Inktober 2014

I participated this year in the Inktober challenge. Inktober was dreamed up by Jake Parker (http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober) as a way to challenge himself to improve his inking abilities and to draw everyday. The rules are simple: make a drawing in ink (or sketch it and then ink it) using traditional media, snap a photo of it and post it somewhere online. 

A rather doughy self-portrait for #inktober

A rather doughy self-portrait for #inktober

I was worried about committing the time to complete an Inktober drawing everyday so I added another self-imposed rule: that I would set a timer and only give myself 15 minutes to do the drawing. At first this included thinking about what to draw and later was modified to just the drawing part. I could think up things in advance so to speak. 

My drawings don't have a unifying thread other than I am the one that made them. Some artists chose a theme and weaved it into each of their Inktober drawings and some even told a story. Next year I may consider adding one of those elements to the challenge, but for this year I just simply tried to keep up! If you were following my progress, I hope you enjoyed them! You can see the whole lot of them on my Pinterest board

It was a great challenge. I found coming up with ideas to draw was the most challenging part and the best part was I had fun. I worked on the drawings any time I had a spare fifteen minutes. I worked during my kids swim lessons, lunch breaks, sitting on a piano bench and in the wee hours before going to bed. I will definitely give it a shot again next year. And there are a few drawings that I hope to work up into a full portfolio piece. A great added benefit of Inktober and doing a quick sketch everyday! Keep drawing!

Here are some of my favorites:

 

And here are couple of my favorites from other artists who participated in the challenge: 

Illustrator Autumn Seybert created a series of #inktober drawings that told a cute story. See more of her work at https://autumnseybert.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/inktober-2014/

Illustrator Autumn Seybert created a series of #inktober drawings that told a cute story. See more of her work at https://autumnseybert.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/inktober-2014/

Illustrator Russ Cox had some wonderfully creative inktober drawings showcasing his superb draftsmanship. His Inktober drawings can be seen here: https://dribbble.com/smilingotis

Illustrator Russ Cox had some wonderfully creative inktober drawings showcasing his superb draftsmanship. His Inktober drawings can be seen here: https://dribbble.com/smilingotis


See you next year #inktober!

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