Reviewing the Inktober Book

Earlier this week, I spoke on why the internet can sometimes be an amazing resource to utilize for good. Ignoring all the examples of when it can be used terribly because I’m in a glass half full mood today, we’ll continue that trend with talking about a pretty cool graphic novel that I bought.

I follow a LOT of graphic artists, illustrators, and other creatives on Instagram. Each day, my timeline is flooded with daily doodles, draft art pieces, and other projects being worked on. Although I don’t draw, I typically love looking at the work of others that do because of the level of inspiration it gives me for an idea mulling around in my head that just needs a ‘jumpstart.’ Not as if I’m taking someone else’s work and imprinting their style to correspond with a story (although I would LOVE to one day have enough clout to contact some of my favorite artists to produce a comic book or graphic novel based off my script). It’s more so pulling something from what they’ve created and molding it into something completely different and unique for my use.

One of those artists is Dani Diez (mrdanidiez on Instagram) and his Inktober book.

It’s always hard to try to quantify an art style due to it being so subjective. But there’s just something so whimsical, yet darkly mysterious about his art. His choices in colors that he uses evoke a warmth and grounded feel. Almost as if you could reach out and directly touch the figures captured on-screen.

Last year (2016) was my first time hearing about the Inktober challenge. It is a creative hurdle in which artists were to create a drawing a day utilizing ink (a pencil under-drawing was allowed). In some ways being similar to NaNoWriMo, a person grows to become used to working within the confines of a deadline

The book was smaller than I originally expected. Much smaller. But there’s a bit of uniqueness to the presentation in the fact that it can easily fit on the bookshelf and isn’t instead this giant tome. The slip case is a nice touch as well. It almost has you forgetting that the book will stretch out accordion style until you take it out and the bottom cover hit my counter table.

Although the pictures are simply a collection of the daily pieces he created, they are arranged very much in a way to have you believe that you are following one continuous narrative as your eye moves from one panel to the next. Even without color, the renderings are detailed and I had no trouble making out the fantastical creatures and odd vistas that served as the strange world for where these characters existed. It’s a quick read but that’s far from a negative comment due to how many times I find myself going back to it.

Kickstarter and other platforms have allowed me to directly support passion projects and work done by the people who I want to directly support. Outside of hoping that my work will one day be something work paying for, it’s definitely important to pay my support forward to others.

Until next time.

Author: Mr. Nifty

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