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2020 Horror Portraits
Inktober 2020 – Sktchy held a 30Faces30Days challenge in partnership with Inktober this year, selecting reference photos based on the Inktober prompts.
But October is also SPOOK MONTH and my love for scary things also wanted to be expressed. That’s why I decided to “horrorize” the portraits I did for Sktchy.
Yep. Painted right over the top of ’em. I didn’t manage to draw all the portraits and horrorize them, but it was a good exercise in letting go and not getting too precious about my artwork.
I also attempted to limit time spent on each drawing to 30 minutes (was moderately successful with that). I gained a lot more confidence in ink wash, ballpoint pens, copic markers, and working with mistakes.
And these are portraits I never got around to horrorizing because, frankly, I burned out towards the end. Another lesson to keep learning is to manage realistic expectations around my ambitions. I’m still happy with my effort this year, though.
This was the ONLY year I successfully completed all 31 drawings, and the only way I managed it was to be quick and dirty with ’em. I kept it to two sketches per page so I wouldn’t go wild with ambition, and eventually weaned myself off penciling an underdrawing first. This strategy helped me save time so I could knock out a drawing in 20-30 minutes and go on with my day. I present the drawings as I created them, in a slapdash fashion. So here they are in all their unpolished, disordered, hot cocoa-stained glory.
Aaaand here are the rest. These works represent my first attempts at Inktober, the stalled ambition, the risk-taking, the experimenting, all good things to do when you’re learning to get comfortable with a medium. Some people seemed to like the “Chicken” drawing, so I put him in a comic as “Judgy Chicken” and threw his image up in my Redbubble shop. You never know what idea is going to stick!