Inktober is a social media challenge started by illustrator Jake Parker in 2009. I had heard of it and thought about doing it the past couple of years, but this October I decided to give it a go.
The challenge is to complete a new ink project every day for the entire month of October and I'm proud to say I was able to pull it off without missing a single day.
I started each piece by sketching lightly in pencil, then drawing by hand in ink and erasing any leftover pencil lines. Some days I used a dip pen with Hunt #102 crow quill nib, other days I used Copic multiliners of various sizes, and sometimes I used a Pentel pocket brush pen for the line work. On almost all days I used Tombow ABT dual brush markers to quickly add in grey tones. All pieces are hand drawn in ink on 9"x12" bristol board unless otherwise noted and most of the original pen drawings are available for sale in the shop while they last.
Day 1: Zombie Self-Portrait
So, I had taken on this big challenge of finishing a new ink drawing every day, and although I had given myself a vague monsters/Halloween/October theme, I had no idea of what I was going to draw each day, but know that I couldn't spend a lot of time thinking about it. For day one, I figured a self-portrait of myself as a zombie was as good a place to start as any.
Day 2: Octomustachio
For day 2, I had decided that the day's drawing prompt would be "hybrid creature" and after a bit of sketching and putzing about, realized that I had started an early rough sketch of a man with a cephalopod mustache floating around in one of my sketchbooks that was dying to be finished. So I dusted off that early idea, reworked it a bit and finally finished the fellow off. I threw in the banner at the last minute as a way to celebrate that I was actually doing this thing.
Day 3: Nosferatu
Max Schreck's portrayal of Count Oarlock, the main character of Nosferatu, as a simultaneously horrifying yet somehow pitiful rodent-like creature rather than a suave foreign diplomat type (as Lugosi played essentially the same character) burned itself into my brain the first time I saw it. On Day 3, I decided that another one of the goals for this project would be to draw a subject I had wanted to cover for a long time: classic movie monsters. I've loved monster, horror, and sic-fi movies since as early as I can remember.
Day 4: Wolfman
On Day 4, I decided to sketch from screen while watching the Wolfman. I started just with grey tones and then worked in the details in ink.
Day 5: Wicked Witch of the West
On Day 5, I decided to use chipboard and do an illustration with a main figure silhouetted by the moon. For some reason, I settled on the Wicked Witch of the West.
Day 6: Cryptkeeper
I probably watched every episode of Tales From the Crypt when I was a teenager.
Day 7: Edward Scissorhands
For Day 7, I somehow settled upon the idea of sketching Edward Scissorhands carving a Jack O'Lantern.
Day 8: Flora
On Day 8, I decided that getting a little skull drawing practice in would be a good thing to work on that would fit the theme nicely.
Day 9: Trumpenstein
For Day 9 I was going to do Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster, but I decided to draw while watching the second presidential debate and this ended up happening.
Day 10: Antlerboy
I used Day 10 as an excuse to get in more skull drawing practice. Antlers seemed like a nice upgrade.
Day 11: Sleepy Sasquatch (?)
I don't even know what this is. I just started drawing a head and this is what it turned into. Poor fella looks like he may have a cold.
Day 12: Flying Monkey
The flying monkeys were probably my favorite part of the Wizard of Oz as a kid. Drawing the witch on Day 5 got me thinking of drawing this guy.
Day 13: Regan
I'd say the Exorcist is probably still on anyone's top 3 list of scariest movies of all time.
Day 14: Gill Man
Day 14 was back to classic movie monsters with Creature From the Black Lagoon
Day 15: Mummy
Not the Mummy, mind you, just a Mummy. Nobody's Mummy in particular.
Day 16: La Catrina
This was an attempt to draw someone in day of the dead calavera makeup. I skipped using grey marker because I figured I might want to finish it in watercolor later.
Day 17: Hothead
Day 17 brought yet another skull. They are really fun to draw. I had decided on doing my own skull and crossbones, jolly roger kind of thing.
Day 19: Piranha
My prompt for day 19 was to draw a real creature, but unrealistically. I decided on a piranha.
Day 20: Owl in a Suit
For day 20, the prompt was to draw an animal in Victorian attire. I chose Mr. Owl here.
Day 21: Doodle Mandala
I just didn't feel like drawing anything representational today, so I just pattern-doodled out a mandala. I feel better now.
Day 22: Mariachi Calavera
Day 22 seemed as good a day as any for a Dia De los Meurtos-inspired piece.
Day 24: Anthropomorphic Turnip
Yes, that's right, it's an anthropomorphic turnip. Morty the Anthropomorphic Turnip, to be precise.
Day 26: Flying Ace
Yes, it's another skull. This time wearing a different kind of period clothing
Day 27: One-Eyed Willie
For Day 27, I decided to dip back into the well of skeletons in different costumes and ended up going with One-eyed Willie from the Goonies, another one of my childhood favorites.
Day 28: Jack O'Lantern
Day 28 was the day we carved our pumpkins for Halloween, so I decided to just draw one of them.
Day 25: Michonne and her Pets
I was excited about the season premiere of TWD, so I drew this.
Selected illustration, packaging design and other past work by Trey Eckles.