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.
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:
See you next year #inktober!