I used to draw. Then I was a recovering drawer. And after participating in Inktober, I realized I am a drawer once again.
Inktober was an initiative started by artist Jake Parker. The challenge is to do a pen and ink drawing every day for the month of October and is meant to “to improve inking skills and develop positive drawing habits”. It certainly did that for me. I don’t want this to be long, so here’s my notes:
- roughly 30 minutes a day. some days much more, some days less, or none.
- definitely felt like I got better. steadier hand, smoother lines, better understanding of composition, shadows, textures, perspectives, and more.
- sometimes I would copy a picture, sometime I would make up an original.
- some drawings felt very deliberate and others we more like doodles.
- I learned about different pens and techniques.
- brush pens are fun.
- I will be visiting Artist’s Emporium soon to purchase more pens that I would like to add to my kit.
I will continue to draw, doodle, copy, and colour. It feels good to put stuff on paper and look back on it. I love keeping notebooks, so drawing is just another cool thing I can add to them.