Inktober is always a great time of year. It's a chance to show what you're made of in 31 randomly generated prompts.
For those of you who don't know what Inktober is: Inktober is an art challenge that happens every year in the month of October. Usually an artist is supposed to only use ink in some shape or form on their art piece. This event was created about thirteen years ago by an artist who wanted to challenge himself to draw everyday for one month and draw things out of his comfort zone. Now, artist all over the internet participate in Inktober for a chance to make their mark and receive some new followers.
This was actually my second attempt at Inktober--emphasis on attempt. I only completed 15 out of 31 prompts but I am still proud of myself because I did better than last year. It is quite challenging to find time to sit down and draw when you are a working adult. Additionally, some of the prompts this year were a difficult! I had no idea what to draw for "Tread" or "Dizzy".
Although I did struggle with drawing everyday, I did learn an important lesson: I need to draw everyday. I need to set aside time to work on my craft whether it's reading, learning to do something or practicing. Like the great Bob Ross said, “Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you're willing to practice, you can do.”
Unfortunately, drawing has been something that I neglect or push off lately. I have come to realize that I push it off because I get too hard on myself. I no longer critique my artwork in an unbiased way but rather put myself down when I feel I'm not on par with other amazing artist. It has taken all the fun out of art. Through Inktober, I have learned, I need to allow myself to be a child again. Exploring different mediums, being reckless, and not afraid or concerned with making mistakes.
I believe getting back to time when art was fun and an outlet for me, will help me improve and grow as an artist. Hopefully, by next Inktober, I will be better than I am now.
Here are all the of the art pieces I did for Inktober. I would love to hear what you think.