I think I'm done with Head Thing 2. I might come back later if I think of a good background for it. The next project is to update these 3 old drawings, from an old art show that never happened, and ink them. They're the same size as Head Thing 2. Big. I originally drew them with 2" white borders but now I'm making them edge to edge, full bleed. They're all based off much smaller versions I drew back in 2014 & 2017
Originally I thought about making zines from my Inktober drawings but recently I changed my mind and now I want to make books. Small hardcover books similar to Edward Gorey's. Black ink/print on white uncoated paper. Today I started researching how to get hardcover books printed and pricing. I would really like to get these made so I'm looking for a good vendor to make help make it happen.
I watched a few video tutorials today on how to use After Effects and InDesign. I want to create animations with After Effects for fun and to promote my brand online. InDesign is perfect for putting together zines or books, which I want to do with my Inktober drawings. Tomorrow I'll fire up After Effects and try to create something cool. I'll get to InDesign later. The Inktober zine/book project is on hold till I get the proper gear to take good photos of my drawings.
This was truly a challenge and I'm happy the way my drawings came out. I like them much better than my drawings from the previous two years. This year I drew everything on a separate sketch book before drawing it again in my main book with pencil then inking it. I basically drew each image three times. I used different sized Micron pens, including the Graphic pens and brush pen. When I made booboos I used a white Gelly Roll pen to cover it up. All 31 drawings are original, even tho I copied a few things from last year, and I didn't use any of the official #inktober prompts. If you haven't already figured it out, the number for each day serves as the border to the drawing. If you followed me on Instagram, and viewed my stories, you saw that I added a song to each drawing. The songs usually had something to do with the number or image. That was my DJ brain getting involved.
I didn't really do shit today. The most productive things I did were draw my Inktober drawings for Days 26 & 27, and give Andrew Jackson a 3rd eye.
The last couple years I've made short videos that show how I made my drawings for the last day of Inktober. Day 31 - Halloween. They've included all the sketches I drew and I added music. For 2017 I drew trick-or-treaters with the Silver Shamrock song from the movie Halloween III. For 2018 I drew myself as a zombie Michael Jackson, from the Thriller video, and added the Steve Aoki Midnight Hour Remix. I have an idea of what I'm doing this year but I'm going to wait till we get closer to Halloween before I start sketching.
I spent all day Friday trying to come up with Inktober drawings for Days 17 & 18. For hours, I couldn't think of nothing. I would start sketching something then erase it, over and over. I even looked the official Inktober 2019 prompt list and that didn't help. 17 ended up being a quick goofy demon drawing but for 18 I used a small plastic skull Halloween decoration as a reference and my me wearing my hoodie to make a warm & comfortable grim reaper. It took me all god damn day. I might be losing my mojo. Idk.
I pulled an all-nighter yesterday and uploaded my drawing for Day 16 at 5:00 AM. My whole day & sleep schedule was thrown out of wack and I haven't done a drawing for Day 17. That means tomorrow is a twofer. Here are all 16 drawings so far...
This is now two days in a row running a day behind with the Inktober drawings. I was supposed to draw & upload Day 13 tonight but I'm gonna do it tomorrow with Day 14. A twofer. Back to Day 12 - I already knew what I wanted to draw and that it would take me a long time to finish but I DJ'd a wedding Saturday night and didn't want to pull an all-nighter so I did it today. My inspiration and reference was an animated short from Sesame Street. I used to watch it all the time when I was a little kid growing up in the 80s. It's the pinball cartoon that teaches kids to count to 12. It's called "Pinball Number Count" and it was produced in San Francisco and vocals by the Pointer Sisters
"1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 ,8, 9, 10, 11, 12"
It's 4:15 in the morning, I haven't gone to bed yet and I'm DJing a wedding later so here's another cheater blog post... It's all my Inktober 2019 drawings so far, day 1 thru 11.
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I didn't finish my drawing for day 9. I did one rough sketch (left) and redrew it (center) so I can ink it tomorrow. It's based on an old painting of mine. I gotta get up in 3 hours so I'm going to bed now...
Since all I do is complain about how long it takes to create new things, I thought I'd talk about the Inktober zine I've been working on. I've taken pictures of all the Inktober drawings I did in 2017, processed them and laid them out so they're ready to print. Now I need to come up with art for the front cover and few other pages. Here's what I've done so far. I'm not crazy about any of them. I hope I can knock this out soon because I still have to do Inktober 2018.
I love the idea of posting a daily blog post and drawing something new everyday in October but Damn it takes me a long time. It took me a few hours yesterday and today to come up with an idea, sketch it in pencil then finish it with ink. Now it's almost 3 am and I've been in front of my laptop for atleast an hour thinking about what to write for my blog. I still feel weird writing and saying "I have a blog." A part of me doesn't want anyone to read these. I'm doing the daily blog posts, as recommended by Seth Godin, as an exercise in self discipline, to provide new content, become a better writer, and put more thought and effort into my business. The coolest thing so far has been watching the list of categories grow longer and my archives now span 3 months. (I started August 30 and we're only a week into October, so it's really only been a little over one month) Soon I'll have just as many blog entries as Inktober drawings. The current score is Inktober Drawings: 68 vs Daily Blog Posts: 38. They'll be tied up by the end of the year and by next Inktober, blog posts will be leading by about 270. That's a lot of hours... if I keep it up (It is now 3:18 AM)
Shit I gotta do today:
Holy crap! I've been working all day on making zines of my Inktober drawings from the last two years. I procrastinated and, as always, it's taking way longer than anticipated. I wanted to have a few available for the Sofa Street Mrkt Friday night but that's not going to happen. I took pictures of all the drawings with my phone and processed them using Gimp on my laptop. I then brought them into Illustrator to lay them out and resize them. All this after making a mockup zine by stapling papers and writing notes & page numbers on them. I have all the images for 2017 finishes I just need to design a cover and a few inside pages before I can say it's done. I had to stop working on the zine so I could draw my Inktober drawing for Day 3 and write a blog post before bed.
Now that I spend more time on my own business it's getting harder to switch my brain back in to wedding mode, especially after a couple weekends of vending t-shirts and no DJ gigs. I spent whole day today going over notes, timelines, emails and music requests for my next two weddings for this Saturday and next Saturday. I also had phone meetings with both brides & grooms today after preparing all their wedding music on my work laptop. I like to play the music back for them to make sure I have the correct songs for their ceremony and formal dances as we walk thru their wedding day. After the my last phone meeting tonight I was drained. My eyes were tired from staring at laptop screens and pages of notes so I drew myself for Day 2 of Inktober.
From the official Inktober website:
"Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month."
1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).
2) Post it*
3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2019
*Post it on any social media account you want or just post it on your refrigerator. The point is to share your art with someone. :)
I did it all 31 days in 2017 and 2018 and plan on doing it again for 2019. I don't use the official prompts I like making up my own stuff.
Check out the zombified "Number One" drawing for Day 1 and the sketches I did beforehand. Follow me on Instagram @frankiemcfly to see all my #Inktober drawings.
It stands for Eyes, Mouths & Noses. Creative AF, I know.
It originally started as a drawing I did in October 2017 for #Inktober using only Eyes & Mouths. A year later I'm playing with the idea again and added Noses. Boom! T-shirt design number 2 (EMN) is born.
Fast forward to 2019, a couple weeks before San Jose Day in April. I wanted to make a new shirt for the event and get it done quickly so I thought drawing SAN JOSE in my EMN style would be a piece of cake. Wrong! It took me an extra two months to get shirt number 3 (EMNSJ) made. Barely in time for SubZero in June.
Fun Fact: They are not faces. Each eye, mouth and nose is fully independent of one another.