The sketchy and inconsistent blog of Bethie Engstrom...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Inktober Day One - Four!

Inktober is upon us again! So crazy to me how fast this year is flying by.

I've known since July that I want to participate in Inktober, but I didn't want to do what I did last year, which was just do a ink drawing of whatever random thing I happened to think of last minute and stress over not being able to use color (which I have a love-hate relationship). So I began to think about what I could focus on (this was before Jake Parker released the Inktober 2016 prompts btw, I probably would have done them too), and as I was watching/listening, while doing the cat's litter box, to the Artist/Illustrator/Youtuber Fran Meneses who was discussing how for inktober she takes a not well known fairy tale and illustrates her interpretation of it in her unique style. I loved that idea! But, I decided, instead of fairy tales, I would go through my beloved bookshelf, and find the top 31 favorite fiction books, from my childhood up until know and do a 4x6 inspired illustration of them as my personal challenge.

Day One, Miss Jaster's Garden 
Written and Illustrated by N. M. Bodecker in 1972

Excuse the banana, there is a toddler in the house ;)

The Maggie B. 
Written and Illustrated by Irene Haas in 1975

The Seven Silly Eaters 
Written by Mary Ann Hoberman and Illustrated by Marla Frazee in 1997

The Junie B. Jones Series 
Written by Barbara Parks and Illustrated by Denise Brunkus in 1992-2013

Until the next inking session!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Failed and art dump update

Ga my gosh.

I'll never get good at this blogging thing again. 2009 was my year of constant blogging it would seem (but no links to that, as I was verrry young *shudders*)

But enough of that, onto sketchy crap painting art dump!

If you are interested in my (nearly) daily uploading of this kind of thing to the social meds, check out my public Instagram or Tumblr, I find it a little more chill and less daunting over on those. ;)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Personal Style

I don't have one yet, not completely that is. I have, what I like to call, my whimsical figures, my life drawings, and just fun doodle sketches. I strive for the realism, but am constantly attracted to the more exaggerated forms and likeness.
So here's to still figuring things out,  and here are a couple of recent sketches that physically show my love of every form of style. :)

Week three of Inktober

This last week of Inktober.

::day fifteen::

::day sixteen ::

::day seventeen ::

::day eighteen::

::day nineteen ::

::day twenty ::

:: Day Twenty-one::

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Inkling Weekly update

Another week of Inktober has flown by! Here are my daily inklings from the past week that I've posted to my Instagram and Tumblr Blog

 ::Day Eight::

::Day Nine:: 

 ::Day Ten::

::Day Eleven:: 

 ::Day Twelve::

 ::Day Thirteen::

::Day Fourteen::