Well I did my first ever Inktober challenge this year. I decided first and foremost to have fun. This was an opportunity for me to branch out a bit from my usual subject. I also wanted to improve some of my brush skills. I am what's referred to as a heavy handed artist. I'm the guy that snaps pencil leads constantly, or destroys technical pen nibs like they are made of paper. I press, and I press hard. So for almost all of Inktober I used a pocket pentel brush pen. I also got a couple of fountain pens as they give a nice free flowing line and are maybe a bit more durable and sketchy than technical pens which tend to make me very rigid when I am drawing. Brushes and fountain pens let me bust out of my shell a bit more.
For my first go, I decided not to follow any of the prompts, I just wanted to draw for the sake of drawing. I really liked this at first, but nearing the end, I kind of felt left out a bit of the overall idea of Inktober which is to also get you thinking about ideas and being creative. But hey, there is always next year. I will definitely join in again, and I will follow the prompts as well.
If you aren't sure of what Inktober is, it is a drawing challenge created by illustrator Jake Parker, who also shares an excellent podcast called 3 Point Perspective with fellow professional illustrators Lee White and Will Terry. As an amateur illustrator trying to venture to being a professional, I have been listening in quite a bit.
check out the podcast here:
check out the Inktober website here:
check out my Inktober Gallery here posted on my instagram: