inktober retrospective

october 2019


is upon us—which means it’s time climb out of the coffin and get those inks and watercolors out. since this will be my 4th year participating, here’s a look back at how much of my professional growth this challenge has seen ~


2015 & 16

my first year of inktober
real talk: i have never run a marathon but this is what i imagine it feels like
getting into this challenge was fully without grace but i made it all 31 days. i was exhausted creating content that felt okay to post every-day-no-matter-what, even if they were only meant to be simple ink drawings. wish i could say i planned, or followed a prompt list, or sketched ahead of time—but that was not the case. it was rough.

since then i’ve grown a lot.

here’s a look back <3

2015 (left), 2016 (right)
pen and ink VS inkwashes+

fun fact: i moved from columbus to seattle in the middle of Inktober 2016.


color and animation.
having survived two years of doing inktober, i stopped telling all my friends that i was functionally dead-to-the-world between september and november.
i discovered Mab Graves #drawlloween club and prompt list & started incorporating watercolor. the community of drawlloween was super inspiring.

Watercolor surf swamp monster with neon pink surfboard.


inspired by the work of #mabsdrawlloweenclub and Mab Graves ambitious octobers, i wanted to do full paintings for both technical and portfolio reasons.
these each took about 3-6 hours, concept to final—sketching, re-drawing, painting, scanning, retouching for dust, and color correction.

2018: full color illustrations, every day for 31 days. this is sort of where i draw the line for now (with a full time job.)

2019 🦇

this year i’m looking at a back to basics — environmental/atmospheric ink + a new render of digital illustration that I’ve been working on since 36 Days of Type.

there is a small meetup i’ve started for seattle.

hope you join. happy haunting ~


october 2019