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Inktober ’17 Illustrations from Alexandra Macvean

a macvean manuscript profileAlexandra H. MacVean is a freelance illustrator based in Fort Collins, Colorado. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)Women’s National Book Association, and the United States Board on Books for Young People. She’s also a three-time Barnes & Noble Artist of the Month and her designs and illustrated children’s books can be found at various bookstores, coffee shops, and online children’s magazines, both nationally and internationally – and more!

On why she took part in Inktober this year, Alexandra says:

“I had attempted to participate in Inktober a few years back but due to a terrible car accident I was in, it was simply too much for me to physically and emotionally keep up with. This year, my husband, who’s a full-time professional graphic designer (doing art on the side) had mentioned he’d read a recent article on Inktober and asked if I’d heard about it…and I said yes! We both knew of a fellow artist who has been using dip pens for quite some time who wrote a blog post on what materials she uses to draw and one section talked about dip pens – with her favorite being the Leonardt 256 Drawing Nib. After reading her post, I ventured out online to begin my own research as to who/where I could obtain my own drawing dip pens/nibs and landed on the Manuscript Pen Company website!”

Take a look at Alexandra’s Inktober illustrations throughout the month of October.

Day 1

Say hello to Mr. Muffles. He’s picked up a new book at the local bookstore.

Day 2

Finley the squirrel presents Mr. Puggles with a gift. 

Day 3

Oliver warming himself up by the fire in his robe with a cup of tea in hand.

Day 4

A Little morning tea with Miss Parrimon. ☕️

Day 5

Sir Fritz the Ferret oh so dapper and distinguished in his jacket and scarf.

Day 6

A HUGE bear hug.

Day 7

Two best friends meeting up at the tree farm.

Day 8

 A cozy, little fox hole.

Day 9

SNOW and a cozy hat and scarf. ❄️

Day 10

a little bunny couple.

Day 11

Sleep tight little mouse, in your snuggly jammies and under your cozy quilt.

Day 12

The Brimley Bear Family Portrait. Hmmm looks like they love the color red!

Day 13

Mr. Pickler fast asleep in bed.

Day 14

Sir Thomas Chamberlain has arrived for high tea.

Day 15

Mr. Peter’s Candy Shop.

Day 16

Momma reading to her baby son.

Day 17

A pair of sweet little pigs

Day 18

These are a few of my favourite things.

Day 19

Hedgehog ice skating!

Day 20

Thomas wishing upon on a star.

Day 21

Oscar caught up in the wind and falling leaves today. 🍂🍃🍁

Day 22

Say hello to Miss Furlington.

Day 23

A birthday celebration. 🍰

Day 24

Maisy fast asleep in her cozy little mouse hole.

Day 25

A woodland Halloween adventure. 🎃

Day 26

 A little spiffy mouse in his suit and ready to dine.

Day 27

Charlie and his newly adopted puppy.

Day 28

Take time to love and enjoy those around you.

Day 29

Thomas and his new holiday sweater from grandma.

Day 30


Never stop dreaming…

Day 31

Happy Halloween!! 🎃👻

  1. Day 19 Video
  2. Day 11 Video
  3. Day 14 Video
  4. Day 15 Video
  5. Day 17 Video
  6. Day 19 Video
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  10. Day 26 Video
  11. Day 27 Video

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Date: 20.10.17