What Happened to Inktober?

I almost made it! But not quite. I was getting bogged down and falling behind. The guilt kicked in and a feeling of obligation replaced the anticipation of next day’s prompt. Then I remembered that the world wasn’t going to spontaneously cease to exist if I didn’t actually attempt tomorrow’s page.

And that was OK. I didn’t have to beat myself up about it – I’ve got plenty other things to do that over!

I did feel disappointed about not finishing the challenge on time, however I was also making myself upload a video each day (mostly…) and although that was fun I was spending more time on that than the drawings themselves. I intend to go back and do some of the prompts that sparked ideas.

I was surprised how much I got out of taking part, regardless of not completing every prompt. One of the the main things was not to fuss about a picture being as perfect as I could make it before calling it finished and putting it out there.

I also now have several ideas for future projects based on a few of the prompts and I’m really looking forward to working on them in the near future.

As a self imposed offshoot, I also became more familiar with editing and really had fun choosing background music to fit each video.

It’s been really interesting to see the different interpretations of the same prompt and what people have done with each one.

What I didn’t expect was how hard it became to do after the initial excitement of the first week or so!

Overall, I really enjoyed my first Inktober and, all going well, I’ll take part next year too.

Congratulations to everyone who took part, even if it was just for a day or two. We are all brilliant!

Inktober 2019 – Day 16 ‘Wild’

Another very short and simple one for today! I couldn’t find my pink Lamy fountain pen which I had intended to use, so had to use my Lamy yellow writing pen instead, which was was a tad irksome! They are both identical except for the colour, but you know, still irksome!

Inktober 2019 – Day 14 ‘Overgrown’

The inspiration for todays pic was pretty easy. All I had to do was look out of the window to the back garden which is well and truly overgrown! It’s actually very lovely in its wild way and is visited by an abundance of birds, bats, hedgehogs, and probably a whole lot that we’re not aware of!

I really enjoyed doing this one and thought drawing it mainly in sepia would give it a general oldish, neglected feel. I also wanted an excuse to use my Derwent sepia Graphik pens. The rest is done using Derwent Intense pencils (Baked Earth, Bark and Ink Black.)

Inktober 2019 – Day 12 ‘Dragon’

I’ve been looking forward to doing today’s prompt. I was going to go for a scary, fierce impressive Dragon, but this is what happened!