#Inktober2016 Journey

#Inktober2016 has finally come to an end!

Jake Parker created the Inktober challenge since October 2009, a drawing a day in October. He creates the list and posts it online for everyone to join. The purpose of this challenge is to push one’s ink drawing further.

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This is my first time participating and now that it’s over I must say that it was really challenging. I needed a lot of inspirational help from my cat, pinterest.com (a wonderful platform) which I’m sure most of you have seen/recognised and instagram artists!

Honestly, when I see the daily keywords – I blanked out and did not know how or what to do. I didn’t have a character in mind at first, then I realised that I have never drawn animals before so I looked at my cat and started taking pictures of him.

I had fun throughout this entire process. I have never drawn with a fountain ink pen so this was an eye opener experience. I cannot wait for more challenges like this – I had a great time.

 

In case you were wondering, I used Pentel Pigment Ink Brush Pen – Medium and Derwent Graphik Line Markers

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Thank you and have a magical day!

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Gello Oponda

On August 19 Friday, we visited Little Lions – NYC Cat Cafe.

They had about 20 cats in-store and all were adoptable. They came from a rescue shelter, Best Friend Animal Society.

Sipping a cup of tea, a gentlemen who happened to be one of the shelter volunteers spoke to me about each and every cat there. He had such pure knowledge and passion when he spoke about them.

Best Friend Animal Society is a new booming rescue shelter. They are so new that they do not have their own location where people can simply adopt. Instead, they do pop up adoption events in big stores. For an example, their next pop-up adoption location was at a salon by flatiron building on August 27 Saturday.

Usually, I do engage myself into long never ending conversations with volunteers from the past cat cafe visits. However, this particular one from Little Lions Cat Cafe intrigued me the most.

So on August 27 Saturday, we attended the pop-up adoption event.

And.

One look to every cage at the store and my heart was completely sold to Angelo. He was tiny and skinny. His big sky blue eyes were looking right at me. It was such a strange connection to have, and with a cat! I immediately voiced to the volunteers that I would like to have a “bonding moment” with him. This is where they put you in a corner with the cat alone to see if you and the future pet vibe well.

When I first held him, he was as light as a feather. I was so scared to crush his perfect body with even little strength. Now we’re up close and his details were absolutely stunning. The selected white fur mapped from the centred his face down to his chin. His white socks on all four paws. The white tip on his black tail. His extremely long white whiskers that appeared to be too long for his face.

As soon as I held him, he was so happy and active. A minute later, he was purring. He was perfect.

Right after, I filled out the adoption papers and confirmed all the details.

On August 27th at 1:05pm, Angelo is finally adopted.