My Drawing Challenge for October

Despite the change in weather I am actually a big fan of October. Halloween is one of my favourite days as I love carving pumpkins and eating all of the interesting sweets that only seem to be around at this time of year. You can see just how much fun I have carving pumpkins on my Traditional Art page here.

October is also a great month for online artists since a lot of drawing prompt lists get released. The most famous of these lists being Inktober.

Created in 2009, Inktober was a way for the creator, Jake, to improve his inking skills and it went on to become a popular hashtag in the art community. Now, it is attempted by thousands of artists every year so you will probably see the hashtag #inktober pop up a lot on your Instagram feeds. If you want to give it a try then you can find the guidelines and prompts here.

I have decided that I am going to do both Inktober and another Prompt List by @ellolovey this year. I have completed previous prompt lists by @ellolovey and they are always wonderful for keeping my creativity flowing. Sometimes all you need is a one word prompt to get the illustration ideas rushing around your head.

I know it is probably going to be a big ask to keep up with two sets of prompts throughout the month but I’m going to give it my best shot. Here is a peek at @ellolovey’s list:

A list of prompt words for a drawing challenge in October. Created by ellolovey
Drawing Challenge Prompts by Ellolovey

Keep up to date with how I am doing on these challenges by following my instagram @babskingisme

Every Day a New Book to Discover

I have started an exciting new collaboration with an Instagram account devoted to finding great books to read.

The Book Club features a different title in every post and covers the classics as well as newly released books. Every genre will be covered and the aim of the page is to bring inspiration to readers around the world.

The Book Club has asked me to illustrate each book cover it features. It’s a pretty daunting task but one I am delighted to take on.

Head on over to instagram here and give @thebookclub a follow.

An illustrated version of the book cover for the title The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Illustrated Book Cover of the Thursday Murder Club

It’s Pumpkin Spice Time

It’s no secret, I love Pumpkin Spice! It is one of my favourite things about Autumn and helps me get through those shorter days and colder months.

Today I am incredibly happy because Starbucks have FINALLY released the Pumpkin Spice Latte in the UK! It has been a long time coming!

Of course I had to get myself straight down to my local store and order a PSL and I created two special edition CutiePin for this very occasion!

Get yours today by visiting here and here

Introducing CutiePins was originally created as a space on the internet where I could display a portfolio of my illustration and design work. I was working part time as a Social Responsibility Office at a Health Club and part time on my creative business.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit I suddenly had a lot more time on my hands and then, once the quarantine was introduced, I had even more time available to create.

This is when I had the idea for CutiePins.

CutiePins are a range of pin badges which depict characters (usually animals) with overly cute, stylised faces. I like to use the Japanese term ‘kawaii’, meaning cute, when I describe the look and feel of the characters.

The lightbulb moment for these badges came to me when I found some old shrink plastic sheets in my craft box. I realised that I could combine the digital art I had been working on with the shrink plastic to make a product.

And CutiePins were born! 

You can purchase a variety of cute and quirky pins from my Etsy store here

A picture of Babs King standing behind a table displaying brightly coloured accessories and art work including cutie pins
Babs King at the Crafty Craft Fair with a selection of CutiePins, Earrings and Art