INKTOBERRRRR TIME! | Inktober Day 01 | India Ink and Dip Pens | 2019
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INKTOBERRRRR TIME! | Inktober Day 01 | India Ink and Dip Pens | 2019


Can you believe it’s October already? Anyway, today
I’m gonna be drawing my very first Inktober piece. For ink, I’m going to be using the rest of my Dr Ph Martin Bombay India ink in the color black. This ink is not as full as it once was. So as a refill, I bought this lifetime supply of Speedball ink. I bought it on Amazon [Mouth pop] It came with a free leak, but it’s fine. I fixed it. Everything’s good I’m going to be drawing everything on this Bristol board because I literally just googled, “What paper should I use my inks on?” and it was all like Bristol! So I thought I’d give it a shot. Last year,
I did all my Inktober drawings in my illo sketchbook, which worked, you know, surprisingly well, but sketchbooks are meant for sketching and they’re a little cumbersome and it’s not that easy to like move them around and when you’re inking, I think it helps a lot if you can move your paper. I thought I’d try something different this year. Let’s do it. Day one. Let’s get inking. ♪ So day one kind of carries a lot of weight, you know, you’ve got that excitement that you’re like Oh, I have this huge journey ahead of me, but also, you’re worried that if you mess up the first one, all the rest of your drawings are gonna just be equally I tried a couple different things. This first idea. I don’t know. I wasn’t a hundred percent Again. This is day one. I want it to be great! So then I tried another idea, but then this one just didn’t fill the page. I was using a very large piece of paper. I usually draw a lot smaller, I really like to work in like an A5 size. This obviously is 9×12, (which is a lot bigger.) I just wasn’t taking advantage of that space and it just made me feel kind of guilty. So then we started the third sketch. [Laughs] Don’t be afraid to try multiple times. Everybody does it. This time, I decided to sit the character down, if that makes any sense because it would fill the page more horizontally, even though it’s obviously in portrait and you’ll
also notice that I’m being extremely sketchy with it Like I’m using circles for kneecaps and lines for legs There’s no need to add detail until you’re very sure that this is the route you want to take, which is also a mistake I made with the first two. I think I put a little bit too much detail into the face. I redo the face multiple times in this new one, until I get the one that I like the best and I’m actually really happy with what I decided to go with and I’m glad I didn’t just settle with first. As cute and happy as this character looks, It didn’t have
the expression that I was looking for for this drawing and this is the point where I fell in love with this drawing. The curly hair. I feel like I fall into a rut when it comes to hair I end up drawing the exact same hairstyle on every single character. [Laughs] All the time and it occurred
to me that I haven’t drawn curly hair in a while and the reason for that is because I kind of avoid it, it makes me nervous. I like to simplify hair into blocky shapes and with curly hair, I feel like it requires a lot more lines to make it look like curly hair. I decided not to keep putting it off. I tried to break it down into simpler shapes. it didn’t need to be super complicated and this
is especially important for me in the sketching process because illustrations are complicated, sketches don’t have to be. Start simple and build from there. Lately, most of my inspiration has been coming from watching like fashion youtubers and like just scrolling through Pinterest on outfits that are “in style.” I thought I can just draw characters in all these outfits that I want, right? [Laughs] It might be obvious but I’ve been drawing a lot of characters just because of the outfit. The outfits is what inspired me and I kind of just draw a bland character in them. So that they don’t distract too much from the outfit. This outfit is supposed to be like a corduroy fitted dress. button placket down the front and a little slit at the hip and spaghetti straps. [Laughs, deep inhale] I really want this outfit. I want it in either like a burgundy or like a deep SAP green in corduroy [Sighs deeply] It’s fall! [Laughs] This year is the first year that – Oh, this is becoming just a fashion vlog. [Giggles] This year is like the first year that I’ve been experimenting with pastels. I’ve always been like a navy, black, charcoal gray kind of girl. a Actually last year I experimented. This year I was like comfortable in the pastels. But also I’m just feeling like I need to come home to my dark colors. So I’m excited for fall [Laughs] and while I was falling in love with most of the sketch, It made me realize the face just didn’t really fit the mood I was going for, so I erased the heck out of that thing and we began drawing my second attempt at a face. This time I turned the head a little bit to the left, made it a little bit less forceful. The first one was like looking directly at you, and it was just like full face. So I turned the head a little bit so you can see the actual shape of her face. I decided to give her a little bit of a turtleneck that was like a half sleeve. Is that what you call that? I actually have no idea. It’s not a long sleeve. It’s not 3/4. It’s not a short sleeve, it’s like a… Half sleeve and at this point, I kept bringing the shoulders higher and higher up and it was giving off this really cute kind of like innocent playful pose But the way the head was looking didn’t really fit that. It was just like she’s just looking that way and her shoulders are scrunched up That’s just bad posture. I decided to draw the third face third time is the charm, isn’t it? I took the head and I turned it down and under one of the shoulders So she’s kind of like baring her chin in her shoulder and doing a little giggle. And oh, I love it so much more. I think she just looks adorable! Then this point, it’s not like only filling up one stripe of the page, But there’s still a lot of space on either side of this character like it doesn’t fit a shape. So I decided adding in these – [Laughs] I don’t know I’ve seen other artists do this and it looks cool. I started adding in these like leaves around her I don’t – I don’t know. [Laughs] So I went back and started working on the hair again And I also
added a necklace and gave her some accessories like glasses on her head and filled in the whole right side of the character with some more of these like abstract, organic shapes. One of them’s a flower. Can you tell which one? I really liked the composition, I wasn’t 100% with the idea just because it was a little bit more abstract than I usually go for. I was
really excited about the direction this sketch was going. I was very happy with all the changes I had made. So I just had
to add in some final details to some of the areas like the hands and the boots because before I start adding in the ink, I want to
make sure I know exactly where I want to put the ink Ink isn’t necessarily the time I would suggest that you take chances. That’s for when you have a pencil in your hand. A few finishing touches just to make sure it looked exactly the way I wanted it to. Then I took my kneaded eraser, This is Beluga and I erased everything but not completely. I made sure I left it a little bit visible. So that I could obviously put ink where I wanted it. I started in the top-left corner of the page, that way I would have space to put my hand without rubbing it in the wet ink. This won’t work a hundred percent of the time because some shapes are a little bit more difficult to get without
turning the page, but it’s a pretty good place to start. So for this illustration the top left obviously was the hair, which was pretty good because this was the part I was very nervous about because I wasn’t sure if I could draw it and actually make it look good. [Laughs] I was nervous I was gonna mess it up like I usually do with curly hair. So by starting with this and having it actually turn out pretty good, I had this like confidence and then [Laughs] I was like if that’s the part I was worried about destroying I can do anything! [Deep inhale, sigh, laughs] I want to just draw a little bit of attention to this necklace I’m drawing. I think it’s a little inspired by like Luna Lovegood. Then I also give her round glasses. Like this was all subconscious, I’m just trying as like an art historian to understand my own illustration. I don’t know, it just gives me Luna Lovegood vibes, but she’s wearing the Harry Potter glasses. This is not meant to be some kind of strange fan fiction. Like it’s Luna and Harry’s child or something. I don’t ship that. [Laughs] Just want to put that out there because it looks like I do. This was just a spur-of-the-moment creativity, letting my brain spew onto the paper. Maybe my brain ships them, but I don’t. It’s probably not that big a deal because the necklace kind of gets hidden when we start adding in color and by color I mean different shades of black. [Giggles] So the point of Inktober is to practice using inks and to practice line work. Which honestly I probably need. It’s not my favorite step, so I kind of like try to skip over it and take shortcuts when I can. So actually sitting down and trying to ink this meaningfully and purposefully, was very good for me. I definitely found myself taking some shortcuts, but for the most part, I wasn’t thinking about, “Oh what colors am I going to use?” “Ooh, what else do I need to do with this drawing?” because it’s all about inking. So I was thinking about tones and I was thinking about contrast and this is all part of the inking process because there is no next step, you know. So I made the lines thicker and bolder where like there might be less light or more shadows being cast and thin lines where the lines aren’t necessarily as important and thicker lines where they are and I almost got to the point where I forgot that I don’t really enjoy doing this. [Laughs] Obviously, I would rather ink a drawing than like go back to school for accounting or something. I’m just saying, in the whole scale of art, which is something I love and adore, it’s not my favorite because
I’m very enthusiastic so when I don’t like something I like enthusiastically don’t like it, but I don’t hate it Okay? [Laughs, deep inhale] And if I say, I hate it, I just mean in comparison to like how sketching makes me feel. once most of the ink was done on the character, It was time to decide what I wanted to do. I’m calling it the background. You know how I said “inking is not the time for experimenting.” Well, I threw that out the window today, so don’t listen to me. [Tsss] I’m a hypocrite. basically, I was like I don’t really like the sketch I have so I’m just gonna start drawing in some twigs, With a few random leaves because I feel like that’s more Fall themed and Inktober, Fall, they go together. They’re like two peas in a pod. So I just started adding in these things with no sketch. [Nervous laugh] I’m still like taken aback that I did this because I was really happy with the way the sketch was looking and to bet it all on hoping this background doesn’t look like poop? That’s so not like me. I guess it’s that confidence I was talking about earlier. When the hair turned out good, I got some confidence that I don’t usually see, so going in and doing this felt like nothing to me. It was like I can do it! [Laughs] Which I wish that feeling on everyone. It’s very rare, so I’m glad I was able to take advantage of it I guess but it wasn’t all sunshine and roses Um, you know how I said “start top left so you don’t put your hand in the wet ink.” Well… [Sad music] As Hannah Montana would say, “Everybody makes mistakes.” Okay, so I think it adds a little charm to the piece. [Deep inhale] That might be my confidence speaking. It looks pretty stupid. [Laughs] Anyway, finished up my twigs, my random leaves, then I decided to add in some leaves that were like falling or had fallen to signify the coming of Fall. Me trying to bring meaning to a random illustration of a random girl. That’s not Luna and Harry’s kid. So, with that I was just about done with the ink. So I signed it. Waited did like four hours because I want to make sure it was completely dry. There was some heavier spots. Anywhere you see here on the line art, that’s like a larger section of black is like a thicker, wetter section of black. Which means I have to wait longer for it to dry and I love having those effects so it’s worth it. With a little editing magic, It’s fully erased and dried! WOO! I was so excited for inktober and I’ve been wanting one of these for forever. I bought this little flower shaped ink dish, you can use for like watercolors or paints or anything and like I’m always looking for a palette like this, So I finally bought it because I thought it looked so cool with like little layers of black ink in it. [URGH] I love that ink looks when you drop it in the water. [Squeals] I started did with what I thought would be like a nice light Mid-tone and I colored in the tights and it started a little too light. So, I darkened it up a little bit but I end up darkening up even more later on. This is my first time ever like pre-mixing ink washes. So it was definitely an experimental route And so I moved over to like the darker color and started coloring in the boots, then I moved back to that light color and Colored in her back leg and I left a little too much water on my brush, which
caused some pretty interesting textures on her legs. Which I think actually kind of helps it look like tights because
it looks like there’s maybe some parts that are thinning and I don’t know it’s just a fun texture and actually play off that later on. Then for the dress, to add contrast, I wanted it to be darker than the tights. So I went in and colored that in, gave it a simple wash. Again, this time I think I added a little too much water. I didn’t dry the brush quite enough. Yeah, just some things I’m learning and trying to like make a mental note to myself. [Laughs] But anyway
I ended up darkening up the dress a lot more, which I’m very happy that I did. Because I had diluted the ink, it was drawing a lot faster than the line work was. So I felt comfortable enough just coloring in some of the things on the right side like some of those twigs. I just love the way the ink dries. It gives this really fun texture, but like when it’s wet, it looks a little messy, like you have no idea what you’re doing Which I don’t but when it dries, it looks so much more purposeful. I love it. While that was drying, I turned the page and started coloring in on the other side and I also began coloring in the hair. Now, I saw in my mind the hair being like the darkest section, maybe at least either darker or as dark as her boots. So I started coloring that in. It was very nerve-wracking. because it was just so dark and pigmented but as it dried, it lightened. So I ended up actually putting another layer on top of that to make it even darker. So, I don’t know what I was worried about. [Laughs] and then
I wanted to experiment with textures, not just tones, so I added stripes to her little like turtleneck… Half sleeve [Laughs] And then this is when the necklace kind of gets lost. So maybe in the future, if I had drawn this, I’d make
the necklace even more of a statement necklace, like huge because right now just gets swallowed up by the rest of the illustration. When I was drawing it, I wanted it to kind of be like one of those character items that gave the character more personality, but obviously it just got lost and then this part was really fun, adding in the lines on her arm because you curve them around the arm I don’t know. Stripes [Laughs] Adding the stripes around her arm because you get to curve them around the arm, and then
the shoulder, I don’t know, I really had fun with that. Then I took another dark tone and started adding in some details, like I colored in the laces on her little boots. And then I also added a little bit of shading to her dress ‘Cause it was flat and I love that flat look, don’t get me wrong, I love line work and flat colors, but I thought a little bit of shading would go a long way because she is supposed to be leaning forward a little bit and I think I dropped the ball on that one with the sketch. She’s sat up very straight. So I’m just gonna add just some wrinkles. Just give the character a little bit more weight and expression in motion to it and then the moment I had been putting off because I was very excited about it But I wasn’t entirely sure how I was going to go about it, adding in the face blushies and colors and everything Adding blush and little nose blush to characters is like – I don’t know, once I do that, I’m just like, okay. I love them. It’s done. [Laughs] So just because I was using ink that was no exception. I started very simple just by adding a little bit of tone on the eyes and the lips and the cool thing about inks, these inks at least, I think some don’t do this, but When they dry, you can’t lift them again, which means you can add another layer on top and whenever I use watercolor, one of my biggest problems is that the watercolor will lift when I don’t want it to and I almost never want it to lift so. So maybe I should stop trying with watercolor and spend more time with inks. I think these commentaries and like talking through my process, really helps me make decisions about life. So anyway, after I let the face dry a little bit more, I went in and started adding in blush. I started very, very light. Being very soft with the strokes and letting it blend outwards so that there wasn’t like a harsh circle for the cheeks. I like it to be very soft and squish-able. [Laughs] And I just slowly layered that up until it was about as dark as I wanted. It looked all right, the first one but nah, we can do better. Then I took that same color and added more shading to the rest of the body. I think it just gives it a more 3D effect. Not something I usually go for but it was really really fun in the circumstances and then my final step, [Laughs] The same final step I use for just about any illustration, in any medium. Is to take a white gel pen, this one is the Sakura Decorese, it’s actually my personal fave, currently. This thing was dried out at one point, but now it’s like good as new again. It just took a little TLC [Huh] But I just add little highlights here and there, making different elements pop that I want to. My personal favorite thing that I made pop. [Laughs] If that is it. But I added in strokes and like hair strands all around the hair and it gave it – Pardon the Harry Potter references, but it gave it a bit of a Bellatrix Lestrange vibe. Which I also love. I’m quite happy with that decision. [Laughs] You see how now after we’re adding in the white, it kind of just fixes some of the mistakes with the contrast that I had before like
around the boots and the glasses and things like that and then I couldn’t help myself, I added some contrasting stitching to the dress. [Laughs] You know, just making some more things pop because when everything’s gray-scale, I feel
like every little element shows through a little bit more. So it’s really fun to play with that. Anyway, here’s my first drawing of inktober 2019. I don’t
really have plans to draw every single day for 2019. I’ll try. So if you
want to see how much I’m gonna keep up with that, go check my Instagram. I’ll have it linked in the description. That’s where I’ll be posting, if I can. I had this huge grand scheme for what I wanted Inktober to be this year and I like started planning it over a month ago, but Life got in the way and I do not have time to tackle what I wanted to. After creating this illustration, I just want to do more! So I’m gonna
have to try and find time to do a couple a week, would be my goal, maybe one a day. We’ll see, maybe if I do them small, I could do one a day. We’ll find out. [Laughs] Anyway,
let me know if you’d like to see more inktober videos. (I’m probably gonna do more Inktober videos) Thank you guys for watching. I’ll see you guys all next week. And I hope you have a delicious Inktober full of waffles. BYE! ♪

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100 thoughts on “INKTOBERRRRR TIME! | Inktober Day 01 | India Ink and Dip Pens | 2019

  1. The way you totally changed the feel of the character by changing the angle and lines on the 'head' circle was really interesting! I wish I'd known about your channel when I tearing my hair out over life drawing classes at University! 😁

    I think the 'smudge boo-boo' looks a bit like an acorn with a shadow under it, a happy accident. 😊

  2. Hello I’m new to your channel I love your drawings your an amazing artist you inspire me to draw and I can’t wait to watch more of your videos

  3. I love the way you talked, though I got really really tired because I'm sick. I told myself not to sleep, but I did…

  4. If you feel that your watercolor lifts up when you don't want it to, try another one! Usually professional watercolors tend to not do that because you're supposed to layer them. If you want an affordable option, try White Nights – I'm using these and I love them!

  5. Before Rin said anything about the character looking like Luna from Harry Potter, I thought it looked like a modern version of her xD

  6. Ooooooo! I CAN'T WAIT FOR NOVEMBER NOW! Thats so far away but atleast Rin will keep me entertained me till November

  7. Reee! I forgot about inktober on the second day! I’m going to try to finish the rest of it, which means I need to draw a lot today. Oh well. I’ll do the entire thing next year. 🙂

  8. This might honestly be one of my favorite drawings that you've done since I started watching your channel! The composition just looks really clean and I love how much detail you were able to get even though it's just in greyscale! I can't wait to see the rest of what you create this month; keep up the good work!!

  9. hang on a second what does this drawing have to do with the prompt word ring i dont see a connection can someone please explain

  10. Whenever I miss a day (or more than one) I just combine the prompts together for extra challenge. I'm going to be doing Freeze + Build + Husky together because I've been having some bad & busy days (IE a funeral.) But I wanna keep on with the prompt list because it's already helped me go outside my comfort zone and I wanna continue that trend.

  11. Oktober… For me it's yay fall…oeh inktober….oh no preptober. Hopefully this year I'm able to let them make friends 😂

  12. This comment section is
    5℅ people talking about Rin drawing

    5℅ people talking about inktober
    And
    90℅ people talking about Harry Potter

  13. This is one of my favourite drawing you aever made. I like that you can combine only one colour and to make it look like that. I also can see miself in the whole drawing, and don't be afraid of the mistakes. I think that your "mistake" looks really cute :>

  14. Rin: Very confident

    Me : Very indecisive

    Also I had found this quote on a different video, but I’d like to share it with all of you..
    Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.

  15. It gave me the vibe that it's bellatrix if she wasn't just PURE EVIL.
    Can we have a moment imagining bellatrix being a cute good girlie???

  16. She’s super cute! You did a really good job experimenting with the inks! You should definitely do more inktober videos❤️ but remember to work at your own pace❤️

  17. Who else got chloé vibes from miraculous

    If u didn't see this 11:45

    If u did make this ⬇ like button blue💙

  18. Oh my goodness she turned out so adorable! I would love to see you try some more inks… they have tons of colored inks out there.

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