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Inktober 52: 2021

As has become the norm for me I will be posting all my inktober drawings this year for Inktober 52.

Since a lot of my inktober work is a basically a sketchbook study I am going to be presenting my sketches a bit differently this year, by sharing the sketchbook page. If I design actually does well enough I might flush these out in to more complete designs but since I do these for fun and practice that is what I plan on sharing this year.

This year I am returning to an app I haven’t used in a long time for my drawings. This year I will be using Paper53 by WeTransfer for my inktober drawings. This app is more like a traditional sketchbook without layers and some of the bells and whistles which allows me to work more like I would and have traditionally worked in a time before the iPad. (that’s right kids there was a time before the iPad 😉)

Week 1: Fresh 🧼

The first prompt this year is Fresh. With that my mind went to clean and soap and the old zest commercials from before the entire world could avoid commercials with binge watching and netflix 😉.

Week 2: Home 🏠

Prompt no.2 is home and I immediately thought of the old saying “Be it ever so humble… there is no place like Home!” So I drew a little house 🏠 for this one.

Week 3: Reflection 🪞

When I think of a reflection I always think of a mirror so a hand holding a mirror 🪞 seemed appropriate.

Week 4: Ancient

When I think ancient my mind always goes to the pyramids at Giza. At 4500 years old they seem pretty ancient to me, despite what the pyramids might think about their own age 😉.

Week 5: Remote🏝

When I think of remote my mind immediately goes to the old cartoons where the character ends up on a deserted island 🏝 picturing his friend as food or some such ridiculous thing right before Bugs Bunny shows up and chaos ensues.

Week 6: Monster

Inktober 52: Week 6: Monster

I had Looney Tunes on the brain this week and the Tazmanian Devil is a little bit of a monster. Not that that makes him a match for Bugs Bunny. Personally I consider this a bit of a character study because I am trying to work on my skills when it comes to character design this year. 😊

Week 7: Dragonfly

For this one I decided to combine the literal with the obsurd. When I was done drawing the dragonfly it felt like it was missing something so I added flames 🔥.

Week 8: Camping ⛺️

I have tents ⛺️ on the brain this week. This week I was inspired by another project I am working on for this quick little doodle. I hope no one tells Yogi that we left out the picnic basket 🧺.

Week 9: Egg 🥚

All I can say about this is that I have Easter on the brain with this post. 🐣

Week 10: Powerful

So when I hear the word powerful I always think of the Genie from the Disney movie Aladdin and that Robin Williams Line.

“Phenomenal Cosmic Power! Itty-Bitty Living Space.

Robin Williams as the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin 1992.

Week 11: Spaceship 🛸

For this weeks drawing I just felt like keeping it simple. So it ended up being a simple pencil and ink drawing reminiscent of the types of doodles I used to make in my notebooks when I was bored in class.

Week 12: Microscopic 🔬

So you know how ear worms can get stuck in your head and you walk around humming them for days and can’t remember the name of it? Well this was one of those fortuitous times when I figured out what the song was in time for it to be the inspiration of this weeks Inktober. And as far as ear worms go having Sinatra stuck in your head is not a bad thing 😊.

Week 13: Brave 🗡

For this weeks prompt I went back to an old favorite. Zelda games were some of the only games that I finished from beginning to end when I was a kid, and in a lot of ways they still are the only games I finish. Tried something different with the shading this time and I think I like it better.

Week 14: Shield 🛡

This week I find myself still with Zelda on the brain. However I would like to pose a question? Why can’t the princess save herself? She seems pretty capable to me.

Week 15: Star🌟

I feel a bit like a slacker this week. My only justification is that I am working on other projects where my attention is needed at the moment. Plus I love Bugs Bunny, they are definitely my favorite cartoons.

Week 16: Stand 🪧

I really had issues deciding where to go with this image, just drawing someone standing didn’t seem adequate and also seemed to literal. Then there was the humorous angle, and how to maybe incorporate that; which obviously isn’t the way I went with the drawing. In the end there are many ways to “Stand” so I drew a hermit crab 🐚 taking a stand. He may be tiny but he definitely has something to say!

Week 17: Waves 🌊 👋

I felt very unsure about how literal to take this little cartoon this week but I think it came together in the end. Special thanks to my kid who provided some inspiration for it.

Week 18: Cat 🐱

For this weeks prompt I decided to draw my cat. He is always looking for more food even after I feed him; so I decided that I would make the cartoon version of him happily holding a fish.

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