My Normal got- for Art Supplies
Blick is my normal spot to get art supplies when shopping online. They have good speed when shipping, and their prices are pretty decent. Amazon has taken over the art supply sales business in many ways, and they do an okay job of it - but with Blick I KNOW what to expect. The last time I had a delivery from Amazon, some dude in a car showed up and looked at me with this strange and confused expression. I wasn't sure what his issue was, and getting a package hand delivered was okay I guess. But, the fact it was some random guy, in his regular car, put me off.
I learned later that this was Amazon's way to increase deliveries while reducing overhead.
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!