Inktober Art Practice

Inktober Art Practice - student project

To be honest, I suck at staying up with "challenges". For example, I already started Dylan's illustrated journaling prompts, but only managed to get to Day 3 before I slacked off. BUT NOT THIS TIME. To be fair, I work my own business and as a "part time" designer for our coffee company -- and by part time, I mean full time. OH I also have a 3.5 year old daughter, Harlow, who loves me SO much that she won't leave my side ;-)

I know the value of these challenges - accountability, daily practice, stress reducing activity, and uncovering/discovering your own "style". They're beneficial in so many ways. Sooooo here goes! 

Day 1: Currently Listening

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Currently listening to the ever insightful Michelle Obama podcast (or anything Harlow requests). Which is usually 80's/90's music with heavy synthesizer components. She's currently into "Always the Sun" by the Stranglers. She knows the words. I think the song is strange. That's why I didn't draw it. But you should definitely listen to it! I love Michelle's soothing voice, her insightful words, and her wisdom. Man, I miss her. Michelle sort of resembles Oprah in my illustration, although, there could be worse things. She's also missing her hand... and frankly I just didn't feel like drawing a hand. Haha! I really want to work on my brush lettering skills. I don't mind the way the cursive looks. It's something to work on. 

Day 2: Recently I Learned

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As if 2020 wasn't already A YEAR... bird songs get called "sexy". Beyond having an eye catching headline, the subject material is just cool. Nature is resilient, fascinating, and oh so comforting. With us humans hunkering down during quarantine (also spelled wrong in my journal...NBD) birds don't have to scream over everyone to be heard. They've adapted back to their original pitch in such a short time. I think that's so cool! Birds are awesome. I now somehow feel like we need a noise mandate to help all the animals prosper. If you would like to read or listen to the Sparrow's "sexy" song, here is the article from Science magazine:


Day 3: Creating With

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These past few weeks have been more computer work for designing + branding our coffee company, Summit Coffee, than it has been with sit-down-real-life painting & drawing. I do illustrations and pattern work for Summit, so it's not that I'm complaining whatsoever. I love it! But my business + few goals for it have been pushed wayside. As everything in life - there are ebbs and flows. Just ride the wave! One day soon I'll get my paints back out! 

I create with my computer most days using a hybrid of photoshop and illustrator. I use Ai a lot for our print goods (menus, signage, etc). Photoshop is a badass when it comes to pattern making and setting up stationery. I illustrate mostly with my trusty Pentel Hybrid Technica pen in a variety of pen weights. I tend to go for 03, 04, 05. I love the detail they give and how they feel on the page. My ink brush pen is another fave along with Tombow dual brush pen markers. Creating makes me happy!


Day 4: Current Reading Material

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(I love this because I think Sir Paul looks hilarious). Have you all read any of these? They are all so captivating in so many ways. Paul .... because, duh, Beatles. I'll Be Gone in the Dark is a spine-chilling true crime novel of the Golden State Killer. I couldn't stop thinking about it after I put it down. A must read if you're into be spooked while reading. One Day was a Christmas gift from Andrew to represent the impact a single day can make on someone's life. Here's an excerpt: "That Sunday between Christmas and New Year's turned out to be filled with comedy, tragedy, implausible irony, cosmic comeuppances, kindness, cruelty, heroism, cowardice, genius, idiocy, prejudice, selflessness, coincidence, and startling moments of human connection, along with evocative foreshadowing of momentous events yet to come. Lives were lost. Lives were saved. Lives were altered in overwhelming ways. Many of these events never made it into the news; they were private dramas in the lives of private people. They were utterly compelling." I couldn't put it down. A must read. Station Eleven was eerily relevant as it takes place in post apocalyptic pandemic. Need I say more? This is 2020. And, obviously, How to be an Anti-Racist. Another must read of 2020.  


Day 5: Ingredients to My Mess

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 Everything in my house will now be plastered, sanded, and painted. IT IS SO MUCH FUN. I have transformed 2 glass vases into vintage looking pottery, a lamp into an expensive McGee & Co. lookalike, and a few random clay vases from goodwill. What's next? Anything is possible! 

Day 6: Daily Routine

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 Some days look like this.... most days don't ;-) 

Day 7: Currently Craving

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Day 8: I Keep Wearing

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 I wanted to showcase the rings because they are so special to me. I miss my Dad every day and feel so lucky to have the very 1st ring he gifted my mom <3 

Day 9: Self Care Necessities

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What can't a good long walk & nature not fix? People ALWAYS comment on my fanny pack. It's the minivan of walking accessories. It's genius. It's reliable. It's efficient. It allows you to be hands free (because toddler). Why would you NOT walk with one? Who wants to walk holding their phone all the time? #fannypackforlife

Day 10: Grocery Run

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We made "spooky" Halloween chex mix . . . right before bedtime . . . and it was AMAZING!

Day 11: Favorite Corner

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I really do smile whenever I take the time to really see this little corner in our house. It's filled with my favorite things - gone and present. I am VERY thankful for fellow artist, Lucia Garcia, for creating the most fun/beautiful/quirky piece of my little three-legged buddy, Oscar. Miss him so much and she captured him perfectly. You can check out her work here. He looks like a lion here - the illustration makes me laugh. WHY did I make his hair on top so dark? haha I love it. The vase I found at the Habitat for Humanity store and repurposed it following the plaster/paint/dirt method. The dresser I scored from an antique store years ago for $60!! We love it. It holds our daughters towels and guest bathroom items. 

Day 12: Toiletry Bag Favorites

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Seriously in love with Best Skin Ever's Seabuckthorn Oil Cleanser & Moisturizer! It's what I use to wash and moisturize my skin twice a day. My skin feels supple and smooth. I also use SPF every single day. PCA's I've been using forever and ever (fun fact: I used to be an esthetician and used PCA for many years). ILIA is just the bomb. So gentle, clean, and quality products. Love them so much! 

Brooke Basinger
Illustrator and Surface Designer