Inktober 2017 wrap…hello November

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” –John Steinbeck

 

I am familiar with the art rabbits, get them all the time when staring at a blank piece of watercolor paper.  But I see that my resident dust bunnies have expanded the tribe a bit to now include plot bunnies.  This can only mean one thing, November has arrived and Nanowrimo is on.

But before I can get started on chasing 50,000 words to write while avoiding roving bands of plot bunnies, am taking a moment to say “thank you Mr. Parker for a fun adventure with Inktober“, and to post the final ink drawings.  This was my first time drawing and posting every day on Instagram, which was a challenge in itself, but in the end I did walk away from the experience with a few personal lessons and insights into my own art.  Aside from the gratification of completing what seemed like a daunting challenge, there was the daily inspiration gained from seeing so many wonderful artists who express themselves and their visions so eloquently with ink.  It was certainly a learning experience and I look forward to continuing the exploration and adventure with ink but without the daily postings…lol.

Wishing everyone a creative November!

Inktober 2017- weeks two and three

Weeks two and three of Inktober and the fun continues.  There is a stronger sense of challenge now, not so much in finding the time to draw, but more along the lines of thinking up ways to express the ideas and concepts from Mr. Jake Parker’s prompt list @Inktober.  Words like “screech” or “filthy”, not subjects I would normally think of drawing, had me putting on my thinking cap, as well as wondering why do I get myself into these types of month long challenges, (of course I say that laughingly as I start to plan for November’s month long challenge of Nanowrimo…but that is another story), … lol.   Originally I had expected to bounce back and forth between all the fun lists and prompts other people had posted, but settled instead on sticking to one list and the challenge that alone would pose, as well as the challenge of posting everyday on Instagram…so many challenges rolled up into one little thing…lol.

Anyway, these were my offerings to Inktober during weeks two and three, I hope you enjoy them as much as I had fun making them.

Inktober 2017 Week One

A fun first week of Inktober.  With so many tempting prompts from different people the imagination is easily distracted in too many directions.  Taking some pointers from veteran participants I have set a few limitations for myself, to see me through the rest of the month.  Nothing too restrictive just a few things like theme, keeping it simple, time limits on drawing and inking, (I can easily get lost in a drawing and forget all about time passing), and the number of prompt lists to look at.  So far I have been following Mr. Jake Parker’s list @Inktober. Everything is open to interpretation and it is a fun challenge to figure out a few concepts and how they fit within a theme.  Of course I tell myself if the mental wheels hit a wall, I can always hop over to someone else’s prompt or just do whatever comes to mind.  Remembering that the whole point of the exercise is to get back to daily drawing and to have fun is important and helps immensely.

So here is my line up for the first week and I must admit, it is nice to have the first few pages of my new sketchbook filled with ink.

Have a great week.

Hello Inktober…October!

Here in the islands summer is not yet giving in to a change of season except for the occasional breeze that brushes past and whispers of cooler nights to come.

When the humidity gets too high, the drying time with my watercolors becomes a sort of guessing game, giving me a good excuse to play with pen and ink instead, and just in time to join in the fun with Inktober started by Mr. Jake Parker (@inktober and @jakeparker).  The idea is to do an ink drawing a day for the 31 days of October, and posting them to Instagram with #inktober and #inktober2017.  There is also an official Inktober prompt list for anyone wanting drawing ideas.

If ever there was a fun way to get back into using the sketchbook on a daily basis this is it.  All one needs is ink and something to draw on.  And with so many other prompts and challenges floating around on Instagram for instance, (including Charlie’s World Watercolor Group’s prompt ideas),  it can feel like being a kid in a candy store of creative inspiration and fun.

To start off October I pulled ideas from a couple challenges and prompt lists and just let imagination wander.  The first one was done in my bullet journal, (part planner, holder of ideas, and playground for doodles).

01 October 2017 Bullet Journal

The second was in a new and inexpensive sketchbook with the hope to get at least the first few pages inked so the rest of the scary blank white pages are not so scary anymore.

01 October 2017 Inktober

 

Happy Inktober everyone!