INKtober day four and uncanny visual recall


A quick little sketch to satisfy the INKtober challenge as the lady and I watched Ernest and Celestine on iTunes this evening. Between all the Boardwalk Empires, Breaking Bads, Walking Deads and The Leftovers you kinda need a palette cleanser. Ernest and Celestine is definitely worth the rental (even a buy if you’re so inclined). Adorable!

This INKtober challenge has been fun but not a thing with which I’m particularly comfortable. Sort of just coming up with stuff and putting pen to paper and letting it go.   Today I got a chance to watch someone who doesn’t have that kind of hang up. Kim Jung Gi is an illustrator and educator from South Korea and he’s been traveling the world doing these live drawing demos. No sketching, all in ink. It’s bananas to watch…

In person its intimidating and comparison is the death of joy (I think that’s how that goes), but holy hell if you’re lucky enough to watch him work and don’t feel like you gotta step your game up then kudos to you.

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I, on the other hand, need to keep cranking away. Day four isn’t a bad start.

INKtober day three

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Three days in and the weekend is here. I’m hoping that everyone just goes out and does something fun.

OH! Speaking of which, this Sunday is Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. If you happen to be in the metro NY area, specifically Queens, a group that I’m associated with, Trips for Kids Metro, is setting up at Cunningham Park and teaching kids and their folks how to ride bikes and, even better, ride on trails! If you’ve never been mountain biking before I highly recommend it.

INKtober and other stuff

There’s this illustrator, teacher, human being called Jake Parker out in Utah or there abouts. He’s supremely talented and you’d be doing yourself a favor by swinging on by to his site. He’s got a knack for getting people involved in what he does by doing the social media thing properly. Earlier this year he took a road trip with his family and while traversing the highways and byways of America he left sketches in public places and left clues via twitter and tumblr for followers and fans to hunt them down and score a free bit of art.

I know, brilliant, right?

A few years back he started a thing called INKtober, where he invites anyone to draw a thing, anything, in ink everyday for the month of October. Post it to your social media of choice, or your refrigerator, ’cause you do you, dammit, and just be fulfilled with the knowledge that you’ve put pen to paper and made something.

A delightful little challenge and something to share with nobody and everyone. So this year I actually have my wits about me enough (meaning I’ve looked at a calendar recently) to take part in this endeavor. I’ll update this post with sketches as it goes but here’s day one…