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.
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:
Months passed by and forgot about it when she came back to me and requested a scan of the image so that she may have it made into note cards. Today she brought by the finished results and I’m thrilled!
I am one of the organizers of the Victoria Urban Sketchers, our local chapter of the international Urban Sketchers organization. We meet every second Saturday morning in different areas around Greater Victoria to sketch as a group.
This is one way I have been able to regularly channel my creative energy. We all have busy lives, but even when I’ve been overwhelmed with everything the universe decides to throw at me I’ve managed to maintain this art habit.
The Cridge Centre is a great exterior to sketch. The grounds surrounding this turn-of-the-century brick building are filled with old oak trees, flowing shrubs and rock outcroppings.
The British Columbia Protestant Orphans’ Home had humble, unpretentious beginnings. As the need arose for more beds, funds were raised from the community to build the Taylor building high on a hill in 1893. It now houses Seniors and provides many other valuable services to families in our community.
I live on Vancouver Island in Beautiful BC just off the coast of the mainland & a little north of Seattle. Smog is (thankfully) something which we never need to contend with here. Unfortunately, there have been numerous wildfires on the West Coast of North America and the smoke blown our direction has changed the colour of the sunlight.
After a few hours of this phenomena I decided I had to try to capture some of it.
Making beauty of of tragedy! I applied a watercolor wash of pinky yellow aka orange 🙂 and let it dry. I then pulled out one of my new toys: a dip pen with a flexible nib and sepia India ink.
Then I grabbed my bag with art supplies and went for a walk up a nearby hill hoping to get a view. But everything just looked dirty viewing it from that altitude. 😥 So I sat down on a rocky knoll next to a small Garry oak tree amongst the dry grass for sketch.
Speaking of sepia:
These sepia colors remind me of a painting I did a while back. I had a favorite colorized photograph of my grandpa Jim, he was a real cowboy during the Depression. One night he got all gussied up in his best chaps and gear to go to a local dance. Our family had a farm in Fort St. John not far from where many of the current forest fires are.