SCBWI Canada East Blog

November 3, 2017

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Now that Inktober is officially over, I wanted to check in with my fellow SCBWI illustrators. Here is what they had to say:

June Steube




This was my first time participating in Inktober. I had a blast! My submissions were few and sporadic but it was so inspiring checking out the work of other illustrators. I haven’t worked with pen and ink for around 25 years. Back then I used a quill pen but after running out of ink with my trusty Delta Hotels ball point in early October, I bought a snappy new ink pen and some bristol :0)

I discovered that I still need to work on loosening up which I find especially difficult in this unforgiving medium. The stark contrast forced me to focus more about shape and negative space. 

The four crows are actually a grouping of 4 Inktober submissions. Looking forward to Inktober 2018! 

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Marla Lesage


Initially I participated daily, except for a day off for Thanksgiving. But the past week I probably only did a couple of illustrations. I have a couple of other projects on the go so this past week I think I only did maybe 3 illustrations. Unless you count my urban sketching which also involves ink! There are several illustrations that I didn't get a chance to share online. 
I definitely acheived my goal of becoming more comfortable with my brush pens. I'll probably do Inktober again next year - I'm already thinking that exploring ink washes would be fun.

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Lauren Soloy




Here is one of my final Inktober images. The prompt was "Owl." 
I managed to post one drawing every day for the month of October, which was pretty exciting.  I did them all on weekdays, and took the weekends off, so whenever  I ended up with a little extra time, I would work on the weekend pieces.  Also, I typically was a day or two ahead of schedule, so I didn't have to stress about it.  I had so much fun exploring my characters and their world, and just playing with the ink line and colour.  I've even been doing some portfolio pieces in the same style, which I hadn't expected. I am so glad that I participated in Inktober this year, and I plan on doing it again next year! 
Thanks for looking!

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My inktober 2017 was a little different this year. I decided to use Inktober to develop one of my characters. Each day I would illustrate Crunch. I couldn't wait to get started each day.  I now have an idea of who he is, what his personality is like and can draw his story. 

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Julie Prescesky


I worked daily, increasingly late at night. Once, finishing less than 10 minutes to midnight. 
I learned that committing to a routine can be a valuable tool in helping to shape a story.  
It went places I hadn't planned.

I will very likely participate next year. 

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Alice Carter




I inked daily. I found it to be a good exercise in discipline, making time
everyday for creating something purely for the joy of it.

I experimented with some different techniques that I will continue to use
as I work on some new portfolio pieces. I also discovered some new
characters and kernels of new stories that I am excited to expand on.

I will definitely participate next year! I truly love sharing my
imagination and this was a fun and challenging way to do so.

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