This week for Inktober, I’m drawing larger portraits of the main characters of Rondo of the Rising Sun. So I’ll be sharing each girl’s character profile with you as I finish their portraits. :3 First up, we have the Rondo’s guild leader, Ruby!
As September casually rolls around, there is a breath of crispness in the air. Even in the hot, humid area where I live, the nights have a touch of coolness. Autumn is definitely coming, and with it, several events that inspire both excitement and nervousness. Chugging along with my everyday work as I am, there is also a sense that this is the final calm before the craziness that will be Autumn 2017.
I am speaking, of course, of the no less than the three-plus events I have looked forward to all year: Sketchtember (this very month!), Inktober (which will also be my Plotober), and NaNoWriMo in November. Three events – plus prep for the third, which in itself may be its own event – and three months of intense creative effort. Am I crazy to try to tackle all this? Maybe so. Especially since I’m also juggling making the buffer for Upcoming Webcomic. We will just have to see. . . .
Sketchtember is by far the most low-key event. Every day for a month, artists sketch something every day and share their sketches with the hashtag #sketchtember. For me, September is a month to return to the foundations of drawing and reinforce the habit of daily warmup sketches. Though September is half over, and I’ve only just begun – oops! May the rest of the month fare better. (If you are interested in following along, head on over to my Twitter. . . . )
Last year, I wanted to try coloring with markers after seeing so many amazing marker paintings on the Web and so many amazing speedpaints on Youtube. As a beginner, though, I didn’t want to heavily invest in a huge set of markers or purchase the most expensive professional materials (looking at you, Copics!) – or not yet, at least. So I chose to try the water-based Tombow Dual-Brush Pens after hearing that they are a good brand and (luckily) were on sale at the time. Better yet, they were reported to be durable, self-cleaning, and even blend well. Sounds good, right?
Long story short, yes, they’re great! I like them a lot, though I’m also using other brands these days. Tombow markers do have a few downsides, mainly due to the nature of water-based markers; but the water-based vs alcohol-based debate is a post for another day. Let’s get started!