Just like last year, I was unable to complete Inktober. This year I made it all the way to day 18 though! That's 5 more days than last year! I'll take pride in that I suppose! I am a bit disappointed in myself, but I also know how Fangcon knocked it out of me. I had planned on using some of the inks from my Fangcon badges for those days, and then starting back with actual Inktober pieces after the con. But I was so wiped, and so excited about getting started on my take home commissions that I just couldn't focus on Inktober pieces. Oh well!
Rather than beat myself up about it, I think I should focus on the positives that 18 days of Inktober gave me! In just that small number of drawings, I felt like my ability to digitally ink improved rapidly. Beforehand, inking digitally took me AGES. While I always loved how it looked in the end, it was so tedious and time consuming that it was my least favorite part of doing a piece. I was always so focused on trying to get my lines absolutely perfect, as if I was using vectors to do them. But Inktober made me realize that I'm not a computer, I'm not doing vectors, so why am I trying to emulate one? I have always love the idea of the hand of the artist and the little touches that only traditional media can bring to a piece of art, so it made absolutely no sense for me to continue trying to be so perfect with digital. Inktober gave me an opportunity to live a little and try out some new techniques that I hadn't been able to do before. It breathed a new life into my art, or at least my opinions of it.
After Inktober, I have no longer been dreading the inking stage. My process has sped up considerably, and since I am no longer concerned with looking like vectors, I feel like my art has more movement and life in it than before. The hand of the artist has returned!
Want to see my journey? You can see all of my completed Inktober pieces in this blog posts:
I am hoping that what I learned from Inktober will pass on to other aspects of my art: mainly my coloring and my fears of trying new things. I know I have already begun speeding up my coloring process, but I hope that the this whole "hand of the artist" trend will continue to grow. I have always wanted my digital work to look more like my traditional media pieces, but I unfortunately allowed myself to stagnate once I figured out one method of drawing digitally. I never really realized how stagnant I had become until I did a digital Inktober this year! I am incredibly pleased with my decision to do it digitally and with the new knowledge, personal reflection, and growth I have been able to accomplish in such a short time. Even though I "failed" at completing Inktober, I still feel like I won.
Did you manage to complete the Inktober challenge? Or did you still come out a winner by learning something new during the experience?
An early round-up this week! I'll have a real blog post tomorrow, so be sure to follow me so you don't miss it!
Here and here are links to the last two round-ups!
I tried something new at the start of this week: greyscale shading! I figured this would be similar to working in inks, but honestly I just wanted to give them a bit more depth! Later in the week was prep for Fangcon, so I had some doodles and commission work insead! I'll include the rest of this week in next week's round up because I'll be busy at Fangcon and won't be able to post!
If you missed last week's round-up, you can check that out here.
It's been a strange inktober. I've been using it as an excuse to work more on a bunch of unfinished sketches that I hope to turn into merchandise. I felt inspired to do this little "cheat" after I used many of last year's inktober pieces for merchandise in my Redbubble shop. Look for some of these in the coming months!
It's a short week this week just because of the way the days fell. Oh well! Here are five different inked pieces I did each day this week! I have really been pushing my style in different directions, what do you think? What is your favorite so far?
Unless you live under a rock, you've probably heard of Inktober. It is probably the most popular monthly drawing challenge out there! Started by Jake Parker in 2009, it has exploded on the internet with both pro and beginner artists participating. The rules are simple: Create an ink drawing each day of October and post it online with the hashtags #inktober and #inktober2017. Even if you don't think you can do an inked drawing every day, you can do a "half-marathon" by posting every other day, or even the "5k" route and post once week. Jake Parker insists that it doesn't matter which level you decide to do, as long as you are consistent. He states, "INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you're consistent the better." Like any of these challenges, the end goal is to get motivated to draw! It doesn't matter how good or bad you are, use these sorts of challenges to get excited about practicing and maybe learn some new techniques!
I'm planning on doing the full 31 day marathon this year, which I'll post in weekly bunches on here, but you can also follow my Twitter for daily updates!
Who is going to try to do the full 31 days with me this year? Share your favorite inktober pieces in the comments or tag me with them on Twitter! I want to see what you create!