Inktober 2019 – What’s in My Sketchbook? (#1)

This is the first year I’ve actively participated in DeviantArt’s “Inktober”, a challenge which entails that you begin and finish as many drawings as you can manage throughout the month of October. The purpose is namely for relaxed, unfettered practice – to stop hyper-correcting and judging your own work, and just getting it finished. I filled about a third of a palm-sized Moleskine storyboard sketchbook with small drawings, all sketched and inked in roughly four hours or less.

Here are some raw snapshots of some of them. Fair warning that these were taken on my phone, and are unedited, so still retain pencil marks. I’m a miniaturist at heart, so these drawings are also tiny, which made them harder to snap. One square is about the length of my thumb, if not shorter.
I corrected the photos enough to where the drawings were clear, though. I did think it was kind of cool how a phone camera sometimes reads the faces of drawings as human faces and focuses in on them. I will upload high quality, clean versions of all of these to my DeviantArt later.


Sailor Moon on the top right! The top left drawing looks very similar to the illustrations I did for Loverboy. I prefer to work on miniscule scales such as these for book illustrations, too. Why? Well, the details of small drawings remain intact no matter how you resize them. While large-scale illustrations are often amazing, a lot can be lost when they are squeezed down to fit into a standard 5×8 or 6×9 novel. Continue reading “Inktober 2019 – What’s in My Sketchbook? (#1)”

Ruminations on Fan Art

It’s coming up on the twentieth anniversaries of a few series I love, which is what brought it up since I’ve thought about showcasing little tributes I’ve drawn for them. I have very odd, conflicted feelings about fan art. I love fan art personally – I think it’s wonderful to see the creative directions an artist can take with an established style, and it’s a good way to shed a bit of light on your other work. But at the same time, I feel odd about dedicating myself so much to fan art.

Stranger still, drawing something (or somebody) you’re a fan of is really unlike original work. It’s less masochistic, to me. Ideas that are extracted from your own imagination without anything to go on can have this sorrow to them that fan art is a little too much fun to have. Fan art doesn’t carry the bad emotions which can seep into self-taught dreams, only the good ones that come from something you love and have a sort of passion for, so I can definitely see why there are people who only draw fan art, and don’t blame them a bit for it.

Just some random thoughts, anyway.

-S. M., March 2018