Inktober is one of those internet art challenges where people attempt to do or accomplish something over the course of a month and post their progress daily on social media. Inktober is a drawing challenge: participants attempt to make a finished drawing, in ink, every day for the month. There are several sets of prompts floating around to give added structure if you want it; I’ve seen a general list, and one with a Halloween theme, and one specifically about witches, and one person I know seems to be basing his (excellent) drawings on scenes from classic movies but that might just be him.
You can see where this is going. How challenging is Inktober going to be for me, when I am almost eight years and thirty eight sketchbooks into my personal drawing of the day challenge, where I do a finished drawing in ink every single day. Well, the answer is: pretty challenging.
I am using the general prompt list, and I’ve never worked with prompts before. I’ve decided to draw the first thing that comes to my head when I consider each prompt, and it’s quite exciting in a modest way. More challenging, though is the daily posting part. While regular readers of the blog are used to seeing curated examples of the drawings of the day with accompanying essays and commentary (click on the drawing of the day tag in the tag cloud to see them all), and people who actually come to my house are free to leaf through the sketchbooks in hard copy, I have never committed to letting the entire world see every single one of the darn things for a month.
Scary. They really have to be good, especially considering the top notch quality of the work I’m seeing from a lot of the other participants. Among other things, this means I am doing these drawings earlier in the day. The drawing of the day has usually been my after dinner project, with all the relaxed quality that suggests, but this month I am doing them in the morning.
Which means my schedule has returned (temporarily, I assume) to its Pre Drawing of the Day form, and I have gone back to scribbling in a big informal sketchbook after dinner. And that’s why there’s a sketchbook page, drawn with the Zebra Sarasa 0.7 gel pen in “Porto” port wine red that I use for writing notes, there at the top of this post.
(For now, you can see my day to day Inktober posts on my public Facebook feed, along with links to this blog and my Instagram feed. I may decide to put them elsewhere eventually as well.)