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It’s here!


It’s Inktober!

I can hear your anguished groans of delight.

First time I tried it, I did three or four terrible drawings and quit. Next time — last year — I did lots and lots of terrible drawings. And then quit.

Thinking about it, if you’re doing terrible drawings, the sooner you quit the better.

Oh well. Let us begin our wild, if probably brief, journey.

Oh, yes, I’m looking at you, weirdly foreshortened thumb. It is an axiom of working from photos: if something doesn’t look right — even if it is measurably, demonstrably right — it ain’t right.

Photos are stupid.

But that’s the thing about working in ink. You just got to suck it up buttercup resolve to do better next time.




Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: October 1, 2019, 9:03 pm

Maybe this year’s theme should be chickens, breasts and forks.

How the hell did you get that angle to draw that? are you a contortionist! (don’t go spoiling it for me by telling me those aren’t your hands, or ask me to explain how you could hold your hands like that AND draw them at the same time).

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 1, 2019, 10:23 pm

Oh, good! I’d forgotten about Inktober and this is a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed your fowl drawings last year a lot. Have you chosen a theme for 2019?

As for that thumb, Mme. Ermine, it looks fine to me. And if it doesn’t look fine to you, even Albrecht Dürer didn’t get at least one thumb looking quite right.

Comment from BJM
Time: October 1, 2019, 11:47 pm

Yay! I so enjoyed Chickentober last year.

Just do it…let the ink flow and stop overthinking it, if I could draw half as well as you I would be thrilled. Well, maybe I wouldn’t coz it would only be half as good as you.

Never mind.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: October 2, 2019, 12:38 am

I never get an answer, but I’ll try again. Do artists use electonic “pencils” to try with? You know, Apple pencil on an iPad.

In the Apple Store, they will tell you they do. And then demonstrate all the cool ways their pencil draws stuff. But they always say we’re not artists, of course. And what they draw convinces me of that.

I’ve seen Ronald Reagan done in Jelly Bellies and its signed by an artist, so art doesn’t have to use ink and paper. Just curious.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: October 2, 2019, 12:41 am

Oh yeah. What happened to the finger prints on two of the digits? And why is the thumb smaller than the little finger?

Or maybe these are the hands of two people holding each other? That solves the small thumb issue. And also explains why one looks so much daintier than the other.

Its late here.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: October 2, 2019, 1:10 am

I thought you finished all the Inktober entries last year… good luck this year.

Comment from Can’t Hark My Cry
Time: October 2, 2019, 12:44 pm

Yay! I LOVE when Weasel does Inktober! Stick with it!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 2, 2019, 1:14 pm

Oh yes, tom — there are all sorts of digital equivalents to traditional media, and they look lovely in the hands of an expert. It helps a whole bunch if you have one of these.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 2, 2019, 2:34 pm

I loved last Year’s Chickens of Inktober, and I especially admired your ability to turn each daily prompt into a chicken.

Lovely hands today (er, yesterday).

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