I Completed Inktober 2021

I promised myself that I wouldn’t get too caught up in Inktober this year, I could manage my obsession with completing tasks and just have fun with it. That of course didn’t last long and before October even began I had drawn out all of the prompts ready to colour. I chose one of my characters Susie Bunny from the Fernmoor Friends who I am working on at the moment to be the star of Inktober.

As I am prone to do, in my haste I made a huge mistake … I inked my illustrations with a non-waterproof pen! I wanted an orange outline and stupidly forgot to check if it was waterproof before I began. SO I could not use watercolours to colour my illustrations as I had planned to do and had to experiment because my brain would not let me give in and just give up once I had got that far. You can see the offending orange ink in my little cover image.

I found that Ecoline Liquid Watercolour Inks did the least amount of damage to my line work. I haven’t used them very much and they are a lot harder to control than regular watercolours because they are so bright. I toned them down with a little pencil crayon on top of the dried image. The brightness of the inks really washed out my original outlines though and they looked messy so I ended up doing bold outlines in black which I wasn’t totally happy with to begin with but actually love now that I see all of the images as a collection. This years Inktober was a massive lesson in perseverance and hopefully in testing my pens before I use them too!

The cutest prompt list I could find!

Since Inktober is in the spooky season and I had chosen to follow Katnipps prompts which were halloween themed, I gathered a few bits and pieces from around my home to do some fun flat lay photographs of my sketchbook. Including my lovely little desktop skeleton Flesh Boi who makes an appearance in some of the photos. I really hope that you like them, here are all 31 images! Sadly not in order because that is far too technically advanced for me.

I am really proud of how the images came out, I have a few favourites (who wouldn’t love a bunny dressed as a pickle?) and some that I think I could of done better but on the whole I am really proud of sticking with it, remembering to post everyday and trying new mediums too. Despite the frustrations I really did have fun with it.

I am now in full swing with Gnomvember and hoping that you like my little Gnome Noah as much as you did Susie Bunny showing up in your instagram feed each morning.

Thank you so much for reading, if you completed Inktober this year too then let me know, I would love to see your completed gallery or flip through.

Samantha x

GNOMEVEMBER 2021 is Coming Soon!

I know a lot of artists are knee deep in Inktober right about now, I have been enjoying sharing illustrations of my own Susies Bunny on Instagram too but deep down I am really just waiting in anticipation for Gnomevember. Every day throughout the month of November each year, the gnomes come out to play and 2021 is no different.

Gnome is ready!

No matter wether you decide to use paint, pencils, clay or paper mâché everyone can join in with Gnomevember, you don’t need to be very good, you aren’t being judged and there are no winners or losers. Gnomevember is purely for fun and there is absolutely zero pressure! Here are this years prompts that I have devised to help give you some ideas and get your creative juices flowing. If you don’t like them then their are potentially more prompt lists available on instagram by different artists.

2021 prompt list.

This is my third year of participating in Gnomevember, the first year I painted in watercolours and mixed the prompts with huevember too. the second year I decided to create all of my gnomes digitally so that I could practice digital art.

Gnomevember 2019 – Samantha Webb
Gnomevember 2020 – Samantha Webb

In 2021 I want to take my Gnomevember designs in a different direction and have decided to create a character to go on adventures throughout the month of November. His name is Noah Sunshine and he is a very young gnome with a very adventurous streak in him. I have done a few practice sketches and decided to create my own little life size Noah Sunshine so that I can sketch him from all different angles more effectively although sadly the polymer clay is not posable once baked. Isn’t he adorable? I am so happy with him and cannot wait for his adventures to begin. Noah Sunshine will be painted in watercolours and may be available afterwards as a zine if people are interested.

Noah Sunshine by Samantha Webb.

If you would like to follow Noah’s adventures then keep an eye on my instagram throughout November and if you would like to join in that would be amazing, tag me in your insta posts so that I can see them!

Happy creating,

Samantha x

Gnomevember 2020

I love to take part in drawing challenges but as I draw pretty much everyday already, I find it helps to set myself an extra challenge. In March 2020 I invested in an iPad and an Apple Pencil and a programme called Procreate and my digital art changed forever! However I am a long way from being anywhere near able to achieve what I want to at the moment, so I challenged myself this November to not only draw a gnome each day but to do it digitally.

I have learned a lot from using my iPad every day, one of those things is that I simply do not get the same joy from digital art as I do from traditional art and therefore I don’t think that it will ever really be a replacement for me even if I manage to improve. Secondly, I learnt that ‘layers’ are a blessing from the heavens!

I managed to create 30 pieces of gnome based art work and I feel really proud of the work that I have produced, some are better than other and some are just quite honestly frighteningly bad BUT I was going for practice over perfection and I did just that!

I hope that you like them and maybe next Gnomevember you can join in too?