If it’s October then it must be Inktober, a celebration of daily ink drawing.
Jake Parker, an artist and illustrator, started Inktober in 2009 as his way of making a personal commitment to draw every day and improve his inking. The “rules” are minimal and although there’s an official Inktober 2019 daily prompt list, there’s no requirement to follow it slavishly. In fact a number of “unofficial” prompt lists have sprung up. Just google it and you’ll see.
I’m going to use one of the rogue prompt lists myself. I found one distributed by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators on their Facebook site which has very broad categories for the prompts. As someone who finds narrow prompts irritating this was just what I wanted.
As I have other projects going on I don’t have either the time or the energy to commit to hours creating a daily masterpiece. Instead I’m taking the quick and dirty approach. Two pens (one permanent, one watersoluble), one waterbrush , and small cells drawn onto a spread in my sketchbook journal.
I’ve meant to do this for months… nothing better than a deadline to prompt a procrastinator to “get the lead out”!
A friend in a mutual Facebook group put out the challenge to sketch daily… “organic shapes from observation”… and Daily Potato was born. It was October, it was time for Inktober, and it was destiny… I chose to do a mashup of Inktober, #dailypotato, and finally filling the Strathmore 500 Mixed Media Journal with pre-painted spreads I created in Roz Stendahl’s online class “Textures”.
When doing these month-long projects I like to have the framework of a theme, however loosely defined, to help me focus. I tend to follow that plan the first week or so but as the month progresses boredom sets in. In order to keep it interesting and fun I find it’s important to start reaching and experimenting. Raiding my stash of multicolored FW Acrylic Inks was definitely the best part of this project!
Enjoy the short video, it’s less than 4 minutes long. I hope you like seeing how my pages progressed through the month.
(All pages: Sailor Fude pen with water-soluble black ink and assorted colors (including white) FW Acrylic Ink in a Strathmore 500 Mixed Media Journal with pre-painted page spreads.)
This is the fourth year I’m participating but this year I’m not going to use any of the official prompts or any Sktchy photos as I did last year.
What I will be doing is drawing various produce using assorted waterproof and water-soluble inks in a Strathmore 500 Mixed Media Journal with pre-painted spreads. A friend in one of my art-related Facebook groups suggested this as a daily challenge… not necessarily for Inktober. She jokingly named it #dailypotato and, even though our scope of subjects has already expanded beyond potatoes, the name has stuck.
Thinking of joining Inktober and still looking for this year’s prompts? You can find the list at the link above … or…..
Remember… I’m not using the prompts. Peppers are not poisonous!