Inktober 2019 – Days 26 – 31

The final set!

Whew! I thought these prompts would be different, that they would be enjoyable… but no.

I don’t have an issue creating something every day but working with prompts just rubs me wrong. By the end of the challenge I’m rebelling against the constraints of the prompt list.

So no more prompts.

After so many attempts have I finally learned my lesson? I hope so.

Inktober 2019 – Days 19 – 25

I guess I forgot that not only was I following a set of prompts for the month but I was also following a natural science theme. Big ooops.

Notice my departure on the 25th with my depiction of one of my favorite Muppets, Animal.

Yup… I’m a huge fan!

A5 portrait Hahnemühle Watercolour Book

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Inktober 2019 – Days 1 – 7

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.

A5 portrait Hahnemühle Watercolour Book

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Inktober 2018 Revisited… a Video!

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.)

… It Must Be Inktober

Yes, it’s October and that means Inktober!

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.

Day 01

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!