I’m making another attempt at Inktober again. Check out my previous posts here.
It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover, to your surprise, that you have rendered something in its true character. ~Camille Pissarro
Inktober is a 31-day-long ink focused, personal challenge art project. For some artists that may seem a formidable task to take on, but it can be manageable. That was an intention of Jake Parker’s when he created the challenge. Here’s Jake’s explanation.
Inktober est un projet artistique axé sur l’encre qui dure 31 jours et qui peut sembler une tâche difficile à assumer par de nombreux artistes, mais il peut être gérable – une intention de Jake Parker lorsqu’il a créé le défi.
You are by no means required to follow the annual prompts list, it’s just some random suggestions to help you think outside the box.
Vous n’êtes en aucun cas tenu de suivre la liste annuelle des invites, ce ne sont que quelques suggestions aléatoires pour vous aider à sortir des sentiers battus.
The Ocean Edition
Having a theme can help you know what to draw, as it narrows down a potentially overwhelming combination of possibilities. This can also keep the main tone or style of your work consistent.
Avoir un thème peut vous aider à savoir quoi dessiner, car il réduit une combinaison potentiellement énorme de possibilités tout en préservant la cohérence du ton principal ou du style de votre travail.
For this reason, I kept in mind to chose images relating to ocean/sea/beach. Furthermore I limited my colour palette to a grey scale with only a bit of spot colour.
Dans cet esprit, j’ai choisi des images relatives à l’océan / la mer / la page. De plus, j’ai limité ma palette de couleurs à une échelle de gris avec juste un peu de couleur d’accompagnement.
Here are my first 16 ink drawings. Please feel free to refer to my Instagram account @paintgirl21 for the individual photos.
Voici mes 16 premiers dessins à l’encre. N’hésitez pas à vous référer à mon compte Instagram @ paintgirl21 pour les photos individuelles.
In a foreign studio space, always managing to forget at least one vital supply ( how could I not have realized I was nearly out of cadmium red dark?!).
… participer à des cours d’art local?
Dans un studio étranger, j’oublie toujours au moins un stock vital (comment ne pas avoir réalisé que j’étais presque à court de rouge de cadmium?!).
… and join MeetUp communities filled with artists and kindred spirits who are open to learning and growing, outside of a traditional classroom environment?
Well, primarily because I like to share and I enjoy learning from other artists like myself, as well as open hearted individuals.
There are many times when pursuing art can be a necessarily solitary endeavor, yet we still crave connection to our tribe, the people who may seem faceless, but we feel ‘know’ us in a way our family & friends can’t.
To be able to compare experiences of materials and techniques. Tips on where to find supplies and also drool over coveted items.
I’m lucky to live in good sized city with a thriving arts community but I still enjoy hearing those voices of comrades and seeing their work from far corners of the world.
So if you live near or far, have a simple question or just wanted to drop a simple :), I’d love to hear from you!
P.S. I’d like to acknowledge the great encouragement contained in the bite sized book #UNTRENDING by Vicki McLeod.
I had the pleasure of meeting this lovely author, speaker and entrepreneur recently and I was delighted to hear that we shouldn’t feel that the Internet shouldn’t be viewed as a huge time-sucking, cotton-candy filled wasteland (although it could of you let it!)
It’s a guide to using social media to make connections that enrich or lives.
On my Pinterest page I have pinned a number of pieces of art that I find inspiring or have elements that I would love to experiment with. (Come on… admit it! We all have scads of pins that we’ve never tried to make). There are many with words, hand lettering, script, fonts and typography. I love the visual impact of large scale hand lettering and the mystery of incomplete words or faces.
I had a discussion with my friend Adam recently about the Inktober challenge I had done & also a challenge that he had posted on Facebook referring to the game of Being Seen. Part of what he was wanting to make people aware of with this challenge was that many people have the same (smiling/happy) profile picture for years or some people may be hesitant to post an unflattering/unedited picture. This essentially is an incomplete representation of the multifaceted & complex people we truly are. (For that matter, how many of your friends are paying attention? Or take the time to comment? What do they have to say about your expression that day?)
Now this is of a very positive pickle to find myself in. A constructive conundrum! I know when speaking with him that he is always encouraging people to go for it & aim higher! I want to be able to say “I did it!” when I see him next.
This caused me to realize
“I’m going to have to try this challenge too, aren’t I?”
He then one-upped me by specifying that I would need to DRAW myself every day for a week! 😲…
“Okay”, I thought, “I can do this, challenge accepted!”
The last couple was a bit of a squeeze to fit into my vacation, but it gave me the opportunity for different scenery too 😉
So which profile picture is my favorite? I think it might be the first. Which is yours?
Well I’m glad I made it to the end of Inktober, my latest online artistic challenge. But also glad that I restricted myself to 3 inch square drawings so as to not overwhelm myself. In reflection I think that I would do it & other similar challenges again.
One of these initiatives is Inktober which was begun by Jake Parker in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills. The idea being that you draw one picture every day for the entire month of October, resulting in 31 ink pictures by the end of the month.
He guides us as follows :
1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).
2) Post it online
3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2016
Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.
He even provides a list of prompts for each year if you are lacking in inspiration.
This has also been reminding me of Danny Gregory‘s book Every Day Matters, in that it reminds us to look around and see the beauty and art potential in the objects that surround us. Like pocket change, if you look closely at the details there are history lessons, iconic animals and a little pocket lint 😉
As I have mentioned before, I am one of the co-coordinators the Victoria Urban Sketchers group. We meet bi-weekly around town to sketch together from what we see in our surroundings, not from photographs. Here a couple samples: