I’m new to #Inktober, which is a month-long creativity challenge focused on producing a new piece of inked artwork every day for the month of October.
I haven't manually drawn anything in years that wasn't for work or some kind of job, and even then...most of my illustration is/was done digitally.
And as sad as it sounds, making art for fun (or just for the sake of making art or practicing) is just not something I do anymore, and haven’t done in a long time. But I figured, never too late to jump back in, eh? It should also be noted that I have no formal (or informal!) illustration training, so you have been warned ;)
I am a little behind the curve getting in on this collective creativity, having started around 11pm on October 2nd, but how does that saying go? Perfection is the enemy of good/progress? Something like that? It will literally never be the perfect time to do anything, so just do it as soon as you get even the sliver of a chance.
Here are the official prompts, which I may or may not follow, but if you are interested in joining for the first time as well, they could prove to be a useful springboard for you too!a
The spirit of Inktober is to produce one new ink drawing per day, but I doubt I’ll be able to (besides, I will be gone for the second half of October and will not be engaging in anything except v a c a t i o n).
Anyways, here is my first step on my Inktober journey.
Let’s start on day 3 with day 2’s prompt, “Tranquility”:
I decided to loosely base my drawing off a recent photo I took of a dove in a tree at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. I’m quite clearly a bit rusty here (and yes, I even “gridded” it!), but I feel like it was a semi-solid first-attempt. I used an HB Bazic pencil, an (ancient!) 0.01 Staedtler Pigment Liner, White-Out, and an old notebook I bought back in 2012 (or possibly earlier). I’ve always had an irrational aversion to discarding old art supplies, and I think the logic behind that was that there would be “times like this”. Thank you, past self, for being so weird about the things you chose to keep.
Final thoughts: I’m pleased with the bird’s simple expression of gentle comfort, but not so hyped about the leaves. Time spent: about 3-4 hours? And of course, when it was finished, I scanned it in and cleaned up all the pencil/eraser marks in Photoshop. Finished piece is 4” x 4”.
Day #4 prompt “Spell”
Today’s prompt is close to my heart, I am a, well, let’s just call it a “practitioner”, so my inspiration for this is everywhere, but mostly on my own altar. I used the same materials as I did on the first illustration.
Final thoughts: Relatively satisfied with outcome, love the rosemary, could have worked harder on the crystals and the general shading but…
Time spent: no idea, spaced out in free moments over 2 days. And of course, when it was finished, I scanned it in and cleaned up all the pencil/eraser marks in Photoshop. Finished piece is 6” x 6”
Day #5 prompt “Chicken”
I based today’s prompt on a photo I recently took of a chicken on my friend’s farm (I think I might make it a habit to use my own photos as reference for my drawings…). I used the same materials as I did on the first two illustrations.
Final thoughts: Love the face, especially the eyes. Not much could really be done with the body, so it’s a little bit blah...
Time spent: 2-3 hours? And of course, when it was finished, I scanned it in and cleaned up all the pencil/eraser marks in Photoshop. Finished piece is 4.5” x 7”
Day #7 prompt “Exhausted”
I based today’s prompt on an old photo of my long-departed cat, Ping (rest in peace!). I used the same materials as I had on all of the previous illustrations.
Final thoughts: This one may very well be the weakest so far, but I am still only a couple of days into it. They aren’t all going to be gold, and practice is practice. Perhaps I ‘overshot’ it by trying to ink very fine, grey, kitten fur without ever having tried it before…also, the foreshortening on the arm is…weird. Oh well!
Time spent: about 2 hours. And of course, when it was finished, I scanned it in and cleaned up all the pencil/eraser marks in Photoshop. Finished piece is 4.5” x 5.5”
Be sure to bookmark this page so you can periodically check on it, as I will be updating it with new entries as they are created!