On Doing Inktober

November is nearly ending, but I've been wanting to reflect on my experiences working through Inktober and following the 2017 prompt list.

I managed to draw 26 days out of the total 31, which I feel pretty good about considering last year I think I managed to do about 4 before falling off the bandwagon. I chose to follow along with the official prompt list and tried to avoid defaulting to fanart. I wanted to use each prompted drawing as a springboard to create a 1 or 2 sentence story. If you are unfamiliar with Inktober, it is about trying to do one ink drawing for each day of the month of October. The creator, Jake Parker, releases an official prompt list each year, using a different theme word for each day of the month. Some choose not to do the prompts and just maintain doing a daily drawing, but I found trying to solve the problem of drawing for a new theme each day to be a great creative exercise. 

Drawing for different prompts got me to step outside of my comfort zone and was a great workout for my storytelling. I often avoid doing much storytelling, but having some restrictions on my themes almost made it easier for me to be creative and come up with short story ideas or small character background. Sometimes having a blank page with endless options can leave you feeling stuck about where to begin. If you draw or create in any other way, I encourage you at some point, to try giving yourself a specific parameter to work within, you may be surprised at what you come up with. 

Tools list: Moleskine sketchbook, Micron ink pens, Copic markers

 

If you're interested in finding out more about Inktober, watch Jake Parker's video below: