I did it! I got started really late on Inktober this year. I had barely gotten anything out the door by the time October was half way done. The final sprint was epic! I finished five drawings on the 29th, six on the 30th, and another six on Halloween itself! Here’s the finished album!
This year I committed to doing all my artwork in vector format instead of ink. I have a strong belief that the skills of illustration can be learned *much* faster in vector than in raster or by hand, especially for work who’s destiny is a screen. When I started this month, I had barely done any real vector work. To be honest, I’ve been shocked at how well my artwork has turned out on such a tight deadline. The hardest part, as always, is to call a given piece “done enough” to start on the next one. I’d say the average time I spent on a piece was about two hours, with more earlier in the process. I got faster closer to the end. I had to!
There was a lot more fun and less suffering than last year when I did my drawings by hand. I liked it enough that I’m looking to add professional illustrator to my resume. I’m already going to be doing artwork for my games and a planned web comic, and in the time it takes to make one game I could potentially do hundreds of illustrations. I know the business isn’t easy, so I’m going to research it thoroughly before I make any commitments.
Though I am still researching a boatload of different vector drawing programs including Inkscape, Illustrator, Infinite Design, Ivy Draw, Affinity Designer, and a few others, I did almost all my work for Inktober using Inkpad 2 on my elderly iPad Mini original running an obsolete iOS 9. I definitely prefer working on a tablet to a computer, and really like having something portable I can use from anywhere. I’d really like to try Affinity Designer on a new iPad, and I’m saving up for one now. The only Inktober contribution this year I did with a different tool was The Death of the Pun Husky, which I did with Inkscape mainly because I started there and the version of Inkpad I have doesn’t support importing .SVG files anymore.
Inktober really helped focus me to get my vector design to the next level! It’s the most seriously I’ve taken illustration work in my life, and I’m super happy with the results. Next year I think I’m going to do half my work in ink and half of it in vector that *looks* like ink, and challenge people to guess the difference! I also really like the idea that Jack Parker did of making all of the pieces flow together. Instead of doing one huge scene, I think I might simply have some kind of through-line where something in drawing one flows through to drawing two, etc, all the way to the end.