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I’m doing Inktober this month — I’ve been posting on my Instagram. Here’s what I’ve done so far. It’s been interesting, trying to draw — if not consistently, then at least just enough to finish something that I can show other people. I am approaching this not as an exercise in learning more about the medium or pushing myself to get better, though those are both worthy goals. I’m doing this mostly to try and just make art.
I spend around 15 to 45 minutes on these. That’s all I can do in one sitting these days. I’m hoping I can get back to my old stamina — I used to be able to paint for two hours a stretch — but it’s something, at least.
For the meantime, I’m just copy-pasting my Instagram comments into the descriptions for each image, but I intend to come back and do a bit more commentary when I can.
Encouraged by friends, I put together a little look back at some of my favorite/major pieces from last year.
These illustrations were done in 2015, but published only last year, as interior art for AN ALPHABET OF EMBERS, ed. Rose Lemberg. They’re ink on paper.
The title of this post is from the Tenth Duino Elegy by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Stephen Mitchell:
Let not even one of the clearly-struck hammers of my heart
fail to sound because of a slack, a doubtful,
or a broken string. Let my joyfully streaming face
make me more radiant; let my hidden weeping arise