I started this blog last year at the end of October. I haven’t posted every week, or even every month, but I consider it a success. I wanted to maintain motivation in art, to see myself improve, and to use and improve in a variety of media. I feel like I’ve definitely achieved those last three.
Between August and September I had a crazy time with work. I was promoted (yay!) and I’m definitely still finding my feet with the role. Is it just a universal truth that you overwork when you get into a new role? I want things to settle down a little now, so I’m refocusing on the things I want to achieve outside of work, which brings us nicely back to this blog.
To celebrate the anniversary of this blog, I’m going to attempt inktober this year. The aim was to produce art regularly, so this is the perfect challenge. A couple of things to mention:
1) over the past year, I’ve really focused on improving my painting and pencil drawings because I wanted to become more confident in the basics. I’ve never really invested much time in ink, or at least not since I was about 16. I’ll be using inktober as an opportunity to improve with pen/ink.
2) I’m going to use the official prompt list for the days, but I’m going to be generous with interpretation. Mostly, I’d like to stick to a nature theme, because that’s what I love and there are so many things I can improve on within that, especially with a new medium. I’m also going to allow myself to create abstract pieces. I haven’t pursued much abstract work because, as stated above, I really wanted to work on competency of the basics, which I think is easiest to achieve through realistic studies. When I was studying art at school, abstract as my jam! So with that in mind, I’m going to be generous with how I get to a final piece. Below is the official prompt list, and here is a bit of info and background about the challenge generally.
3) I’ll try to post every day (assuming I manage a drawing every day) but I think that might be a stretch.
4) I’ve decided to restrict myself to only 3 colours, and 3 pen thicknesses. I’m using copic markers because they’re the thing everyone goes on about. Are they really lots better or is it just, branding of the art world? By limiting my options my hope is I can just get on with drawing, and have an easy way to compare the drawings at the beginning and the end of the challenge. Here are the Resources I’ll be using (snapped awkwardly on the train):