Musings and project updates from a comic artist and writer
All of my drawings from the month, plus my thoughts on the challenge.
I participated in Inktober this past October. Inktober is a monthly challenge where you create and share an illustration made with ink every day throughout the month of October. I shifted my creative focus to drawing in September, so I thought it would be a great way to grow.
There’s a prompt list for each day in Inktober, but I decided to not follow it and instead do my own thing. It would be fun to try the themes next year.
Here are all of my illustrations from the month with commentary, as well as my reflections on the experience.
I truly enjoyed Inktober. I felt nervous throughout the month that my art was not good enough since I just started, but I’m continually trying to be more patient with myself. I’m quite happy with how a few of the pieces came out, and it has been a blast to look back over the challenge.
I followed along with some artist friends and made some new ones, which kept me inspired and sticking to it each day. The community aspect of Inktober is really special. Compared to NaNoWriMo, where sharing what I wrote each day wouldn’t be very interesting, I loved following along with other artists participating in Inktober. It felt like a much more communal experience than NaNoWriMo.
In the month since Inktober, my personal life has been quite busy, but I’ve still kept up with my daily drawing. I decided to take a break from regularly posting art to social media, but I’ll return once I’m feeling ready. Drawing even for just 10 minutes each day brings me an immense sense of satisfaction. I’ve also been planning out and working on a narrative comic project, that I hope to be ready to share more info about soon.
I’m looking forward to Inktober next year, and if you’re interested in drawing, I can’t recommend it enough.