This is the third time I’ve tried Inktober.
The first two times were fails. I’d go in, and after 5 or 6 entries, drop out. This time, however, despite an even busier month than previous, I was able to do 22 of the 31 days, which I think is a good achievement!
Success was all about focus. I literally made the drawings part of my life. Instead of turning Inktober into some extra brief that I had to fulfil everyday, I went back to basics. Ink drawings of whatever, whenever, however detailed – or brief – it is. Some people have a theme, some follow the guide words set by the Inktober crew themselves. But me, I decided to make it very casual, snapshots of everyday life. And I found my Inktober drawings more interesting because of it, looking back at them.
And for those who don’t know what Inktober is? Basically, making ink drawings everyday for a month and posting them on instagram (or whatever other social media platform). I’ve even heard someone describe it as christmas for illustrators! Well, from their website:
Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. I created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year. Anyone can do Inktober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.