Sketchbook Tour · Inktober ’19 · Inspiration, Reference and Making a Zine

Sketchbook Tour · Inktober ’19 · Inspiration, Reference and Making a Zine


Hi my loves and welcome to today’s video. A flip-through of all of last month’s Inktober
drawings. I asked you guys if there was anything you
wanted to know about this project, so I’ll be answering some of the most popular questions
as we go. So the theme that I went for this time around
was Greenhouse Essentials for Potion-Makers and Spell-Casters. A few people were a bit confused, asking where
I found the theme or the prompts list, and so I thought I’d just clarify that that this
was something that I came up with myself, and so it was my own personal project without
a list of prompts. I actually came up with the idea the day before
the month started, so didn’t have a huge amount of time for preparation. In the lead-up to inktober, I actually already
had an idea of what I’d be drawing, I thought of doing something like haunted or cursed
or evil plants, like a werewolf bramble or a vampire ivy, making the plants look like
they had this affliction or just a spooky theme. And as I was coming up with what I could draw
for each day, one of the things I thought of was ghost moss, which is something you’ll
see I actually drew later on in the tour. And I imagined that as a light moss in a bottle
or jar, which suddenly made me think of potions. And so that’s where my new idea for this years
theme came from. I started from scratch and tried to think
of different things you might like or need in a greenhouse and how I could spookify them. So a lot of it was plants that I combined
with spooky elements as I’d already been planning on doing. But I also thought about practical greenhouse
things like grow-lights and water-butts and misters and humidifiers and how those could
look or function in more of a supernatural sense. It really pushed me to use my imagination
and get creative with some problem solving, and as I said before, the more I did, the
easier it got and I started to create this little world in my head and the people that
would be using these things. In terms of outside inspiration, I’ve been
watching a lot of history videos on YouTube recently, short documentaries about the Victorian
era, and I really like the old journals and guides they used to have- and the illustrations
in them- so that’s where that kind of vintage look came from and the tone of the captions
I used. So that I hope should answer the questions
I’ve had about the backstory, the ideas and themes. People also wanted to know to what extent
I planned my drawings, if I knew what I was going to do from the beginning or if I decided
each day what I would draw. I don’t think I’d be able to manage coming
up with an idea everyday. The way I keep up momentum during challenge
like this is taking away some of the decision fatigue or decision paralysis from as early
as possible. So when I came up with this idea, I decided
on every drawing I would do- as in what each thing would be- and then I started putting
them in order of which I wanted to do first and which ones might look good next to each
other. I knew what sketchbook I’d be working in,
so I made a rough sketch of the number of spreads and started mapping out what might
go where and how they vaguely might look. Nothing detailed, but it gave me a guide and
also helped me figure out how each thing could be laid out on each page, to make the most
of the number of pages I had. I would definitely do things like this again
because it really just saved me so much time every day not having to think about which
drawing I was going to do and how many pages it should be on and where the text might be
in relation to previous pages and how that might look in the scheme of things. Even though I was really flexible when it
came to sticking to the plan or just going with whatever felt right on the day, it was
nice to have that foundation there to start with and I was able to work on things as a
whole from the beginning. Okay, let’s see if we can quick-fire some
questions from Instagram. Did I use references? Some drawings were entirely form my imagination. For some I looked at different elements in
pictures. But nothing is drawn directly from one image
and I would say 60%, I didn’t look at any reference at all. Was it stressful? At times, especially towards the end, it just
got a bit exasperating, a bit monotonous. I missed using paint. That said, I do find something a bit relaxing
in the routine of a drawing challenge, knowing more or less what you’re going to draw every
day and how. Average amount of time spent on this per day? I would say maybe 45 minutes per page. As time went on, I spent a lot less time sketching
and planning. I think the first one took about 2 and a half
hours altogether because I drew it on a separate piece of paper and then tried to recreate
it in the sketchbook, just so it could be ‘perfect’, so I would know exactly what I
was doing. After that, I got more and more open to making
mistakes. Was that enough time or did you feel overwhelmed
by the pull of other projects? I allowed myself to make this the priority,
which was great at the time but not so great now. Now that it’s over, I do feel a bit lost. The inspiration I’d been building up last
month has been fizzling out and I’m kind of floundering around wondering what to do next
and… trying to remind myself how to paint. Process for idea generating fictitious plants? As I said, it just came down to thinking of
a plant, and combining it with something dark or spooky, and then thinking about how that
might work. Sometimes I thought of the name of it first,
or the function and then I thought about how it might look. Okay and finally, one of the most popular
questions, will there be a printed copy of this book for sale? And yes, there will be. It’s actually available for pre-order now,
so I’ll have that linked below. It will be available for the next 2 weeks
from now, after which, I’ll start sending them all out, and I hope that means everyone
that want one should get a chance to get one, without me having to keep them in the shop
year-round. And I think that’s about where we’ll leave
it! As we look through the book as a whole. Really hope you enjoyed this project as much
as I did, it’s one of my favourite art things I’ve ever done and I’m looking forward to
doing more like it! Thanks so much for joining me and I’ll see
you soon for the next video. Bye!

97 thoughts on “Sketchbook Tour · Inktober ’19 · Inspiration, Reference and Making a Zine

  • What a fabulous theme and beautiful execution to boot! Glad you're posting again on here, I've missed your inspiring videos 🙂

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  • this is so beautiful and probably one of my favorite inktobers. i always feel inspired after watching your videos <3

  • Clever and well done! It shows the importance of sketching out the thumbnail rough drafts ahead of time so you can have a smoothly flowing, well-designed product in the end.

  • I love it so much! Pre-ordered! It feels so good to finally be able to get your inktober zine, whooo. Definitely made my day haha 😀 Sorry to hear your inspiration has fizzled out a litte. You might just need a little break, inktober can be quite heavy after all.

  • This is absolutely incredible! 😍 your videos always make me feel so calm 💕 Loved the theme you did for inktober!

  • During the month I was always excited waiting of the next Video, because I loved your Inktober so much. My favourite painting is the mushroom, I think.

  • Simply gorgeous! I love these as a whole , but a particular shout out, as it were, for the lovely whimsy of the insect hotel and the horse chestnut dice!

  • beautifully done! your sketchbook tours always give me so much inspiration! you always seem to be posting the right videos at the right times for me lol! i'm currently trying to come up with ideas for some of my art projects and boy, am i STRUGGLING HAHA! thanks for posting and saving up whole school art career!! the things you talked about in this video also really helped me work on my projects. thank you. 🙂

  • Just preordered mine!!! I,m so excited cause it'll be my first time buying art from you. I can finally afford to support the artists I love and it feels great <3

  • Minnie: "It's actually up in the shop for pre-order now-"

    Me: frantically pausing video and searching for the link

    So excited to get my hands on a little slice of creativity from a favorite artist. Well done Minnie It's gorgeous. Thanks for always inspiring. ❤️

  • Just ordered my copy, can’t wait to see it in real life! It’s so imaginative, I just love it. It makes my Harry Potter loving side very happy!

  • I love this video so much your art is always soo inspiring 😍😍😍 you are so talented 😍 it would mean a lot to me if anyone could check out my inktober sketchbook tour video❤️❤️❤️

  • Wow! You never cease to amaze me with your illustrations 😍 You're such a big inspiration, I would love to have such lovely ideias for my drawings!

  • Just made my pre-order! Very very excited to add this to my collection I have of your work. This is so wonderful and creative! I’ve really been interested in witchy stuff recently while I’ve been reading A Discovery of Witches series. This is so perfect!!!

  • anyone else like the video before even watching the whole thing because you know it’s going to be quality content?! 😤

  • Hi Minnie! Can you tell me what kind of pen you used for these drawings? It looks like a ballpoint pen, but I’m no pen expert so I can’t be sure!

  • Literally stopped the video to desperately run and pre-order. I'm so excited, Minnie! I love all your work but this absolutely speaks to me and it inspires me, too. I'm so happy!

  • Omg, it's just so beautiful, fabulous execution, you've just inspired me to do a similar themed idea for my new sketchbook!

  • I bought the houses one last year and I love it! It arrived really quickly even thought I am from Mexico. I am planning on buying this one too!

  • Omg this turned out amazing!! You are so creative and imaginative, I aspire to reach your level of skill someday! Love from New Zealand xx
    Edit: I saw your art in the inktober video on the BBC where they interviewed the guy who came up with inktober (don't come at me I can't remember his name right now 😅) and I got so excited it was actually kinda funny lol

  • People are going to discover this sketchbook hundreds of years from now and it’s gonna be the new Voynich manuscript….

  • simple yet amazing! 💕✨ i get way too stressed during inktober and go hard on myself to make difficult/intricate looking illustrations for some reason. 😭 so didn’t participate this year for the sake of my own mental health. 🤧

  • Yes!! I love this booklet so much, I just pre-ordered it 😀 I'm actually working on a magic potions book myself, which maybe I'll share some day 😉

  • Such a cool project. Thank you for telling us about your creative processes. I'm not an artist, but I am inspired – maybe I will draw my own spooky plants!

  • I thought a lot about your 45min-approach…. And now I got me an hourglass.

    They come in different sizes/materials and "time-consuming-sand quantities" ;). Perhaps something for you too? It´s such a beautiful way of measuring time.

  • Loved the sketchbook. Been following your work here on YT for a bit now and just pre-ordered this. Looking forward to check out the real thing. 😀 Keep up the good work, love the videos by the way, your smooth voice is very soothing.

  • my collection of minnie small art books and zines grows a little bigger today and i cannot wait. this is probably my favorite one too. i really love this (old plant illustration) art style a lot

  • Hooray! Just placed my order after watching this video! I’m so excited, this book is gorgeous and I already have a story idea percolating around this book. Thank you so very much for creating such beautiful art and allowing us to purchase it.

  • Just ordered myself a copy. Congrats on this beautiful piece of art and thanks for all the artsy advice and inspo you share! <3

  • That's simply brilliant. I love how you planned it all out in thumbnails! I particularly love the detail in the botanicals. I may just try that 🙂

  • I can't order it for like the next month because of reasons which means I'm going to miss out on my chance to get it T^T limited time releases make me sad…wonderful video, though!

  • Maybe you have covered this before — but do you scan the images or take photos of them for printing, and do you end up taking the original book apart to do this? I become frustrated working in moleskin type books and then wanting to create prints, and am wondering how you handle this…

  • This is so so good. I'm sop proud that you were able to stick to it and finish with such good results. Despite having seen all the previous videos I'm aslo just now realizing how consistent your penmanship and handwriting is throughout all these drawings. lIke it almost looks typed in that sense. It's so weirdly consistent.

  • Gorgeous work. Very creative approach to figuring out a theme and very disciplined approach to the challenge by laying it all out in advance.

  • Minnie-beans, I am so, so, SO proud of you! So, proud! I…I'm so proud that I don't know what else to say! LOL!🤣🙌🏾

  • Hi Minnie
    I really love your work and admire how you can draw and paint. Since about half a year I am into drawing myself. But somehow I don't know how I should practice drawing so I can become better. What can you recommend me? Should I only focus on one singly thing (e.x. gesture drawing, facial expresion, hands, faces etc.) for a long time so I can see progress? I hope very much that you can give my some advise.

  • Your videos the past year have helped me articulate my creative thoughts better. The fact that you mentioned you felt lost after finishing this Inktober helped me understand more how I feel after finishing a creative endeavor where I’m on a roll and then it stops. The way you used your imagination this Inktober was really inspiring. Thanks for this video ☺️♥️

  • This is perfection! I have never pre-ordered something so fast! TAKE MY MONEY hahaha

    For real though, beautiful illustrations. I love the witchy/spooky vibe.

  • I love this so much!!! One of my reference books is a vintage English flower book that very much is in this style so I knew exactly what you were going for. I love it!!! I think it would look good with notes in them on how the bits are used, too.

  • Millie take a break and do something non art related this is beautiful and inspiring. Please know the doibt will pass from a fan

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