decided to skip some details and just call it done. Some aspects of the previous attempts turned out better, in my opinion. Oh well.

My first two botched attempts:

Attempt 1 Attempt 2