So today is October 1st, which means it is time for my annual attempt at Inktober. I’m going to be using these Dr. Ph Martin’s India inks, which – every time I look at that logo I feel like it says Dr. Phil and I don’t know why it’s just – pshhh My brain. I bought the 12-pack on Amazon and it comes with a range of colors including black and white. So I’m very excited to try these out. I’ve never used them before in my life, so I’m very interested in seeing my progress throughout October as I start using them for the first time and then see what changes when I have 30 days of experience under my belt. The other purchase I made was this speed ball pen set. It comes with six nibs and two handles of dip pens and these are recommended to me because I’ve heard that like every artist kinda has their favorite nibs that they use and this was a set of six different nibs so I could have, you know, try them out and see which ones I preferred or, if I liked a couple of them I could use multiple ones and it wasn’t too expensive – I think it was like 8 dollars for the whole thing- – and I thought that seemed pretty good. *Small chuckle* I don’t know, I’m not a dip pen aficionado. What’s interesting is the two pen handles are – have like a different size connector that connects to the nibs, so half of these nibs only can connect to the larger handle and half of the nibs can only connect to the smaller handle which was a little.. weird because I kind of like the larger handle better. It just seems more ergonomic. But the nibs that I found that I liked the best were the ones that fit on the smaller handle. So I tested them out a bit and I- *huff* didn’t know this I’ve never used, like, a nib before – like one of these pen nibs before – but they like The way that they’re connected, so that like line that goes down the center is so that you can create like a wider line when you draw with it – I was – my mind was blown. This was so cool. I had no idea- like the way it like separates so it creates a longer line or like a wider line I was just like – well that’s just amazing. The other thing is like some of the nibs have a sort of.. tube shape to them? And those ones hold a lot more ink so you don’t have to dip as often which is why I found myself preferring those nibs, which are the ones that fit onto the smaller handle and yeah that’s what I learned so far. Once I had familiarized myself to an extent to these new supplies, I mean like I’m going to get better throughout the, you know, the 30 days so I’m not gonna like get perfect on Day One, but I vaguely know what I’m doing with what I have. It was time to start drawing something. I’ve decided to use the official Inktober prompt list and if you don’t know what Inktober is it’s a, it’s this challenge that, you know, goes through the entire month of October. It was created by Jake Parker. And I believe – if I read directly from the website – “It is an art challenge that is focused on improving skills and developing positive drawing habits.” So for every day in the month of October you just draw something and they give you like a prompt list that you can use or you can come up with your own drawings.There really aren’t a lot of rules, it’s just about, you know, “creating those positive drawing habits”. So the official prompt for Day One was the word “poisonous”. So I’ve decided to draw something that encaptures that to me. I guess I was thinking, like, sort of like, “Stay away from that girl. She’s poison. Euuuhhh euughh” Like maybe she’s not so good for you. She’s not the girl you want to like bring home to your mama, that kind of thing. So that was my idea for this prompt word. Before I’d even started using the inks for this particular illustration, I made sure I sketched out something and, like, had a pretty good idea of where the ink was gonna go because *HAGHH* I’m very new to using these inks and while I’m – I’m pretty comfortable drawing in pen, which is also an ink – It’s definitely a whole ‘nother beast and that’s something I’ve learned while just practicing with these dip pens is that there’s certain angles that it’s kind of hard to move in to get like the line and like depending on how you move your wrist – well, arm, you’re supposed to move your whole arm – depending on how you move your whole arm or The direction you’re moving your arm in comparison with the pen you’re gonna get different lines and like a different level of scratchiness So it’s just very different than using a ballpoint pen.. so I definitely needed my sketch lines to like, work from. Then once I was happy with where the illustration or the sketch was going, It was time to go in with the ink and I’m using the black ink first. I’ve kinda got this idea.. like, when I purchased this set of all these different colors I had this idea that for every day of Inktober, I’ll use, you know, the black ink for most of the line art, because that’s just my idea of Inktober, it’s just a lot of the color black. I like – I just like the way it looks in contrast with the white paper… but I want to, also, each day of Inktober use one, like, accent color of ink. So I’ve got ten colors to choose from and today I’m going to be using one of those as well, and I thought it would just be very very cool the way it would look maybe? With just that accent color, you know? Not too overwhelming where it’s like a lot of color and it distracts from the line work But just like that one little pop of color. I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes. Right? It’s only the first day. So I kind of want to apologize for not Erasing a lot of the pencil sketch before going on with the lines because it’s kind of hard to see Where I’m putting the lines, especially visually like even when I’m drawing it it was kind of difficult like I regretted it instantly but Inks are wet and you can’t like go in and erase that while these are wet And I was too lazy to wait for it to dry. So just I just kept going but one thing I do want to say as well is that These pens – as much as I like, swatch them and practice with them and just drew random little lines It was like nothing compared to actually trying to put it into work, like trying to use it the way I would usually use a ballpoint pen because it’s just, it’s not ballpoint pen. You gotta use it differently! So trying to do certain curves and like, different Like, pointy edges or different lines like, it was all like learning an entire new medium. It’s almost like whoa! It almost like it’s a whole entirely new medium! That’s because it is, okay? *Heh heh* So it was very much Learning to twist the paper when I needed to twist the paper Because I’m not used to doing that I like to just leave the paper sitting there and just draw on it, but I think with these dip pens, that’s something that’s a little bit more Necessary? And I even – while I was doing this I was like “no I’m not going to turn the paper I refuse. I don’t care if this pen is telling me I need to” – because if you try to go like Against the grain of the pen like, you try to like, if you try to do like a Z shape I guess, like maybe this isn’t for everyone but for me like you you do that first line with Z and then when you go to like Switch angles. So you’re doing like the next crosshatch of the letter Z? it will like The the pen and the paper are like fighting each other It’s like *AHH! NO!* That’s what it feels like *hehe* so you really need to like twist the paper so that you can hold the pen at the exact same angle for every stroke. And I guess that was just something like I just refused to accept until maybe the end of this drawing So I was like fighting it the entire way Most of my struggles are just coming from being a noob but I do want to just like do a huge shout out to dip pens because these are the best eyebrows I’ve ever drawn in my life and I think it just has to do with like The flexibility of a dip pen. So. Right on, girl! Next I moved on to the accent color and Instead of just doing the entire line art black and then adding like the accent color as a wash. I Decided to use the accent color as ink as well for the hair because I was gonna color the hair in with this green color So I thought, why don’t I do the liner of the hair in this green color as well and then add the wash over top? And hopefully that’ll turn out right. And something I want to get better at especially for this Inktober It’s kind of like my main goal – is to improve like my line weight variation So I want there to be like parts of the line art that are darker than others and parts of the line art that have like more more Volume to them. I don’t- I really don’t know how to describe it. I see it. Like I can see it in someone’s work and I’m like, “yes, I want to do that,” but I don’t really know how you explain it like here I’m doing a little bit of crosshatching with the hair to try and add like some Tone difference between this part of the hair and like the hair that’s more in the light But like, I also, I want to be able to do like smaller versions of that so like in tiny little corners of things. I want there to be like More volume, if that makes any sense, I hope it does. Well, hopefully by the end of Inktober, maybe I’ll have improved a bit so I’ll be able to show you, like, this piece and then a piece that I do like, 30 days from now and Maybe I’ll be able to explain it better because I’ll just be able to point it I’ll be like that’s what I used to do. This is what I wanted to do. And this is what I do now. So wahoo! And since I wasn’t entirely sure how to go about adding more line variation what I decided to do is to grab a paintbrush and just fill in a bunch of areas with the solid black color and I tried to like create a texture to it, you know, like trying to make it look like paint splatter. Uhh…*heh heh* I don’t know. I do like the way that it has- it’s kind of doing what I said I wanted with the line variation but like kind of in a cheat way like I want to be able to do this where it’s more Incorporated into the illustration instead of just sort of being a background element So that’s something I’m going to be practicing throughout October So try to be able to like do what this does for the art, but you know More incorporated. And then once the ink was all dry I went in and erased the pencil sketch, finally. *Eh heh heh* And then it was time to add in that Pop of color that I was so excited about. So using a paint brush I grabbed some of the green ink and started applying it to her hair I was very happy with like the even coaty-ness If that’s a word – *Hugh huh* of the ink when I was placing it on the hair And so I even decided to add like a little bit of a hair shine for the top of her bangs And I think it turned out pretty cute And then I filled in where the crosshatching was with the ink as well, and I just really like that texture I think it turned out pretty good. But then this is where I kind of like go a little off the rails I was like so happy with the way that the hair looked but I decided “oh, I need to add green in more places” So I decided to add green to her skirt as well, which I kind of regret. In the end, I make this look good, but At first it was just I think the ink was drying on me too fast, so it was getting kind of patchy But I go over it with another coat later which really really helped But I kind of wish I hadn’t done any of it at all Not just because it got patchy but because I really liked the way because I’d done the light like I had prepared for the hair to be green like it was like a point in my head like It was part of the illustration so I I had like the line art was all green and then I went in with the green that’s like The wash of green and it just looked really really good like it looked the way I had it in my head and then I went overboard with the skirt, but You win some, you lose some. Um, I think in future Inktober Illustrations, I’m gonna try and keep the pops of color to a minimum. I think that’ll just help them be more, you know prominent and more of a focus Whereas because now there’s two spots with green. It’s kind of like ooh, which green spot do I look at? Which is not what I wanted And so now to try and like even out to post to focal points in the center I’m using a mid-tone of like gray color to color in the jacket And I’m doing this by adding a little bit of water to the ink What’s cool about these Indian inks is you can add water to them and you know lighten the wash a little bit But they also they still dry 100% waterproof. So it’s very very cool. You can like go over this with your watercolors if you wanted afterwards I also tried to use this same gray tone as shading like um, like the skull and crossbones in the background It was so-so and I kept trying to like make that second like that behind Section of her jacket like the part. That’s the inside of the jacket. That’s the word. So the inside the jacket I keep trying to make that darker and darker to try to contrast with like that top section of the jacket like the collar because I wanted it to look right because it’s very simple like the Shapes I used were very simple because it’s kind of like trying to maintain my jelly bean style so it needed more shading to kind of Convey the message that I’m trying to say that this is the inside of the jacket And so what happened was I guess this is actually a mistake or well, I guess as Mr. Ross would say, a happy accident. I finally had one of those! I went in with the dip pen to try and add some more line weight to the inside of the jacket but That mid gray tone was still really wet. So it just Exploded and it just looks so cool. I love it like if I could like Now that I know that happened look like I want to try and like tame it and use it for my own Benefit, you know, I want to be able to do something like that. It’s just really cool It just like that explosion of that dark black color as it like spreads out into the gray. Oh, I just love it Like it’s not exactly how it would be if I had complete control over it, but you know, I just I really like it I think it was very cool And I definitely learned something and then once everything had dried it was time to attempt to fix the skirt and I actually just dropped a couple drops of the ink straight onto it and then smudged it around with the pen because I needed A thick even coat to try and cover this up and I think for the most part it worked I do like it better now. Maybe it’s too dark But I mean, that’s just the price I have to pay. And with that I think I was done like here is the finished day one of inktober my very first time ever using India ink Yeah, I had a lot of fun and I’m excited about This month, I know I’ll get bored somewhere in the middle, but hopefully I’ll stick through it. That’s another reason I didn’t use all the colors at once. I’ll gradually use each color So it’s time to take a picture of this and post it to Instagram if you want to follow me on this Inktober journey and see all of the Ink drawings that I’ll be making throughout the month, you can follow me over on Instagram where I’ll be posting once a day, hopefully. I’m gonna try my best. Um, yeah. Thank you guys for watching. I’ll see you in the next video! Have a delicious evening full of waffles! Bai!