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Inktober 2019

art Nov 01, 2019

For the first time ever, I participated in Inktober this year. Inktober is an unoffical daily drawing challenge for the month of October. The only rule is you have to draw with ink – as in pens. It was started in 2009 by Jake Parker and blossomed into a huge deal among artists. Honestly it’s pretty cool and there are some truly dope pieces of art that come out of it every year, but more importantly there is so much positivity and encouragement around the challenge. 

I’ve never done it before because I don’t typically draw in ink. Simple as that. I paint more than anything, and if I’m drawing, then I use pencils and colored pencils. Sometimes to wind down or zone out I color with pens, so I happen to have a ton of colorful (and sparkly!) gel pens, but coloring is really all I’ve used them for. This year though, I wanted to give Inktober a shot.

Here’s what I know:

  1. You don’t have to be an “ink artist” to participate in Inktober. You don’t even have to be an artist. You just have to be willing to try something new. Fact: I drew almost all of my drawings in pencil first, then erased the marks.
  2. Committing 5-10 minutes per day to a small doodle is much better than spending 2 hours on one day and then getting burned out. I knew I had to keep it super simple if I was going to see it through to the end. Just like with anything, consistency is key.
  3. The point of the challenge is to practice. Don't worry if a drawing didn't pan out like you thought. It's practice!

Doing this challenge for 31 days is a great way to try out all sorts of styles and hone in on your techniques. Every single piece of artwork doesn’t have to be a masterpiece – that’s crazy! It’s important to practice and try new things to develop our skills, even if you’re already a good artist. And it’s important to let go of the idea that if it’s not perfect, then it’s a failure. That’s simply not true and that mindset will hold you back! Practice practice practice!

If you’re new to drawing, try it! You don’t have to do it in October, just take the prompt list (or any prompt list) and start practicing.  

Out of my whole doodle page, the strawberries (above) and the skeleton (top picture) are my faves. I surprised myself, because in general, I prefer how the doodles done in just black ink turned out compared to the colorful ones – specifically the skeleton, baseball glove and Colosseum. Usually I’m all color, all the time! I used a regular black ballpoint pen for the black, a range of colorful gel pens for all the color and Sakura white gel pens for the little bits of white. 


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