A Special One Week Experience

Participating in Inktober can feel a little intimidating, and comes with many unexpected challenges, so we built the Inktober bootcamp to give you a chance to improve your inking skills and create a plan so you can successfully finish the challenge this October.  

The Bootcamp uses daily videos and exercises to help you prepare for Inktober. The videos are from our project planning course and Jake Parker’s original Inking course. 

We cannot wait to see what you are going to make this year!

In this Bootcamp you will:

  • Build a plan for your Inktober project

  • Review inking tools to use for the challenge

  • Practice inking with multiple exercises

  • Learn about line width and line weight

  • Practice inking in several diffrent styles

  • Prepare for possible challenges, like burnout

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Illustrator/Cartoonist Jake Parker

For the last 19 years Jake has worked on everything from animated films to comics to picture books. For several years he worked for Reel FX and Blue Sky Studios on such projects as Horton Hears a Who, Rio, and Epic. He is the creator of the popular Inktober drawing challenge. Jake currently works as an illustrator and cartoonist on children's books and comics. He works out of his home studio in Arizona.

Illustrators Anna Daviscourt / Chelsea Trousdale

Anna Daviscourt is a children’s book author and illustrator, and a 2018-2019 Adobe Creative Resident. Her whimsical work ranges from loose and colorful sketches to finely detailed paintings. She also teaches independent studies at PNCA in Portland, OR and dreams of one day owning a pet corgi! Chelsea Trousdale is a Designer and Illustrator currently based Salt Lake City Utah. For the past 8 years she has worked professionally as a Senior Graphic Designer in the corporate world while at the same time honing her craft as a Character Designer and Illustrator.

Course curriculum

    1. Course Overview

    1. Day 01 Overview

    2. Inking Tools

    3. Inking Video Downloads

    4. Creating a Plan

    5. Planning Phase

    6. Three Core Concepts

    7. Project Examples

    8. Exercise 1: Visualize your plan

    1. Day 02 Overview

    2. Basic Techniques

    3. Line Weight

    4. Exercise 2: Pen and Line Control

    1. Day 03 Overview

    2. Line Width

    3. Exercise 3: Practice Line Weight

    1. Day 04 Overview

    2. Hatching and Gradients

    3. Feathering

    4. Exercise 4.1: Hatching and Feathering

    5. Inking Styles

    6. Exercise 4.2: Practicing Style

    1. Day 05 Overview

    2. Rendering Techniques

    3. Exercise 5.1: Practice Rendering

    4. Burnout

    5. Juggling Workloads and Meeting Deadlines

    6. Exercise 5.2: Review Your Plan

About this course

  • 31 lessons
  • 2.5 hours of video content
  • 5 Days of Content
  • 13 Videos
  • Daily Exercises

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