Inktober, Digitally Speaking

Continuing our conversations with award winning Young Artist of The Year (Lord Mayor of York Shine Awards) Esme Jacqueline Brereton Sharpe, we dig deep into the cultural call to arty arms that is the annual ‘Inktober’. 
Esme is a busy person but she found time out of her schedule to come and display her digital doodles for us, explaining all the while what each artwork means and how it fits into the increasingly global ripple that is Inktober.
“Inktober is important to me because it forces me to stretch my imagination on Digital Art Softwares. You have every medium and brush, so boiling it down to just black and white, with about 5 brushes to use, makes you realise how much you can do with so little
Also, Inktober gives you a list of prompts for each day of the month, which is very good as it puts you out of your comfort zone, and makes you discover new things.

“The first image is Acrylic Tiger: this was my first time using acrylics for a full painting. It was experimental and I enjoyed making it a lot. I got inspired to make this after seeing an image of the strawberry tiger, a rare species of tiger with light fur and reddish stripes. The colours I used in the painting aren’t perfect copies of the photo I saw, but I quite like it that way…

Falling Feline: this was a piece of digital art I made a few months ago, I was exploring what the software I used could do. It was very interesting looking back on this piece and seeing how much I have improved since then. All creativity should show some kind of learning curve and personally I like this one just for that, and more besides.
Build a Heart: one of the Inktober community prompts was ‘Build’. This was my spin on it: very simple but clear, which is in many ways the secret to strong art.
Circular Sky: I was inspired to make this digital painting via social media. I had been seeing a lot of videos on Instagram of people painting beautiful sunsets, and so I wanted to see if I could do the same. This was successful, although I think I could have done more, like make it more vibrant, or add some details like birds flying in the distance.
Line Rose: this was a piece of traditional art that I made with a quill and ink. it was very messy but strangely fun. I have to say, quills are very hard to use, they splatter all over the place. Despite this, or because of it, I somehow managed to come out with something worth showing. Later, I did end up adding colour, but I prefer this version. It’s more effective.
Autumn Wood: I made this using watercolours a few months back whilst listening to a philosopher talking about life with some calming chords in the background. This image immediately popped into my head of an autumn forest of birch trees. I’ve always loved birch trees when their leaves go orange, they’re hauntingly beautiful trees. I’ve always loved this piece, and it’s quite personal to me.
Frog in the Rain: another digital piece. I made this for a bit of fun one day late in the evening. He doesn’t really look like a frog, but that adds to the fun of it. My idea of a frog is a green lump with legs. Whenever I look at this painting it cheers me up. The frog is called froggo, for anyone wondering.
Mouse against the Clock: yet another Inktober prompt, this time of a mouse, petrified, running against the clock. This one was yet again quite simple, but I still love it nonetheless. I liked doing this in greyscale, it makes it more effective.

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