Unless you live under a rock, you've probably heard of Inktober. It is probably the most popular monthly drawing challenge out there! Started by Jake Parker in 2009, it has exploded on the internet with both pro and beginner artists participating. The rules are simple: Create an ink drawing each day of October and post it online with the hashtags #inktober and #inktober2017. Even if you don't think you can do an inked drawing every day, you can do a "half-marathon" by posting every other day, or even the "5k" route and post once week. Jake Parker insists that it doesn't matter which level you decide to do, as long as you are consistent. He states, "INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you're consistent the better." Like any of these challenges, the end goal is to get motivated to draw! It doesn't matter how good or bad you are, use these sorts of challenges to get excited about practicing and maybe learn some new techniques!
I'm planning on doing the full 31 day marathon this year, which I'll post in weekly bunches on here, but you can also follow my Twitter for daily updates!
Who is going to try to do the full 31 days with me this year? Share your favorite inktober pieces in the comments or tag me with them on Twitter! I want to see what you create!
I'm excited to offer artistic liberty, Halloween-themed commissions this year! Limited slots!
You can choose between gory, sweet/cute, and were-monsterify, OR tell me your favorite part about Halloween and I'll create your art based around that! Then simply provide me your character and the rest is a surprise!
Badges $5 off!
Line Art, Flat Color, and Shaded commissions $10 off!
Both traditional and digital available! Completed by Halloween!
Email me at dragonmelde(at)gmail.com to get one!
*The Fine Print:* Digital Icons, Telegram Stickers, Ref Sheets, and Traditional Paintings are all full price. Additional fees still apply. These are first-paid, first-served. Please do not send payment until I approve your commission! Traditional media physical pieces may not reach you before Halloween, though the art will be finished.
Fangcon Pre-order Specials
Fangcon Preorders are OPEN! Limited spots!
I'll be in the Dealer's Den this year, so even if you can't get a pre-order you can still stop by and see me there!
Email me at dragonmelde[at]gmail.com if you are interested!
You can find more examples in my gallery. Comment or email if you have any questions!
Choice of digital or traditional badges in any style
$5 off 2
$13 off 3
Digital: $65 value
$55 preorder price!
1 Digital Shaded Bust Badge
1 Digital Shaded Color Pinup
Traditional: $80 value
$70 preorder price!
1 Traditional Bust badge
1 Traditional Pin up
Payment can be done either via Paypal or Bitcoin in advance, or at the convention in cash or credit (wifi permitting).
*If you order a commission and do not pay or pick up:
I retain the right to charge extra fees for mailing after the convention. I also retain the right to edit and resell any unpaid commissions where possible after adequate notice has been given to the commissioner. I will not resell anything which has been paid for, or if unpaid, can be easily identified as your unique character.
Digital BADGES will be printed/laminated for con delivery. ALL OTHER DIGITAL WORK WILL BE SENT VIA EMAIL ONLY (aka no physical copy delivered at the con)
Complex Character fees still apply.
Don't forget to sign up for a Halloween Card!
Sign-ups are only open until October 6! Don't miss out!
Follow this link for more info!
It probably comes as no surprise that I work on the computer a lot. Whether I am drawing a commission or answering emails, the vast majority of my day is spent staring at the computer screen. I began to notice that my eyes would be incredibly tired after a few hours, even with taking breaks every hour. I even changed the background color of a piece while inking so I didn't have the stark contrast of the black lines on a white screen! I was still getting eye fatigue. (as an aside, some people suggested using an app to change the color of the screen, such as Flux. I will admit I did not try this to try to fix the fatigue issue, though I have used it in the past and certainly do recommend it for internet surfing at night.) Now if you've heard of "blue light-blocking" or "computer" glasses, you may have heard of the brand Gunnar. Their name is what introduced me to these kinds of glasses in the first place. When I decided I wanted to get a pair of these so-called computer glasses, of course I immediately thought of their glasses, but after reading reviews and trying on a friend's pair, I ultimately decided I would go with another brand. While I can vouch that Gunnar makes quality glasses, as my friend has worn his pair every day like regular glasses and hasn't had an issue in the entire time I have known him, they had one major issue (they call it a feature) that caused me to decide to look elsewhere.
What were important factors in my decision?
There was some criteria I decided were important to me and helped me cut out many of the competitors. I'll also include a brief explanation in each criteria why the Gunnar glasses didn't make the cut initially.
What were my initial thoughts?
Based on my four criteria:
How do I like them after a month?
I've been using them nearly every day, with a break while I was moving, so I think I can safely say my review is accurate.
There was one thing I didn't notice immediately, but I did also get used to so it's not an issue anymore. For awhile, I was noticing a blue "smudge" right in the middle of my glasses. I kept wiping them with the included cloth, but it wasn't going away. It was probably a week of just dealing with it before I realized that I was seeing a reflection. …..the reflection of light sparkling off my bridge piercing… Once I realized what it was, my brain started to tune it out and I don't really notice it anymore.
They also seem to get smudgy fast, but they came with a cleaning cloth, so I just wipe them off every couple of days. I am wary of using any sort of cleaning solution on them as some reviews suggest that it will harm the yellow tint.
I'm happy I bought them. I would recommend them to anyone who decided that magnification isn't for them or is on more of a budget. I can't vouch for the other frames, but I certainly like my cateyes! Obviously do a bunch of reading before buying any product and decide what is right for you, but I hope this gives you some insight into these glasses.
Here is where I bought mine:
And just in case, I was not paid or given any compensation for writing this (nor will I receive anything if you choose to purchase anything linked)! These are all of my own thoughts.
Want me to do a review of another art-related product? Let me know in the comments and if I pick it, I'll give you a shout out in the review!