This is the first year I decided to do Inktober. It is a drawing challenge that asks artists to draw (in ink) a new prompt every day through the month of October. With the COVID-19 pandemic and an urge to keep up my skills, Using Ink wash, ballpoint, traditional ink and quill, microns, colored inks, and digital, the challenge was a great way to practice my skills. I decided to give it a whirl. Here are some of my favorites from the month.
I have had the most wonderful time working on this epic project. These five are some of my favorites from the set. Working in theatre for the last 20+ years I never thought I would be designing sets for online plays! If the pandemic has taught me one crucial thing, it is that reinvention is the key to survival. Normally, I would have had several scenic design/build gigs from my normal list of clients. The performing arts taking a hiatus since March, I was panicked about how that would pan out for my income. Fortunately, I found teaching online for RISD and EdTA not easy, but fun. Creating content (of which I have a whole new batch coming your way) for this style of teaching allowed me to become an artist even more and explore my craft. I launched into found object sculpture with a fervor, my illustrations found new life and I even challenged myself to do Inktober 2020. It was doing this that landed me the Alice gig. I was recommended by a friend to a school looking for custom zoom backgrounds`in the style of John Tenniel. The pieces I had been putting forth for Inktober tipped the scales in my favor for the commission.
Now, I really want to continue this sort of project, custom streaming theatre backgrounds. I hope to be able to get commissions for custom work by the theatre and educational theatre community. Here's to reinvention!
Jason Robert LeClair
I've been drawing and creating fantastical worlds for over 30 years. This is my area to put any visual or written musings. You've been warned...