Last October I joined in on Jake Parker’s INKtober challenge and it was pretty fun, so I’ve decided to add it to my annual traditions. You can find the full rules over on Jake’s tumblr but the gist of it is that you do an inked drawing each day in October and tag it on social media with “#inktober”. Here are mine from last year:

INKtober 2012

In order to make it something I could fit into my schedule every day, I decided to go with just headshots drawn on 3″ x 3″ squares of bristol board. This approach also allowed me to work through some character design ideas for a comic I have on the backburner. I inked them with a selection of Pigma Microns, Staedtler pigment liners and a Faber-Castell PITT brushpen for the solid blacks, if you’re curious.

I’ll be sticking with the same approach this year, with one exception. Instead of working on human character designs, I’ll be exploring designs for the bears and raccoons that live amongst the humans in my story. I’m curious to see what kind of variety I can get while still keeping the art style cohesive. Here’s today’s furball:

INKtober 2013 Day 1

Rather than flood my main blog with a new entry every day, I’ll be posting a weekly round-up. If you want to see each drawing while the ink is still wet, follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Flickr or Tumblr. I’ll be posting to those every day. Keep watch and see if I can keep up to the challenge!

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