|10/5/16 brush pen (inspired by photo)|
We’re a week into InkTober, and I’m enjoying the challenge more as I get into it! I’m still on my plan to make a coloring book of sorts – line drawings in black ink only. I’m mixing it up by using a variety of pens – my Sailor fude fountain pen and both hairy and non-hairy brush pens.
The hard part is pushing myself not to fall back on my usual comfortable habits – drawing from life in a realistic way. On the one hand, allowing myself to draw from Internet photos or imagination is easier in that I don’t have to leave the house or look around it for something to draw. And making line drawings means I don’t have to think about color or shading. But pulling stuff directly out of my brain and putting it into my sketchbook is not easy for me.
|10/6/16 brush pen (from imagination)|
The Artists Network recently published an article by Jake Parker, the initiator of the InkTober movement, about how participating in the initiative can change one’s life. It’s not really about whether you use ink in the month of October, he says; it’s more about developing a regular drawing habit (that part I already know about). What I found most interesting was that in his own experience, he tends to do the same ol’ thing for the first 10 days, falling back on comfortable habits. By Day 11, he runs out of old ideas, and “It’s usually around this time that I start doing really off-the-wall stuff that sparks a new flavor of creativity in me and sets me off in a new, more exciting direction. The first 10 days is all my old tricks, the last 21 days are exciting and invigorating because I’m covering new ground.” As a huge fan of studying the creative process, I found his experience fascinating and exciting.
|10/2/16 brush pen (manga-inspired selfie pulled from my brain |
while looking at other manga images online)
How about you? How’s InkTober going?