Getting Inked for Inktober 2016

Looks like I’m doing it again! And I’ve dragged a couple of pals with me.

It’s INKTOBER!

Well…perhaps I’ll pick up on my #PoseADay project I was hoping to keep up. But this month – I hope to improve my inking skills AND use up some of my compulsive pen purchases.

So far so good.

Prompt #2: Noisy  And he's definitely NOISY!

Prompt #2: Noisy
And he’s definitely NOISY!

 

Prompt #7: Lost BB-8 holds the key to a lost hermit

Prompt #7: Lost
BB-8 holds the key to a lost hermit

Prompt #9: Broken If only she let that squirrel alone...

Prompt #9: Broken
If only she let that squirrel alone…

Some folks don’t need prompts for this challenge, but I could def use some inspiration! I’ve been following along the official Inktober Prompt List and it’s definitely helped keep my drawing arm moving. Definitely fun to play with the words of the prompts too.

By Jake Parker,  Inktober.com

By Jake Parker, Inktober.com

I’ve dragged a couple of pals and fellow artists from our Drawing Meats crew to take up the challenge. It’s going well so far and I definitely enjoy seeing everyone’s drawings.

Have you been getting into the Inktober spirit?

Follow along my Inktober adventures on my Instagram and Twitter! Keep on drawing :).

 

Strike a Pose

Did I mention that I was at Fanime? And that I needed to up my game afterward?

One of my first steps at that was improving my ever-childish drawing style. But they can definitely use some better poses. So, with the one thing I bought from the Fanime dealer’s room (and, really I could have bought this at a Kinokuniya shop…but I was hesitant at the time) – a drawing reference book with all sorts of poses, I got to work…

Girl or boy, they're all doing these poses.

Girl or boy, they’re all doing these poses.

…just recently.

Going back to my #DoodleADay project I did a few years back, I began a 100 day project: #PoseADay where I sketch out a pose from that book, or, basically any pose if I happen to run through the entire thing.

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The drawings aren’t finished pieces – rather, they’re messy doodles from my sketch book.

C'mon, you knew Kylo was going to be in this.

C’mon, you knew Kylo was going to be in this.

At the moment, I’m at 10 (or 11, if I finish one before I publish this!). I’m not doing too bad!

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Having a little counter actually keeps me a bit more motivated – much like the 365 Doodle A Day.

And that’s the roundup for the first few of my current project!

Keep up with my pose drawings on my Twitter! I won’t bite :)

Fanime’d

Hey folks! I can finally come up for air here!

If you’ve seen me around Twitter and Instagram – I obviously haven’t been inactive. Along with my Daily Doodles, I was scrambling to get stuff together for…wait for it…my first con!

Of COURSE you need a Gold Bikini Kylo sticker!

Of COURSE you need a Gold Bikini Kylo sticker!

We're gonna need a bigger display to show off our awesomeness.

We’re gonna need a bigger display to show off our awesomeness.

And what better opportunity to dip my feet in the crazy waters of Artist Alley-dom than at Fanime a few weeks back!

Our booth babes

Our booth babes

"That commissioned Sailor Mars. It belongs to ME."

“That commissioned Sailor Mars. It belongs to ME.”

In all – I had a blast. I definitely had so much fun engaging with folks who stopped by  to talk about things we love to geek over as well as the stuff I was selling. My friend and fellow artist who I shared the table with, not only is she amazingly talented, but she was a ton of fun to hang out with. It was particularly cool to watch her work on commissions – her work is awesome! Though it was her second Fanime, it was a learning experience for both of us. We DEFINITELY want to do this again next year.

Some may call this junk, me, I call them treasures.

Some may call this junk, me, I call them treasures.

Just passing the time.

Just passing the time.

I’ve also learned a lot from the fellow artists from neighboring tables – tips on what’s best to sell, best ways to make items, and how to make your table look super cool. We’re going to up our game, for sure!

Who knows – I may find myself at another Artist Alley table sooner than next year. Now…to start churning out some buttons…

If you’re interested in what I’ve sold at Fanime- I’ve put together a few cute packages of sketch card prints and stickers on my Etsy. Come by and check them out!

Pushing Plushies

Remember those little plushies I’ve been taking everywhere with me like an overgrown kid?

The eyeliner's in there. And now, you'll buy it for me.

The eyeliner’s in there. And now, you’ll buy it for me.

Does that look like a muffin to you, MATT?!

Does that look like a muffin to you, MATT?!

Welp, now I’m sharing the love- on my own Etsy page!

It’s something I’ve always wanted to do – to make cute, geeky crafts and, if others enjoy them – they can take them home too! They’re hand-stitched and made to order – so each one is special.

The pocket-sized plushes currently available are unmasked Kylo Ren and his alter-ego Matt The Radar Technician. Head on over and take a look – and…if you like any of them, bring them home – AND – take them with you on your everyday adventures!

They’re portable, adorable, and photogenic – if there’s one thing these pocket-sized guys love is to have their pics taken.

Come on by my shop and check up often – I plan to add other types of plushies, sketch cards, and other wonderfully nerdy things!

I talk a lot about these things on my Twitter. Come chat with me!

Starkiller Fashion Pt2

Pretty sure after you’ve watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the first time you’ve asked yourself: what would Kylo Ren look like in a school uniform?

Lucky for you – I’ve FINALLY finished this set of cavity-inducing Chibi Emo Kylo Ren paper dolls with all the fashions you’ve ALWAYS tried to imagine him wearing!  Particularly the Kiki’s Delivery Service outfit.

Print, cut, and start dressing up the brattiest emo prince in a galaxy far, far, away! Click to get the full image, of course :)

Play now, my lord/lady.

Play now, my lord/lady.

One of these things is not like the other. Hint: It's the First Order uniform.

One of these things is not like the other. Hint: It’s the First Order uniform.

He'll be SHREDDED in any of these.

He’ll be SHREDDED in any of these.

Huge thanks to my pal and fellow artist @Albinigrimby who drew the most adorable goth lolita dress! Go check out his work!

If you’ve played around with these – I’d love to see them. Come share them with me on my Twitter or tag me on Instagram!

Peer Plushie Pressure

Last week I was peer-pressured like I haven’t been since elementary school.

But instead of being pressured into ding-dong-ditching some dude I was pressured into plush-ifying a dude.

A dude named “Matt” who may or may not be a one Kylo Ren.

I’m 90% sure this plush is SHREDDED.

So I was and there he is in all his 6 inch plush glory.

But about a day before I was just thinking about making a Matt pocket plush after watching the SNL skit. Thanks to a pal of mine tweeting a pic of my previous plushies, it got a few more eyes than I could handle. Like, probably 3 pairs of eyes. That’s 2 more pairs than I usually get on anything :P.

It wasn’t super easy – but it the rush definitely wasn’t unpleasant. Having a bit of the pressure of my friend and sharing my progress was really fun! Those glasses though… making those was probably the least fun.

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Cutting out Matt’s glasses straight up SUCKS.

Let’s just say, in the end, it was the fastest I’ve ever made one of these things – from design, to cutting, to putting it all together!

Though, before Matt came his sorta other true-self:

“WE’RE NOT DONE YET.”

And, because I’m still slightly upset that the Disney Stores DO NOT carry Princess Kylo dolls, I made my own.

SIGH. Princesses…

BUT, before I even began making a pocket plushified Ren, I was first driven to make a plushified evil ginger.

SIGH. Jerk face gingers…

This plushie’s origins wasn’t as glamorous as his successors – he went through two body changes before I finally got some better black felt for his uniform.

What a beautiful couple.

Definitely a lot of plushie action these past few weeks. Other than doodles, I gotta release that obsessive energy somehow! I’m glad I could share it with fellow fans.

Want to follow along the adventures of my pocket plush? Come chat with me on Twitter!

Talk to you soon :D.

Starkiller Fashion

Ok, raise your hand if you HAVEN’T seen the new Star Wars movie yet.

Whether you’re already repulsed by the other  contents of this blog or not, you might want to turn away from some SUPER MAJOR FASHION SPOILERS.

Like a bunch of other folk, I’ve watched The Force Awakens a good number of times. And when you watch something a good number of times, and you draw…you tend to draw a bunch of things from said thing you’ve watched a number of times.

And guess the thing I’ve been drawing a bunch of times for the past few weeks.

Teenage tumblr user + Hot topic + Star Wars = Kylo Ren

Teenage tumblr user + Hot topic + Star Wars = Kylo Ren

This madness has even gone beyond drawing.

I want to be free of this pain of a pin stabbed through my nubby felt limb.

I want to be free of this pain of a pin stabbed through my nubby felt limb.

But I have grander plans for Disney’s new Prince(ss). Surely this spoiled, emotional, wannabe Sith has an extensive wardrobe beyond that mask, black frock, and infinity scarf, right?

Oh, Kylo Hime!

Oh, Kylo Hime!

After redrawing one of my Ren doodles in Manga Studio, I entertained the idea of paper dolls. And then I started it. It’s still a work in progress as I’m sure this guy’s wardrobe takes up a large warehouse on a star destroyer.

Don’t look if you want to avoid spoilers – next few pics reveal the full wardrobe of Kylo Ren which definitely spoil the ENTIRE plot of the new trilogy.

Dark knights don't do tighty whities.

Dark knights don’t do tighty whities.

Of  course you gotta start with the base doll and default outfit. I’ll have to work in the mask, of course.

Knights of Ren don't do buttons - especially with sleepwear

Knights of Ren don’t do buttons – especially with sleepwear

This is what I’d imagine Emo Kylo Ren would wear to sleep, cuddling a Vader doll and heirloom cape.

"Omg I can't believe we're wearing the same thing. How embarrassing" - General Hux

“Omg I can’t believe we’re wearing the same thing. How embarrassing” – General Hux

I bet spills and accidents happen – and the closet is on another planet. And the only thing handy is an extra First Order uniform.

In time for the obligatory anime episode.

In time for the obligatory anime episode.

A Japanese school uniform felt obligatory. And necessary.

If we’re gonna follow Skywalker-Organa family tradition…

"Ben...these are your first steps..."

“Ben…these are your first steps…”

Surely, this joke has been done over and over again since the movie premiered, right?

I hope to get this done in time for Valentine’s Day – keep an eye out for this space. Even better – come chat with me on Twitter or follow along on Instagram where I update on the progress!