Hi everyone… Hope you’ve had a nice week. I’m back today with a rather different post to my usual ones. I was really nervous about writing and sharing this post, I mean, I know most of you follow me for my sewing content, so I hope you don’t mind me sharing my other creative endeavour here.
So, this year, I decided to try harder at completing the Inktober challenge. For those who are not familiar with this challenge, it’s basically a month-long art challenge where you create/draw everyday in October – preferably involving ink. I tried twice before, and failed miserably both times. This year, I was determined to make it, and I DID IT! I made it through the whole month. Hurray!!!!
I think one of the reasons why I made it this year is because I saw the challenge from a different point of view. I used to think that it was about making 31 finished drawings, it can be, of course, but my focus was more on getting into daily art habit, to dive into my sketchbook everyday. I had never been consistent with my art practice, and as a result I never grew.
This year, I told myself that the most important thing about this challenge is to show up everyday, and not to worry about the finished drawings or whether or not the drawings are worthy of sharing. I do share my drawings everyday, with my Husband, because I know myself all too well. If I decided from the beginning that I’d share on social media, that would just be an unnecessary additional “burden”, and If I wasn’t happy with the drawing I’d just done, it would just kill my mood for the rest of the month. Or worse… I’d feel like a giant failure and wouldn’t try again. Eeek!
Before the challenge started, I set my goals. As well as daily drawing practice, I also wanted to explore inking techniques, but to make it easier for myself, I decided to set limitations too. I did my drawings mostly in black ink, my tools were simple: black ink (Frisk black waterproof ink), brown ink (Tom Norton Walnut ink), a #2 round brush, brush pen (Pentel pocket brush pen), and Micron pens in 02 and 04… oh, and of course my sketching pencils. I used the Pentel brush pen and Micron ones for when I was away from the studio. I love the limited supply/minimalist approach, too many choices would overwhelm me.
I did struggle though, especially towards the end of the month. The first couple of weeks flew by okay, I was inspired. But, after a while… unsurprisingly, I started to lose steam. I started having more and more of what-to-draw syndrome, staring at the blank page, uninspired. When these moments visited, I’d resort to just mark-making practice, practicing hatching, or just to draw something really easy, or redo previous drawing(s). I was so glad I decided not to share everyday!
I learned a lot from this challenge. I’m not 100% happy with my result, I haven’t grown as much as I’d hoped, but it’s a process and I’m just going to enjoy it. If anything, I’m so grateful that Inktober has made me fall in love with drawing again. And also, it finally really clicked with me that what I’m doing is learning a new language. I’m drawing to learn the visual vocabulary by heart. Weird thing is, I actually love the monochrome drawings now… and to think that that was going to be the biggest obstacle to me, it’s crazy! I thought I would miss colours too much and give up on the challenge. Guess there’s always something new to learn about ourselves, eh?
So, did you do Inktober or any other drawing/art challenge? If you did, please feel free to share your story or leave me link to your art page(s), I’d love to check it out.
That’s all I have for you today, it’s time for me to get back to my fabrics 😉 I’ll leave you with a few more pages from my sketchbook now and I’ll be back next week with sewing content for you – fingers crossed. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and week ahead.