INKtober 2013. A drawing a day for the whole month of October

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I have just finished my INKtober project for this year. It is the brainchild of Jake Parker (http://www.mrjakeparker.com) and it came up as a way of improving your inking skills. INKtober consists in uploading one drawing a day to your social networks for the month of October where ink is the main feature of the image. Most of the people taking part on it seem to have some background in animation and, as far as I can see, have a very specific use of ink.
I decided to use the month to set some time aside to explore not only my inking but also framing, composition and colour.
The result is not only thirty one pictures but almost three sketchbooks fill with ideas and experiments which I am sure will spark a lot of other work in the coming months.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have doing it.

External Link: INKtober 2013. A drawing a day for the whole month of October

Alé Mercado

When I set off in search of my style, I ended up working in two main directions:

The first one has to do with the creative aspect of illustration. After trying to emulate different people based on the appeal they had to me or their success, I finally found a visual language that I can honestly say is my own way of seeing things.

The second direction has to do with the actual process of producing the image. Traditional relief printing gave me the key to make sense of what I was doing digitally. To the point that they’ve become almost interchangeable.

It was in an interview to Zina Saunders that I heard for the first time “Digicut” referred to her digital woodcut work. I immediately adopted the term to describe mine.

I am a member of Illustrators Ireland and The Association of Illustrators

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