Inktober 2019 Conclusion

Oops, pretty late on this one! Another year of #Inkotber has come and gone.

This is my 5th year participating, but only my 3rd year actually managing to make a new painting for nearly the whole month. I usually burn out somewhere in the last week or am too busy with the influx of holiday portrait commissions to be able to finish, but I’m always glad to have participated.

This year, as anticipated, I crashed and burned near the end with the incoming commissions. But I did make a few pieces I’m really proud of, and really solidified a style I enjoy working in.

The fox painting below has already sold, and I was honestly a little heartbroken to part with it. It’s one of those pieces I keep looking at and I can’t believe I made it. Real proud of it for now, so I’m probably going to make a print to hang on my wall.

I also got pretty obsessed with the purple/orange/black palette I ended up using. Still on a roll with it, and trying to incorporate some more colors into it.

The main four colors I used for it are Dioxazine purple, Mauve, Cadmium Orange Hue, and Payne’s Grey. Then obviously black ink along with them.

A little tip I discovered (which is honestly probably common sense to you if you use ink frequently), is that you can clean a plastic ink palette really well with rubbing alcohol!

My palette has been stained and building up ink for like 5 years now and I didn’t want to throw it out, but I couldn’t see what colors. Was actually mixing in it. Then I realized if I clean my dip-pen nibs with rubbing alcohol, why the hell would I not try that on my palette?!

Works like a charm. Except for the areas that had the least diluted ink. Those are pretty caked on, but at least now I can actually see what I’m mixing. I hope that tip can help someone!

That’s all I’ve got for now. Most of my original Inktober paintings can be found in my Etsy shop, and I’m working on making prints of the few that people requested on Instagram. Now, onward to the holiday shop rush!

Thanks for reading, and stay warm! ❤

It’s that time of year again…

Inktober time! I’ll be trying again to complete a new ink painting everyday for the month of October. I’ll be posting them daily to Instagram (find me @cait_gadd on there in case you wanna follow along!).

As per usual, I’ll be loosely following a weekly prompt. So far, I’m starting of warming up my inking skills with a week of painting antiques. I bought some new inks, so these will also serve as tests of sorts.

For the rest of the prompts, I’m thinking a week of insects and flowers (Fall always reminds of spook Halloween things, which always makes me think of bugs), different animals with their respective skulls, and not sure about the last week yet. I may just go rando and toss themes out the window by that point.

My whole goal this year though, is to get better at using colored inks and incorporating more ink into my work in general. I have a ton of colored, and even some iridescent, inks but I have a hard time making them work in a piece. I also pretty much only use inks during October for the Inktober challenge and for the occasional black and white commission so I’d really just like to get some more use out of them as I enjoy painting with them and really love how they look.

New inks I’m looking forward to trying out:
-Speedball Acrylic Ink in Indigo (cobalt or primary blue would be more accurate, though)
-Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Ink in Violet and Teal
-Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Inks in Sepia and Process Magenta
I’ll post an update on how it goes at the end of the month!

Catching Up & Finishing my 365-day Drawing Challenge on Instagram

Time to catch up…

Oh hello there! It’s been a while since I’ve made a post hasn’t it? I ran out of time for extra things in November. I just worked a ton, made some new year’s goals and finished a year long drawing challenge.

Did you have a good holiday season, or was it a lot of chaos too?

I posted a new drawing to Instagram every day for an entire year!

Another big thing I’ve accomplished recently, was finishing a 365-day drawing challenge! I’ve made a post before about what I’ve learnt along the way, but I just can’t believe I actually made it to the end. A new drawing or painting. Every. Single. Day to make.

Then there’s the photo to take, editing said photo, writing a blurb to go with it, tagging it, and then eventually posting it to Instagram. It was a ton of work but I am so happy I stuck it out to the whole way through.

This accomplishment itself deserves a whole post, so I’ll probably be posting a detailed conclusion of that soon.

New year’s resolutions

I’ve recently had a look back at what I’ve accomplished in 2018, and was surprised I could actually cross off most of the resolutions I made. I started an Etsy shop, built my website portfolio, started this little blog here, and a ton of other more personal goals ❤

Going forward into the new year, I’ve made a couple new goals. I want to really focus on my portfolio to get more commissions as well as some larger, professional editorial work under my belt.

Right now, what I want more than anything in the world, is to make painting and illustration my full time job and be able to leave my less-than-stellar retail day job. I also want to keep blogging here to improve at writing, and I think I’d like to start making more videos for Youtube as well. I even got a fancy (for me anyways) new microphone for it, so ya girl’s gonna be adding voiceovers to vids now~

Anyways, thanks for reading!

Inktober 2018 – Conclusion

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Oh color, how I’ve missed you!

Okay I know, I could have used more color inks and generally Copic markers qualify as ink too. It just seems the perfect season for a grungy black and white style. But as much as I love painting with ink now, I miss my colorful acrylics! Excited to be back to sharing them ❤

So I said I wanted to do a spooky theme throughout October, but I totally burned out about halfway through. I ran out of ideas, so the whole spooky thing ended up being a flop. I changed angles and just tried jumping straight into painting with ink, instead of sketching each painting out first.

Here where some of the initial ‘spooky’ ones:
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