What is Inktober?
In 2009 Jake Parker created what is now a global drawing challenge to improve drawing (inking) skills as well as develop a regular art habit.
Although there are guidelines, there are no hard and fast rules - except to remember this is a personal challenge and only you know your limits.
I love challenges as I rise to meet them and grow because of it, but it can cause anxiety if some days don't go well and I start to feel like I'm falling behind.
This year my aim for Inktober is to improve my nature journaling skills and get back into a more regular drawing habit. I hope to draw something from life every day, linked with a small walk for exercise where possible. It shouldn't take me more than 30 minutes, unless I get in the flow state and want to keep going of course! To keep it simple I'll be sticking to just drawing with some pens and my handmade sketchbook:
- handmade sketchbook with Kraft (toned brown) paper
- Indigraph fountain pen with EF (extra fine) nib and black Rotring ink (waterproof)
- Tombow Fudenosuke pens: 2 black (fine & broad tip), 1 grey (fine tip)
- White Uni-ball Signo broad gel pen and fine tip one
- Faber-Castell PITT artist pen B (brush tip)
I'll be updating this post and my Instagram daily and there will also be a YouTube video at the end of every week with a compilation of the week's drawings. Am I taking on too much? We'll see!
Week 1 - YouTube video
Week 2 - YouTube video
Week 3 - YouTube video
Week 4 - YouTube video now up!
Week 5 - YouTube video
Check the video for a sketchbook tour!
This isn't the first time I've participated in Inktober. Check out my previous results on Instagram:
Theme was my own: "holiday/island time" since I was on holiday in Fiji for a part of October.
I followed the official prompt list matched to ghost-type Pokémon (for Halloween spookiness).