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Life outside the internet got busy again. Which means I’m behind in my Inktober 2018 sketches. Many people are up to day 14. I’m only up to day 7. Eh, what can you do.

Continuing from the theme between the Inktober 2018 prompts, and with my own cat Squeaky Squeakums, Inktober sketch number seven picks up where Inktober number six left off.

In other words, Squeaky ate the whole chicken.

The cat in a gluttonous state, overate. She’s now in a food coma, completely exhausted.

The little demon hiding in the woods snickers.

Here’s Inktober 2018 prompt # 7: exhausted.

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Inktober 2018 prompt 7: exhausted. Sketch by Michele Witchipoo Oct. 2018. Pen and ink. 

Stay tuned. There will be more forthcoming Inktober 2018 sketches, and the weekly Psycho Bunny post.

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Still trying to catch up on the Inktober 2018 sketches. Revisiting a subject I’ve drawn before – Squeaky Squeakums.

Squeaky is a female tuxedo cat I adopted in 2009. She came from a household that basically had too many cats. The other cats would gang up on her. Poor Squeaky had to hide. In the meantime the other cats would steal her food, prevent her from using the litterbox, etc. By the time she was rescued, Squeaky was skin and bones. Both her fur and eyes were dull. Such a sad cat. She didn’t even have a proper name. As it turned out, Squeaky also needed major cat dental surgery – which her previous humans failed to inform us about. That wasn’t cool. After her dental operation though, Squeaky was a brand new cat. Now she’s quite vocal, friendly, and extremely loyal. She’s intelligent as well. Despite being a pen thief.

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One thing she never did get over though, was lack of food. Squeaky has something known as “food panic.” She’ll eye your dinner like prey as you vainly try to eat your meal in peace. Therefore Squeaky must eat!

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Squeaky Loves To Eat! Pencil sketch from 2011. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo

As I’m doing these Inktober sketches, it was time for prompt number six; drooling. So here’s an updated version. Titled ‘Squeaky’s Torment.’ It’s tormenting especially for her. For the time being, we had to ban Squeaky from human food scraps, as they’re not good for her overall health.

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Inktober Oct 2018 sketch. Prompt: Drooling. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo.

Stay tuned for more Inktober sketches.

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What has become an annual tradition among artists internationally is Inktober. Inktober is basically a monthly challenge, where the artist creates an ink sketch every day for the month of October. It doesn’t matter if it’s traditional ink, digital, or you create a sketch with a splash of watercolor. The point is to have the artist draw something everyday for that month. The website itself will explain more.

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Inktober started introducing it’s prompts in 2016, but it’s not necessary to follow. The prompts are basically suggestions. Technically you can draw whatever you want, just as long as it’s ink. Again, either traditional or digital.

So here’s my first Inktober sketch. At first I was going with the Inktober prompt idea of ‘poisonous.’ The end result went into something else. Well, I suppose the subject matter might be considered ‘poisonous.’

Without further ado, here’s Inktober sketch number uno. That’s it for now. I’m getting tired. I’ve noticed that when I post on this blog while semi-sleepy, there’s a few typos the next day. Inktober # 2 should follow very shortly. There’s probably going to be a gap after Inktober # 3, due to this weekend being NYCC.

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Inktober 2018 # 1 from Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2018. Prompt: Poisonous.

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Friday, June 15, 2018 was the 11 annual Inkwell Awards, taking place at Heroes Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. For those who don’t know much about comic book inking, here’s a good blog post to explain. This year, not only was it the 10th anniversary, but also the debut of the “Above & Beyond” Award. Above & Beyond was created to honor members, volunteers and others who exceptionally served in promoting the art form of comic book inking and ink artists. In addition there were the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award and the annual Stacey Aragon Special Recognition Award.

The Inkwell Awards was created by comic book artist and inker Bob Almond. Assisting him was two Ms. Inkwell spokes-models, Hailey Skaza-Gagne (formerly known as Holly Black) and Kathy Taylor. We finally had the chance to meet Bob Almond earlier this year at East Coast Comicon. He was accompanied with gorgeous Ms. Inkwell spokes-model, Skylar Lauren Godwin.

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The 2018 Inkwell Awards.

Here’s sending congratulations to all the winners.

Inkwell Nominees 2018: Newsarama 

Inkwell Winners 2018: Newsarama

 

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It’s official. The 2016 Inkwell Award winners have been announced. The Inkwell Awards was founded by Bob Almond to promote and honor inkers in the comic book industry. This year’s winners was announced this past June 17th at the Heroes Con in North Carolina.

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You can read the First Comics article about the 2016 Inkwell Awards here.

This year, I was also among the Silver trophy award winners for serving five years as a nomination committee member. It’s been an honor to have helped with the awards process.

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Silver trophies from The Inkwell Awards for five years of nomination committee member service. 2016. 

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There’s nothing wrong with modern technology. Yet even conveniences at our fingertips, sometimes the old fashioned methods are the best. Take for example with music and art. Particularly with comic book inking.

Inking is one of the key elements that makes the artwork pop out. It helps establish atmosphere through lighting and textures. It’s also important to note that not all inking styles are the same. For example, difference in inking styles range between a very polished finish and a rough, gritty mood. Therefore it is important to recognize the vital role inkers have in crafting the final, finished look of a comic book story.

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The Inkwell Awards is a non-profit organization that brings this kind of recognition to comic book inkers. You can click on this link for more  information: http://www.inkwellawards.com/

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Right before MoCCA Art Fest 2011, comicbook artist and inker Peter Palmiotti (he’s worked for Marvel, DC, and many other publishing companies; both major as well as small press) sent me a message on Facebook. Think it was Facebook, or an email, can’t remember which. Anyhow, he had an idea for a quickie collaboration. Peter kindly asked if I could do a pencil sketch, in which he would then ink in. I agreed.

If you’ve read some of my earlier blog posts a few weeks back, (https://witchesbrewpress.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/mocca-art-fest-2011/) I did the pencil sketch right after I had spent 24-28 putting together a Psycho Bunny mini-issue. Despite major sleep deprivation, I was on a drawing roll. To quote myself, I was a mean, not-so-lean sketching machine. A few hours later, Peter drops by my table. We’ve been internet buddies for quite some time now. It was on his birthday that we finally met, even if it was only for a few minutes.

Here’s the pencil sketch before inking. Photo taken with my iPhone:

Pencil sketch prior to inking. Done April 2011.

Here’s the sketch after inking:

The sketch after inking. April 2011

Looks amazing, doesn’t it? You can also check this out on DeviantArt here:
http://peterpalmiotti.deviantart.com/art/Witchipoo-Lady-206563350

Be sure to check out his other pieces too.

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