Drakenhart Studios

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Inktober 2017: Day 3

Cute Character Practice | 2017/10/3

Super-large head styled Imperial dragon female from Flight Rising.


This is a style I started to experiment with years ago, and it is a bit creepy. That's the point. However, I need more practice with this. Again my texturing still needs work. However, this is much better then the Mirror dragon I did on Day 1. 

Colored version of the above inked illustration.

This is a piece based on someone else's dragon. She is a golden dragon. I tried to do a crystal effect in a traditional medium, but it was very difficult. >.> I'm going to see about using some white ink and putting planar highlights here and there later.

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Inktober 2017: Day 2

Environment as the main subject. | 2017/10/2

The broken Pillars of Sornieth


Having scanner issues still, so this is a poor photo of one of my better inking. The practice helped. :) I love the dragon added to give a sense of scale. The species, in particular, is a Skydancer from Flight Rising. They are a bit taller than a human.

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Inktober 2017: Day 1

Flight Rising Fan Art | 2017/10/1

I'm having some scanner driver issues. So here is a bad photo. ;)

Mirror dragon from Flight Rising on the hunt.

The sketch I did turned out better than the inking job because I was trying to do too much on such a small sketch. The dragon in question is a Mirror from Flight Rising with the wings half folded, as it runs. I can tell my inking skills are rusty. 

So what I did was take some basic circles, lines squares, and overlapped them. Then I took my ink pens (different sizes) and filled them in, thickened the lines, played with texturing and more. This helped loosen me up. The inking for this day is done, and I got work out as well as part of my effort.

Good first day!

Categories Art, Inktober

Inktober 2017 Introduction

An idea that became a theme! | 2017/10/1

Inktober Rules by Jake Parker at http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober/    Official suggestion List for Inktober 2017 by Jake Parker at http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober/


Inktober started with Jake Parker. Others adopted the idea and it has become a worldwide phenomenon. Just goes to show how a single amazing idea can spawn a huge following!

Jake Parker's work is amazing. If you click on either of the two graphics above (made by Jake Parker, and borrowed here for use in this review) they will take you to his Inktober page on his site. Please take time to look through his portfolio and you'll see what I mean when I say he is simply a very inspiring artist.

I came across Inktober a couple of years ago, via word of mouth of artist-associates of mine on Twitter. I've tried, unsuccessfully, several times to complete the full 31 days of inking. In fact, some folks have started a "Sketchtember" in preparation for Inktober.

Due to my currently hectic and very busy life (more about that in a different post), I only have a small window of opportunity with which to do work. So I must manage my time wisely on a daily basis. 

That said, I hope to manage this year a little better than last, and finish at least 15 out of the 31 days. Some of the items will be awful, as it has been a while since I last inked, but you have to get the "bad art" out somehow before your brain and hands remember how to do things. Just like getting back on a bicycle.

I also hope to do some experimenting with inks and markers this year as well, and really challenge my skills. No matter where we are in our art careers, we can always improve somewhere!

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