Man, I am super hyped about this October and is really keeping me inspired and creative. I've kept up with each official prompt of the year, which is far more than what I've done the past two "Inktobers". I've also been doing a lot more sketches and doodles in my sketchbook lately, which gets my creative juices flowing. If you are an artist and want don't know what "inktober" is, go to www.inktober.com to see what it's all about and the rules and prompts. Some prompts are very obscure, but it's fun to think how to twist that into making it funny, scary, dramatic, sad or anything in between. I posted my first 4 previously, but now it's October 9th so here I am all caught up. The words I was to interpret are "Blade", "rodent", "fancy", "teeth" and "throw". Tomorrow's word is "Hope". How I'm going to interpret that with a visual, I have no idea. That is the challenge of it. all. The rest of my drawings can also be seen on my instagram: @itkirk . Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay creative out there!








Updated: Oct 10

So every year there's a movement of inspiration to get artists to think outside the box of how they interpret words and make a visual representation of them. They're a lot of fun, and there is a lot of room for interpretation. This just doesn't just lead me to create finished pieces, which is definitely not the case, but just to have fun creating art and to primarily work with ink. These started off with a pencil, but inked over it.







Updated: Oct 10

Over the weekend I attended the first online version of Lightbox Expo, a weekend of professional artists inspiring other to grow as their own creative selves and embrace their passion and the reason they started their path as an artist in the first place. In the global social climate right now, 2020 is by far the hardest for everyone in my experience of my short life. It has been a year of doubt, regression, unbalance and shortsightedness. I have undergone brain surgery to cure my epilepsy and was deathly afraid of the results of it. Even thinking I would never wake up while under the scalpel. Immediately after my surgery I suffered from double vision, increasing my fear of ever making it in the entertainment industry and a disablement I would never recover from. A few months later I am feeling great and my sight has recovered, not completely but I have been assured it will get better. Looking back at how it was really bad, I can say for sure my recovery has been great! I have had no auras or petit mal seizures, grand mal seizures, or any symptoms that would tell me that I am still suffering from epilepsy. That has put a new positive light on my future of freedom, including the possibility of getting my drivers license back. This has been a huge step in my physical recovery. I am still under the oppression of impostor syndrome, a terrible downward spiral that I only am responsible for. That was a topic I heard a lot of people talk about over the weekend, and something that one of my very good friends who has been in the entertainment industry for over ten years recognizes and accepts, but he doesn't let it get him down. He has been very motivating to me and I have to accept that he believes in me, and can only come to that conclusion after several zoom meetings with him discussing creative ideas. I can only maintain my ability with working my creatives muscles every day, so I am putting a sketchbook page and a very quick color exercise out there there and be proud that I actually dedicated some time to doing it this morning instead of doing nothing, which only deteriorates my security. I have to look ahead, build a goal myself and have fun doing it.




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