It’s that time of year again, and when you share a work space sometimes it can definitely feel like you’re skipping through an active mine field. Inhabited by invisible grizzly bears. Each and every person you see, a potential disease vector. Do they have kids? Are their children in daycare? How confident are you that they’ve washed their hands in the last 12 hours?!?

I got a flu shot a few weeks ago, which I highly recommend. I can barely remember the last time I had “the flu”, but I think it involved a lot of vomit and fever dreams. Needless to say, I’m not looking to repeat the experience, dull though the memories may be.

There’s just 2 weeks left in Inktober 2017, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t losing some steam. It’s very difficult to commit the time to really explore your creativity when you’re juggling an armful of other projects as well. I’m past the hump though and I can see the end in sight, so my plan is still to soldier on. Still, I regret not being able to experiment more with less used mediums such as ink and brush. As time has become in short supply, I’ve fallen back to some quicker doodles with Copic markers, and I really wanted to push myself. Hopefully I’ll be able to tackle a more ambitious piece or two before the month is over.

As a closing thought, I’d like to talk about Canson Sketch notebooks. I’ve reached the point where I don’t really like to use them with pens, the paper just lacks the qualities you’re really looking for with that medium. They tend to bleed your lines a bit if you’re not careful, and they’re not thick enough to prevent bleed through with a marker. They’re terrific for pencil sketches, and you can’t beat the price but in the future I think I’ll be looking for more bristol or specific marker papers for ink work.