A handful of early illustrations and comic strips from the personal finance zine I’ve been making
I’ve been focused on making my zine Intentional Finance. It’s been an enjoyable project to work on and a fun change of pace from fiction comic creating. I recently finished laying out all of the text, so I’ve been drawing a bunch of comics and illustrations to go supplement the writing.
I was in a creative rut in August 2018. My confidence was low after abandoning a project that didn’t work out. I kept doodling, but I didn’t have the burning passion I normally do. I was reading the sci-fi novel Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie during a trip to visit family and absolutely loving it. So I started doodling spaceships in my sketchbook. It was like something unlocked, and I was back to my old creative self.
The doodling of those initial spaceships led me to try to draw 100 ships throughout the month of September. I ended up only drawing 50 because I then did Inktober in October. While I didn’t make it to 100 ships, it was still a success in my mind because it was fun and sparked creativity.
My art and thoughts from my second time participating in the month-long challenge
Hooray, I just finished the Inktober challenge this year. I drew a different illustration each day in ink based on the prompts provided by the challenge. I also made each illustration space themed since I’ve been working on a sci-fi comic.
Sketches, doodles, and illustrations from the last three months
Every three months I’m going to put together a collection of my favorite drawings, doodles, and illustrations. Here’s what I’ve got for the first quarter of the year. (Wow, I can’t believe it’s already April!)
Portrait from magazine reference
Combat scene from Breath of the Wild
Adol from Ys VI (it’d be nice to color this one day)
Yusuke Urameshi from Yu Yu Hakusho
Batman & Joker (from when I was reading The Long Halloween)
At the end of each year, I’m going to put together a journal entry of my favorite illustrations and comics that I made throughout the year. What follows are my highlights from 2017. I’m just starting out and only have four months to pull from, so I’m not overly confident with my ability. Nonetheless, here they are!
All of my drawings from the month, plus my thoughts on the challenge.
I participated in Inktober this past October. Inktober is a monthly challenge where you create and share an illustration made with ink every day throughout the month of October. I shifted my creative focus to drawing in September, so I thought it would be a great way to grow.
There’s a prompt list for each day in Inktober, but I decided to not follow it and instead do my own thing. It would be fun to try the themes next year.
Here are all of my illustrations from the month with commentary, as well as my reflections on the experience.