An inked illustration of a witch's hat decorated with autumn foliage and acorns against a white background. There is black text underneath that reads "Disabled Witches: Art by Jessi Eoin." To the left of the hat is more text that reads "Artbook Preview!"

Disabled Witches

Ahh, lovely October has arrived, and its twin Inktober is going full-force! I love this time of year; not only is the weather dipping into much more comfortable levels of temperature, but it’s also the season of all things spooky and cozy: apple picking and cider, Halloween party plans, and the smell of fresh ink on the crisp paper in front of me. Ahhhh~~

This year, I’m delighted to not only be participating in Inktober, but I’m also super excited to be offering up my very first art book! It’s a collection of all 31 of my Inktober series of disabled, fat, queer witches, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the way it all turned out.

I’ve got a preview for you here in this video below if you’re interested in checking it out.

So cool! Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to lately that’s kept me so busy the last several weeks.

It was surprisingly fun to create the book in InDesign which I haven’t touched since college in about 2012. I had to re-learn all the tips and tricks through YouTube. lol But I’m really pleased with the way it came out, and I’m super excited to order them on October 22nd!

A styled photo of an inked illustration by Jessi Eoin of a fat witch in a witch’s hat, surrounded by leaves and cute ghosts and in front of a full moon shape. The illustration shows this person with significant scarring from an acid attack who has long, straight hair, breasts, stretch marks, cellulite, and a few moles holding up a lantern with their left hand and smiling at the group of moths flying around its light. They have a tattoo on their upper right thigh of the moon phases, and there are a few stars in the background.

Up next, I’ve gotta get started on creating some winter themed pieces for the upcoming holiday season, but I’m looking forward more to the part after that. I went through a bit of a depressed period where I was seriously questioning my work and feeling pretty subpar, so in order to counter that and to give myself something new and fun to try, I went to Blick a few days ago to just look around at some art supplies I want to try out.

I’ve always been a fan of colorful illustrations, especially those with lots of plants and natural colors, so I’d like to try expanding into that in my own work. I got a few gray value brush pens while at Blick that I’m looking forward to playing with. It’s interesting to see how different it feels to compose a piece in my mind when switching from just the use of thin lines to a kind of lines and “paint.” (I’m a distinctly visual thinker, so in my mind, it’s like using the “pen” tool in Photoshop for my inked lines and the “paint bucket” for the filling in with colors. lol)

A styled photo of an inked illustration by Jessi Eoin of a fat witch in a witch’s hat, surrounded by leaves and cute ghosts and in front of a full moon shape. The illustration shows this person wearing modest clothing and a hijab underneath his hat using a crutch with arm support with his right hand and holding up a long-stemmed jack-o-lantern in his left. This person is wearing round glasses and has facial hair, acne, and a gap tooth, and there is a black cat leaning up against his leg with a forepaw stretched out to bat at the pumpkin’s leaves.

If I’m being honest with myself, I’m afraid I’m going to be a failure and just do absolutely miserable work. lol But there’s no growth without taking a chance on something new, so I’m keen to try it out anyway. But don’t be surprised if this leads to a lighter social media schedule! lol

On a lighter note, I’m very much looking forward to Halloween festivities with my friends; we’ll be celebrating at someone else’s home this year for the first time in ages! It’s been at mine for several years now, and I’m excited that I won’t have to do a ton of prep work at my house this time. lol I just have to decide on my costume. Maybe a character from Hilda on Netflix would be fun!

Anywho, hope you’re having a great day! Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out my Disabled Witches Art Book for pre-order through October 21st. Happy Inktober!