So I participated in Inktober for the first time this year and it was an awesome experience!
I hadnt even heard about Inktober until a couple of years ago on Instagram. Apparently it has been happening since 2009 and was started by Jake Parker and has become an international thing. There is an official prompt that you draw to each day for the month of October. Artists illustrate, primarily with ink, the prompt as they interpret it – it has gotten so large, some create their own prompts. I had been recently working on other ink pieces and decided to give it a try. It has been several years since I have been in any classroom environment besides random figure drawing sessions and I thought it might be refreshing to have the a firmly dictated creative daily goal for each day.
The first couple of days I just dug in and tried to make something. But around day 3 or 4 I felt like I was starting to get the concept. Looking at others work really inspired me and I saw the time that some were dedicating. As this was my first year I had no idea what to do or expect and it was fascinating to see the full range of participation. Everything from a couple of quick sketches during the month all the way to full on inked masterpieces for each day. I tried to land where I could in that range and produced a piece each day that Im pretty happy with.
As the Inktober continued I was able to quicken my pace in reference selection and execution but it was still taking me several hours a day to get what I wanted. Way more time than I anticipated but totally worth the grind however! Overall, great experience and I have some work from it I am happy to share. Check it out below – prints available if you are interested. I have been doing a few paintings lately based on these that have been fun so keep an eye out!