I realize, at the very tail end of this meat-grinder of a year, that I never posted this year’s INKtober entries. I’ve updated the website and you can check it out here, or just watch the slideshow below.
The goal this year was to tell a story without words. Just a little spin on the challenge and hopefully something to collect and maybe print later. The Papercut Kids is suburban fantasy and colorful and poppy. I wanted to do something scratchier but adventurous. Joseph Campbell, Hero’s Journey kind of thing. I don’t know if it was the stark black and white, a contrarian impulse against the stuff that I had been working on, or if the over-whelming election news coverage had seeped into my subconscious (the 2016 Election in the States was viciously divisive, dear future readers).
I’m a bit under the weather as I write this and I’m listening to the new NIN album. The new NIN sounds like the old NIN (a good thing) and I’m having a hard time concentrating on this…
… I have the wherewithal to wish you all a Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Let’s put 2016 in our collective rearview and endeavor to make more art, better choices and the world a significantly better place.
If you managed to click over here near the middle of 2016 (I don’t know when you’ll be reading this, or who, where or WHAT you might be) …
… you’ll have noticed a large overhaul to this site. Big changes are in the wind. The kid is graduating in June, and Jess and I are looking to move and expand into new digs. I thought the changes should extend into my web presence as well. Sort of throwing a new coat of paint on the beast. The pages are a bit more collected and organized and more importantly the content has been updated.
New art work for everyone!
The hope is that with change comes the chance to create better habits. I plan to post more often, not just in the blog but updating the core content whenever I can. New Papercut Kids comic pages are getting done, and I plan to update that site soon as well. New projects and an eventual shop will pop up here to sell prints and sketch books. Stay tuned for more!
For anyone looking for INKtober 2015 sketches head over to papercutkids.com or to the official Facebook page for daily updates. I put restrictions on myself to only do characters from The Papercut Kids and Derelicts, a boy and his robot tale. I’m curious to see if rules and restrictions truly bolsters creative thought or if I hit a motivational wall. I’ll also have an INKtober 2015 gallery up in November.
You can see all the INKtober 2014 entries without deep diving through the archives right HERE.
A whole month and I thought I could go all out on the final day. Didn’t quite finish it and definitely crossed that line of diminishing returns as the hours ticked on by, but the challenge was to do an ink drawing a day and that’s what I did. Day one’s drawing was maybe 3″x2″ and this last thing is more than 11″x17″. Challenge accepted and completed but leaving something on the table unfinished that I thought I could get done will keep me up at nights.
That said, I’ll update the site with the final art and some detail shots.
This was a fun one. It gets kind of hard to come up with stuff when there are no parameters in place. So I’ve been drawing kind of how I feel when pen hits the paper. Hence the reaching and struggling. Draw from what you know, I guess.