Just when I thought I was all done with challenges, Inktober came along. I have to say that one of the best things about being part of a group (or a tribe) on Facebook is the sharing of resources, fun links, competitions, and events to keep you working on your art. Even better, challenges like Inktober force you to work in a medium that you might not necessarily use a lot.
I had begun filling up a new sketchbook with random illustrations when I got wind of Inktober. It was serendipitous in the sense that I’m not always brimming with ideas and blank pages can oftentimes overwhelm. Design briefs and deadlines make things easier. Of course it’s not as if Inktober provided ideas. It just removed having to decide what medium to use. I still had no theme or specific guide.
But here’s what it did and is still doing for me: it forces me to take some time off my schedule to sit and lay down lines. Then I post my work on Instagram because there has to be some accountability. I’m sure no one is waiting and eagerly keeping an eye on their Instagram feed to see what I will be posting next but I pretend it’s that way. Keeps me going!
Very often I get to sit with my sketchpad after dinner when I’ve plopped down on the Yogibo in front of the television. Sometimes whatever is on might give me an idea for an illustration but that’s rare. Given that most of the shows I watch are either sitcoms or thrillers, that’s probably a good thing. As an aside, there’s really not much that’s worth watching so if all else fails, I turn to my video collection and put on a musical. Or a lame horror movie on Netflix.
Moving along–here are the entries so far.
I happened to be working on designs for a line of products so I was still in a draw-the-veggies mode.
When I settle down with my sketchpad, I usually have my iPad with me as well. I was going through some home decor magazines on the Issuu app so this is what I came up with.
I must have been thinking about creating a design I can develop for fabric when I did this.
I like drawing little people. I’m going to color her later on.
This came from seeing Trick or Treat themed ads on the TV.
I think I decided to let go of the cutesy thing for a bit.
I always celebrate the coming of Fall. Also reminded me that I hadn’t changed my profile pic on Facebook to reflect that.
Because I forgot to water my plants.
I was watching an episode of Gotham when she came to mind.
That’s it so far. If you do care to see what else will make it to the pages of my sketchbook, you can follow me on Instagram here. And if you happen to be participating, let me know so I can follow your work as well!