Usually before beginning InkTober each year, I come up with one or more learning goals for the month. I seem to try to improve my hatching nearly every year. Sometimes I unintentionally learn to appreciate a medium like the Bic ballpoint. And an especially memorable year was 2016, when I made it my goal to sketch from imagination – and Weather Bunny was born.
This year I went easy on myself because I already have the ongoing project of drawing my hand every day, and I wanted the challenge to stay fun, not be a burden. So instead of making a goal to learn something specific, I decided to simply use October as an opportunity to draw my hand using inks and pens that are new to me or that I haven’t used in a long time.
It turns out that I am already learning something significant that I hadn’t planned. Making broad strokes with Boku-Undo sumi ink or a brush pen takes only minutes to execute, but I have to spend a lot of time thinking before I ever hit the paper with the brush. It’s the exact opposite of a pencil or fine point pen, which takes much longer to execute, but I can do my thinking along the way instead of ahead. Using all different kinds of media on the same subject is teaching my brain to think in different ways.