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 my 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.