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5 Tips for Completing Inktober 2017!

Inktober Survival Tips and Daily Drawing Hacks

Hello again, El Moochadores! Yeah, a long hiatus since my last post, but I’ve been working very hard on the next Atomic Tails comic, and my Inktober drawings. Speaking of which…

This is my first time participating in Inktober, and it is a challenge. Since the beginning of the month I’ve found it very hard to get my drawings done. Not having enough time being a huge factor, also not knowing what to draw. So, I feel like a lot of the drawings I’ve been doing are kind of half-assed or just bad. I had some free time this morning, so I thought I would source some tips and hacks for getting my Inktober drawings done. So check out this very informative video from Windy Iris on the youtube. She provides 5 tips for getting through the month, which I do find helpful. At the end of this month I’m hoping to do a post of all my Inktober drawings and any progress.


Inktober 2017

Supplies + Goals + Tips

Hello again, El Moochadores! September is almost done, and we’re about to begin Inktober 2017! 31 days of artists inking like crazy. I’m really going to make an effort to participate this year, but I also have a tendency to fall off the wagon pretty quick. So, we’ll see. For those of you looking for some basic tips and advice on beginning your first Inktober, check out this great little video from Juicy Ink (aka: Tori Anne) on the youtube.

Now, she has a lot of really great advice in this video, but I had to watch it twice because her soft voice also kicked in a massive ASMR buzz on me, and I kind of started drifting off. However; I’m sure most of you won’t have this problem, but if you are looking for an Inktober/ASMR combo punch, this’d be it. So, enjoy the video and if you are doing Inktober this year, share illustrations with us! I’d love to do a post about it at the end of next month.


Get Better at Art by Minnie Small

Okay El Moochadores, while working on the next Atomic Tails I’ve been watching (more like listening) a bunch of drawing and inspiration videos. A few that stood out are from Minnie Small. She has some good advice on improving art skills, tools, and being creative, but mostly I’ve been digging the accent. Serious ASMR’n here, and I think I have a female English accent fetish. I’m not sure a person can fetishize an accent, but I’m willing to try.

Anyways, I’ve posted one of her videos below on improving your skills, but hit the link above to access more of her videos. Also, you can check out some of her art prints selling on Society 6. And(!) go check out her blog for a look at more art and info!


Cheap Supplies Every Artist Needs by H.C.Brown

Hello again El Moochadores! A few days back I posted a video by artist H.C. Brown about “How to Fill a Sketchbook.” Since then I’ve been watching more of her channel and I came across this great video on getting cheap supplies for artist at any level. I really like her suggestion for making a sketchbook. I have a ton of card stock paper at my place just collecting dust, and as luck has it, I also have a long-arm stapler! I’ve already put together a couple of pocket-sized sketchbooks to carry around with me while at work. Which is great, because I’m always losing my small sketchbooks! So, check out the video below (chuck full of useful information and cussing!) and make sure to hit the link above to see more informative videos.


Q & A with Piper Thibodeau!


Hello, El Moochadores! We got something special for you tonight! Some how (I suspect ’cause we’re awesome…) we landed a Q&A with the immensely talented Piper Thibodeau. Piper is a professional freelance illustrator who has been creating a unique “daily painting” since 2012!daily_1324__betta_testers_by_cryptid_creations-da960bw That’s a lot of illustration work on top of also creating for such groups as DreamWorks TV, Nickelodeon, Intel, CGMA, & Concept Cookie. We did our best to pick her brain clean of any useful information and I think it was a good haul! mmmmh… brain leavings. Anyways, check out the the Q&A below along with a few sample images of her work. Currently Piper is about to launch a new kickstarter for a new book of some of her best illustrations. We’ll keep you updated for when it launches!


How long have you been a professional illustrator?
I became a professional freelancer over the past two years or so. My first foray into the Industry was a character design contract for an Intel app called “Yap!”

Where do you find the inspiration for your daily paintings?
When trying to come up with a pun for my daily of the day, I try to draw inspiration from just about anywhere: conversations, taking the bus, my grocery list, etc. I just muddle as many words as I can in my head until I can find a combination.

Do you have a favorite character or critter to illustrate?daily_1318__charmander__charmeleon__charizard_by_cryptid_creations-da8efj1
As much as I like to design animals, I have a lot more fun with illustrating monster/creature designs. There’s no restraints with the latter, which makes it a lot of fun and more challenging to create.

As a professional freelance illustrator, Is there any advice, or knowledge, you have now that you wished you had know at the beginning, and if so what is it?
A big lesson that I’ve learnt over the years was to get my art out onto as many social media platforms as possible –the more visibility, the better! If your Facebook doesn’t have as many followers as your Twitter, you just have to keep at it. It may seem like a hassle to upload to each site everyday, but there’s options like HootSuite that can help speed up the process.

What are some of the ways you promote your art work and how much time do you spend promoting?
Given that I post daily and onto several platforms, I haven’t had to resort to outright promoting my artwork. Most of my work is original content, but I’ll sprinkle a little fan art here –which does help extend an audience.

What software or equipment would you recommend for new, or beginning, artists?
A pencil and sketchbook will service you just fine if you’re starting off –I would really stress not to worry about getting expensive software straight from the get-go. If you’ve already got a good foundation to work with on paper, I’d suggest starting off with a Wacom pen tablet and trying out Photoshop CC.

Doing daily illustrations must be tough, how do you avoid distraction and procrastination?daily_1336__nurse_shark_by_cryptid_creations-daan1cl
Heh! I procrastinate on them quite a lot actually. Given that I’ve got to prioritize my freelance work, I usually will come up with my daily ideas around 8:00 PM and finish it in a frenzy before my midnight cut-off. What kills any inhibitions for me is my self-induced threat of having to restart my daily counter should I not make my midnight deadline (save for emergencies).

How has doing daily paintings helped your illustrations, and how long will you continue to do them?
My daily paintings have given me a lot of structure that I use for my general work –I can handle working under pressure and with tight turn-in’s quite well. I’m going to keep them up as long as I can go!

How much of your day is dedicated to study and practice?
Not as much as I should, unfortunately. I just finished off my CG Animation diploma, so my schedule has been all over the place. I’d ideally love to spend at-least an hour a day on that when I’ve reformed my day-to-day.

What other artist/illustrators do you follow or inspire you?daily_1343__tartles_by_cryptid_creations-dabihvv
Oh geez, there’s just too many to count! I’d really recommend following Will Terry‘s work, he’s a fantastic illustrator with a lot of experience and tips –which he shares on his YT vlog series. I’m also really influenced by artists such as Nicholas Kole, CreatureBox (Dave Guertin & Greg Baldwin), Tom Bancroft and Nico Marlet.

Do you booth at comics cons (and other events) and if so, what events will you be attending in the near future?
I haven’t really gotten into the convention scene –but with the possibility of my Kickstarter book coming to fruition, I’ll definitely start attending them! I can’t make any promises yet, but I’ll very likely be at the following Montreal Comic Con or Hal-Con in Halifax.

And More Star Wars Art!


Fantastic BB-8 Art from Sarah Wilkinson!

Okay El Moochadores, the plague has passed, and Chudd and I are both on the mend. Now that my fever has broke, and my body temperature is back to a normal 72 degrees (…wait, that can’t be right. Damn thermometer must be broke), I can start posting regular articles again. First up is a very cool piece of Star Wars’s BB-8 art by professional illustrator Sarah Wilkinson. That little ball of droid never looked better. Anyways, you can find this piece, and more like it, on Sarah’s Facebook or go and check out her vast (VAST) portfolio available at her website. Just for fun I posted a few other examples of her work below (all Star Wars, because… Star Wars), but she has way more! Hit the link above to check her out. I mean, check her work out. Maybe the thermometer is working. huh.


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