Inktober 2017 Recap

Posted on Nov 1, 2017

Below are my 2017 Inktober sketches in one combined image. This year, my approach was to pick a theme (“Monsters at Work”) and use an ink brush. The 33 images represent:

It was Inktober Eve and Little Scott delightfully dreamed of Monsters at Work. He dreamt about:

01: “Barbershop Quartet Soloist”
02: “Public Restroom Smell Tester”
03: “Mailbox Counselor”
04: “Swamp-Pool Scrubber”
05: “Rain Taste Reviewer”
06: “Pin Sharpness Inspector”
07: “Worm Cookie Baker”
08: “Worm Cookie Eater”
09: “Leaf Pile Sculptor”
10: “Lion Walker”
11: “Bubblewrap Popping Listener”
12: “Kite Motion Analyst”
13: “Royal Meatball Delivery Specialist”
14: “Sr. Toothbrush Recovery Manager”
15: “Stick Holding Trainer”
16: “Chief Something Officer”
17: “Boredom Enhancement Agent”
18: “Wrapping Paper Musician”
19: “Substitute Cat Toy”
20: “Bubble Pattern Director”
21: “Sr. Meeting Attender”
22: “Paint Drying Observationalist”
23: “Gossip Engineer”
24: “Confetti Counter”
25: “Executive Thinker”
26: “Squawk Officer”
27: “Expert of Stuff”
28: “Dingleberry Farmer”
29: “EVP Self-Tickling”
30: “Hug Champion”
31: “Joy Maker”

Then Little Scott awoke from dreaming about Monsters at Work. Inktober was over, but Little Scott decided to work like a monster the rest of his life.


For those that don’t know what Inktober is:

Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.

I [Jake Parker] created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.

Inktober rules:

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it online

3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2017

4) Repeat

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.

Learn More:

Jake Parker :

Inktober :

Listen To Jake Parker speak about this in the Drawn & Drafted Live Podcast:


Wipro Office Wall Art

Posted on Nov 1, 2017

How exciting it was to see Wipro’s interest in creating a lighthearted aspect to their Dallas (Plano) office through the wall art I was commissioned to do. Pictured are: Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Blockchain, & Machine Learning.

Drawn & Drafted Live Podcast with Jake Parker

Posted on Oct 17, 2017

Tue, Oct 24, 2017 1:00 PM EST
ProjectCast with Jake Parker

Jake Parker :

Inktober :

profile-4888 (Also has been having live podcasts that have been wonderful. The podcasts are held on D&D’s profile is where upcoming podcasts can be registered for and previous ones can be replayed. I also posted about the first four here is led by Lauren Panepinto (Creative Director of Orbit Books and Yen Press: Twitter | Instagram | Orbit Books Profile) and Marc Scheff (Artist/Art Director : TwitterInstagram |

Drawn & Drafted Live Podcast with Stan Prokopenko

Posted on Oct 10, 2017

Tue, Oct 17, 2017 1:00 PM EST
ProjectCast with Stan Prokopenko

Stan Prokopenko:

profile-4888 (Also has been having live podcasts that have been wonderful. The podcasts are held on D&D’s profile is where upcoming podcasts can be registered for and previous ones can be replayed. I also posted about the first four here is led by Lauren Panepinto (Creative Director of Orbit Books and Yen Press: Twitter | Instagram | Orbit Books Profile) and Marc Scheff (Artist/Art Director : TwitterInstagram |

Zebra Fude Brush Pen

Posted on Sep 13, 2017

Recently, I picked up the Zebra Fude Brush Pen that I’ve had sitting around unopened while using other tools…

I have fallen in love.

I particularly enjoy the delicate lines & bristle bounce-back as well as the ink flow. It is not waterproof, but I’m not using any watercolors or gouache on top, so no issues for me.

I still like my Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen and am looking forward to trying others, but the Zebra Fude Brush Pen has become the one to beat… and from it being spoken highly of by Jake Parker ( and Skottie Young ( (see their Instagram reviews below), I’m guessing it will stay the one to beat!


Zebra Japan :

Zebra USA :

Zebra Fude Brush Pen, Double Sided — Bristles / Hard – Fine (FD-502)

“Write beautiful brush lettering with the Zebra Brush Pen. It’s wonderful for writing letters and cards for special occasions as well as for making crafts. It contains a water-based dye-based ink.

This FD-502 model conveniently has two tips in one pen. One tip is made of hairs, giving you the experience of using a real brush. The hair is made of synthetic fibers. The other tip is a hard tip, which is great for those who prefer a tip that’s easy to use—it gives the feel of using a regular felt tip pen but still lets you write beautiful characters.” — From

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Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen, Includes 2 Black Ink Refills (GFKP3BPA)

“The Pentel Pocket Brush Pen is ideal for creating fine to broad lines with a single brushstroke. Portable and refillable with permanent pigment ink, it’s perfect for painting, cartooning, detailing, and much more.” — From

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Zebra’s F-301 Ballpoint Pens

FYI: I also really like Zebra’s F-301 Ballpoint Pens!

Jake Parker

Jake Parker :

Skottie Young

Trying out the Zebra Brush pen. Love it. #ink #ihatefairyland #wip #fcbd #imagecomics #makingcomics #brushpen

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Skottie Young : Intro to Pocket Brush Pens also has a video talking about pocket brush pens that you might want to watch. The content from their Youtube description is below too:

Published on Feb 23, 2015
Pocket brush pens are the modern version of traditional brushes, combining a brush tip with a marker pen body where ink cartridges can be installed. In this video, we will highlight six main characteristics you should consider when choosing a pocket brush pen.

To learn more about pocket brush pens for calligraphy or art, head over to JetPens Blog to check out our articles.

Here are the brush pens featured in the video.

1. Tip Types
Natural Hair:
Synthetic Hair:
Felt Tip:

2. Firmness

3. Fineness

4. Flexibility

5. Ink Flow

6. Pigmentations
Black (Light)
Black (Dark)

7. Links
Newsletter :
Blog :
Instagram :
Twitter :
Pinterest :
Tumblr :

Who Wore It Better: Salvador Dali or Pennywise?

Posted on Sep 3, 2017

Every time I see Pennywise from 2017’s It, I think of Salvador Dali…

Illumination, The Art of Lee White

Posted on Aug 28, 2017

How exciting it was last week to receive the beautiful, Kickstarter-backed book, Illumination: The Art of Lee White, by Lee White of SVSLearn. It is a 128 page, hardcover book covering the past 6 years or so of Lee’s work, and it has all the stories and inspiration behind the images. With the book came a couple wonderful prints that look great framed and on our wall! Congrats and thank you, Lee! I look forward to spending time soaking it all in!

While the Kickstarter campaign has ended, you can get one of these great books as well as many prints from Lee White’s website:


Character Design Quarterly Magazine by 3DTotal Received!

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

YAY! Just received the first issue of Character Design Quarterly Magazine by 3DTotal — Looks great and comes with some nice extras!

Original Kickstarter Campaign Content:

Character Design Quarterly: “A new magazine bringing expert insights and leading techniques to illustrators, artists and character enthusiasts worldwide”!

Character Design Quarterly (CDQ) is an exciting new print magazine for illustrators, artists, animators and character art enthusiasts. Releasing four times a year, the magazine will offer inspirational and educational articles, tutorials and interviews from top industry professionals specifically geared to helping artists hone their character design skills. This unique, engaging magazine will provide a regular stream of insider knowledge and illuminating advice from experienced professionals and freelancers to help artists of all skill levels improve their workflow and designs.

The first issue is already in production so we can proudly announce that it will feature instructive tutorials by Max Grecke, Shaun Bryant, Simone Grünewald, and Brett Bean. We also have interviews with the creative people behind the multi-award-winning animation studio Blue Zoo, and up-and-coming character designer Amanda Jolly who talks about her exciting career working for companies including Warner Animation Group and Disney TVA. Get top tips from the likes of Loish, Randy Bishop and many more besides, plus learn about the creation of the first issue’s amazing cover image by CreatureBox!

The Original Kickstarter Campaign Link:


Character Design Quarterly Issue 01 Features:

Randy Bishop

Brett Bean

Loish (Lois Van Baarle)


Max Grecke

Shaun Bryant

Simone Grünewald

And more…

Astropad Luna Display

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

Luna Display is a new hardware device that adds second screen capability to Astropad (Turn your iPad into a professional graphics tablet for Mac). Learn more at (Astropad’s quickly funded Kickstarter for Luna Display)

Bryan Engram of Brazen Entertainment on Tempest

Posted on Aug 19, 2017

Greatly enjoyed listening to Bryan Engram discuss his company Brazen Animation ( and their full-length animated feature film, Tempest, this morning. If you haven’t seen the teaser trailer or their other work, go do so — great stuff!