Illustration: Jessica Paterik

Our Best of #Inktober

We have more talented artists per square inch at Blue Chip than we have cans of LaCroix (and we consume LC by the metric tonne. Lot of dry mouths around here. Both before & after the LC.).

With so many talented artists at our agency, we thought we’d show off seven of our Creative’s #Inktober (31 Days, 31 Drawings) work and learn a bit about what inspired them.

Brittany Thill, Junior Graphic Designer

My inspiration was more or less things I had been thinking about through the day, sort of like visual journal entries. It was a fun way to get my to draw ‘off the cuff’ within the permanent media of ink, which also forced me to be direct and confident in my lines.
See more of Brittany’s work here.

Danielle Cybulski-Hebert, Sr. Resource Manager

I have been in love with fonts for a long time, and hand lettering is something that I’ve wanted to try. Finding joy has been a recent theme in my life, so I tried hand-lettering it in different ways.

Darick Maasen, Designer/Illustrator

I really just tried to stick to a daily inspiration, or in some cases — a frustration. I actually kind of fell off the wagon doing them daily because of another deadlined painting project that came my way, BUT I incorporated ink into that painting process, which was completely a byproduct of having just recently gotten used to it as a medium again.
See more of Darick’s work here and at the Malficium Dark Art Show, November 19th here.

Greg Grucel, Studio Director

I wanted to work with brush and ink, but I was a little intimidated by it—a pen is so much more predictable. It took a while to gain some amount of control over the brush and flow of ink. Working with unpredictability or a mistake is what any creative process is about. I gave myself the limitation of every progressive drawing having an additional eye. It’s kinda creepy, Halloween-y so the theme felt right for the season. I’m hoping to make it to ten drawings to get to a total of 55 eyes.
See more of Greg’s work here.

Jessica Paterik, Art Director

Thought #Inktober could be a good way to get in the habit of drawing more. I also wanted to have fun and not worry about the outcome — sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in “Capital A” Art vs just having fun in the creative process. My markers from college ran out of ink, so I bought some new ones and had to re-learn how to use them.
See more of Jessica’s work here.

Neil Paracuelles, Associate Studio Director

I initially started submitting to #Inktober as a way to get my kids interested in drawing, and to help me be more disciplined about picking up a pen and sketching regularly again. A lot of my inspiration is taken from the nostalgia of cartoons, comics, old monster movies and TV shows. What did I learn? I learned that I am even lazier than I thought, but that if I actually put some effort into something, I can create nice things.
See more of Neil’s work here.

Rena Prizant, Sr. Copywriter

I’ve never participated in anything like this before, and I’ve never shared my sketches publicly. Searching the daily inspiration word online helped me to expand how I initially thought of the word itself. #Inktober has really broadened my capabilities and forced me to explore new styles and techniques of drawing.
See more of Rena’s work here.