illustration & animation


Inktober 2019

This October, I am participating in Inktober - I’ll be making an illustration every day for the entire month!

Inktober was started in 2009 by Jake Parker. He started it as a way to practice using new tools, and improve his inking skills. He challenged himself and others to draw with ink every day for the month of October, and share on social media. Since then, Inktober has grown tremendously in popularity. There are all kinds of Inktober prompt lists, and variations, and anyone can participate!

For Inktober 2019, I wanted to keep working in color, so I decided to use Posca pens. Posca paint markers are basically just that - they are paint in a marker format. They are water-based paint markers that dry to be permanent. They are great for painting on fabric, glass, rocks, paper, wood… pretty much anything! The ink is very opaque and has a matte texture to it when dry… and it does dry quickly! This makes it a really fun tool for illustrating on top of what you’ve drawn before. You can also blend Posca colors, but you do have to work quickly before the paint dries!

I was really looking forward to Inktober this year, because it gets me away from drawing on the computer. There is something about working with real ink and real paper… all the little mistakes become a part of the artwork, and make it unique. I also find Inktober a good way to practice letting a piece be “done”. It’s so easy to spend hours and hours fine-tuning a digital illustration, but with ink… once the mark is on the page, it’s there… and I find it easier to enjoy the process.

Inktober 2019 is only halfway over, but here are a few of my favorites from my little sketchbook so far!

Some of these will be available as prints and other goodies in the future! I also might be selling a few of the originals. Sign up for my mailing list if you’d like to be notified!


Hello! I’m Taryn, an illustrator, animator, and designer based in the Boston area. Thanks for stopping by!

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