We’re well into November now, and with a few days between the 2016 Inktober challenge and me, I thought I’d share some thoughts (in no particular order of importance) on it.
But before that, from top left to bottom right, are most of my drawings from Inktober 2016 in the order in which they were made.
Here are my thoughts:
- Challenges are hard for me! By day 4, I so wanted to not do a ink drawing. Just because. This is the very first time (I’ve tried at least a couple of years before this) I actually made it past that, and it did get easier. Well, relatively. There were still days that I felt uninspired to draw. It shows in the sketches. Still I’m glad I drew.
- Did my inking skills get better? That’s a hard one to answer. I don’t think you can look at the sketches above and see any linear improvement. But that would be silly, to think that 31 days could look dramatically different. In fact, any changes you see are really inspired versus not-so-good days. But what I did see is that:
- Over the month, I became more comfortable with relying on less color. Or using only selective color. Or no color. If you know my work, you know I love color, and lots of it. So mostly inking in black/grey is a stretch for me. In a good way. Does it mean I’ll be doing less color work? I doubt it, I love color. Every once in a while last month, when I missed color, I switched to colored inks and used it like watercolors, like the persimmons below. Or just did a watercolor piece and fitted in a little ink sketch into my day.
- I did become surer with my ink lines. I think. They’re not always my best sketches, but I can see I did something I might not otherwise do.
In this first piece during my last week, I was lost for a subject, so I turned on the camera on my computer and made this self portrait. No pencil lines underneath, and no fountain pen either. Ink and a brush.Some white pencil at the end.
In this one below, a little throwaway sketch of some medicine bottles, I avoided the temptation to add color or tone to support the linework, all done with brushpen. Again, rare for me.
- Picking a subject to draw This one was hard, not because there were any constrains, but just because it’s hard to decide what to draw everyday. Often I just drew the same little object over and over. ( Notice how many times Walter the skull and pumpkins featured in my sketches?) I didn’t use the challenge words or build in an extra challenge to sketch a particular subject or make a ‘significant’ piece. Those would have upped the challenge for me, and made it harder to stick with it. Perhaps I’ll do that another year. Baby steps.
Will I do the challenge again? Yes. Maybe. I think so. I’ll find out. Next year. Did you do the challenge? Did you try? What was easy? Hard? Impossible? Share your thoughts.