I've made it past the halfway mark for Inktober! I'm really excited to be able to fully participate in the challenge this year. Along with this blog post I have also created an Inktober gallery page where you can view the drawings I have done so far in order.
While I was creating my drawing for today's prompt, I noticed a lot of the things that I have worked on so far this month.
- I've been experimenting with materials, techniques and subject matter.
- I've been improving my ability to draw people (something I totally avoid doing.)
- I've been better understanding character development and story telling.
- I've been excercising my creative thinking skills and imagination.
- I've been way more courageous about sharing my work, even when I'm not 100% pleased with it.
Yesterday I was extremely pleased with the illustration I had created for the prompt "fat." The final piece was a chubby squirrel gathering acorns, and not only was I happy with the subject matter, I was also over the moon about how I had approached it stylistically. I'll be focused on working in this style moving into the future.
Having made my favorite illustration so far, I was a little nervous about todays. The prompt was "graceful," and I ended up drawing a witch (who I've noticed has been making quite a few appearances) and her copilot cat riding on a magic carpet. Initially I thought to draw leaves blowing in the wind, so I incorporated that element as well. When I finished I wasn't nearly as confident about it as yesterdays drawing but I shut the inner critic down and decided to share it on Instagram anyway. I really think I'm beginning to understand the spirit of this challenge which is as Jake Parker, illustrator and creator of Inktober, has said, "finished not perfect." If you haven't seen this video before, you should go watch it.
One of the most important things I've learned by doing this is that not every drawing is going to be as good as the last, but most future drawings will be better than the previous if I'm dedicated to improving my practice. And that's what this is really all about.
I also knew when I began that I don't want to primarily use ink in my work, which means that the work I'm making right now won't look exactly like the work I'll be making next month. Is that going to stop me from experimenting and sharing it with others? Heck no!
I also learned that sharing work whether I'm 100% confident in it or not is really important. Most likely the things I think are mistakes won't go noticed by others. Of course there will be other things that will be noticed, good and bad. There is also always room for improvement, but the fact that I started and finished anything means I'm creating room for that improvement to happen. I think a lot of people can relate to this journey, and I'm beginning to think of social media as a way to inspire and create connections with others on the same path. And that means sharing work, goof ups and all.
Thanks for stopping by! In the meantime keep a look out for the remainder of this months drawings!