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I Didn’t Let An Injured Hand Stop Me From Completing Inktober

My name is Vanessa, and I’m a self-taught illustrator from the US (and China, and Germany, and, well, all over the place really!). I currently live in Lithuania with my husband and a plant called Spikey (which isn’t actually spikey at all…don’t ask).

I’m hopping mad about bunnies, so when I heard about Inktober, an awesome art challenge where thousands of people around the world spend the month of October making a new ink drawing every day, I already knew exactly what I wanted to draw for it! But shortly before the challenge began, I learned during a late-night trip to the hospital that I had a serious repetitive strain injury in my drawing hand. I’d literally painted myself into a plaster cast!

Still, unable to sit on the sidelines while Inktober continued without me, I cautiously embarked upon the challenge regardless. It wasn’t easy, and it probably wasn’t smart. I even had to take a break in the middle to rest my hand, but I finally got there in the end! I hope you like the results of my first Inktober, and if you’d like to see more of my work, then feel free to follow me @hoppingmadproductions on Instagram and Facebook!

More info: Instagram | Facebook

Day 1 – Swift

Day 2 – Divided

Day 3 – Poison

Day 4 – Underwater

Day 5 – Long (inspired by Wallace & Gromit’s The Wrong Trousers)

Day 6 – Sword

Day 7 – Shy

Day 8 – Crooked

Day 9 – Screech

Day 10 – Gigantic

Day 11 – Run

Day 12 – Shattered

Day 13 – Teeming

Day 14 – Fierce

Hitting Pause – Time to rest my hand!

Ready to restart

Day 15 – Mysterious

Day 16 – Fat

Day 17 – Graceful

Day 18 – Filthy

Day 19 – Cloud

Day 20 – Deep

Day 21 – Furious

Day 22 – Trail

Day 23 – Juicy (inspired by Beetlejuice)

Day 24 – Blind

Day 25 – Ship

Day 26 – Squeak (inspired by the animation Ernest et Celestine)

Day 27 – Climb

Day 28 – Fall

Day 29 – United (my interpretation of my favorite Winnie the Pooh scene)

Day 30 – Found

Day 31 – Mask (Being Chinese, Panda put on his trusty air mask…not realizing that this wasn’t what we meant when we told him not to forget his Halloween mask!)

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