31 ink drawings
Seems simple enough, right?
The challenge of Inktober (31 ink drawings done one a day in October) was in forging a habit. Sitting down to really focus on a drawing is becoming a rarity for me… While I doodle, and I love drawing and working on my art, I will admit I’m guilty of coming up with all sorts of excuses through the day. Between the day job, training a studio-puppy, and *ahem* dating a person, it’s kinda too easy to put off drawing until “later” whenever that is…
As this was my first time doing this drawing challenge, I kept things simple. I didn’t have a theme, and often used the official prompt list. I tried to keep the drawings under an hour most days. Really, the whole point for me was to just get the drawing done.
So, some of my drawings were scribbly, and I played catch-up a few times (let me tell you, my hands haaaated me those days!). Some days I followed the official prompts, and my drawing style varied depending on my mood. I’m cool with all of that, given how busy October was for me, including puppy-sitting out in Circle, AK and a weekend in Tucson with my family.
One really fantastic thing that came out of Inktober was the opportunity to sit and draw with some of my favorite people. I talked my sister into doing the challenge with me, as well as the lovely person I’m dating. Sitting and drawing with each of them was such a lovely thing… I didn’t quite realize how much of my art is solitary now, and how much I missed having company for it. Back in the day, art classes and friend-group art nights meant a steady stream of feedback and banter while I was working. It’s comforting to sit with a familiar person and create.
Overall, despite having to play catch-up, I feel that my first Inktober was a success. I came out with good memories, and a couple drawings that I’m excited to explore further.
Mark your calendars for Inktober 2018! For sure, I want to be a little more organized next year and work on a series or project. In the meantime, there are fish to paint, canvases to prep, and a spring show to plan for.