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category: Inktober, Personal, Portraits

Inktober 2018 / Ain’t No Half Coloring 3

This was the third year that I decided to participate in the annual art challenge, called INKTOBER. The challenge tasks artists, of any/all mediums, to draw something new every day during the month of October. The creator, Jake Parker, always releases word prompt lists that people can follow to get daily inspiration, but it isn't a requirement to follow them; you can follow other people's word prompt lists, create your own, or just freestyle it as you go.

I kept it hip hop, again, however, this time, I decided to focus all of my portraits on women. As a woman in hip hop myself, I wanted to do my best to showcase a wide range of women/womxn who are actively making music, who are talented as hell, and who all deserve recognition. To not be to stressed and to keep it simple, I once again did it in a line art style with single color fills.

Much like the first year, I decided to make it a THING to put all my INKTOBER drawings into a coloring book. I stripped all the colors, turned them into B&W line art, and put them in my third, self-released coloring book, titled Ain't No Half Coloring (Vol. 3). Yes, that's a play on Big Daddy Kane's "Ain't No Half Steppin'"! The coloring books tend to be limited in quantity, hand signed, and released in my shop.

NOTE: Every year, I have always written a paragraph about each musician whose portraits that I drew, introducing people to them and writing about their music (it's the fan and journalist in me). However, this was the first book where I decided to put that blurb of information about each artist on the adjacent pages!