My inky contributions for Inktober
I want to stamp a big fat ‘NO!’ on this right at the start, yet this year I have to say I’m feeling a little on my own out there for being someone who just likes to draw rather than can draw.
Perhaps I was just in a different place in my head last year or maybe I just follow a lot more actual artists on Twitter this year, or maybe it’s because I put more time into Inktober stuff last year. Whatever the reasoning behind it, all I know is that this year Inktober just doesn’t feel like something I should be joining in with: I’m more than a little out of my league here.
That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy seeing all of the wonderful creations coming up on my twitter feed because I do very much, and I especially like to see when people take a prompt and put a clever twist on it. I’m enjoying all of this and trying to retweet people so that others can share in this too, however I think last year there seemed to be more people putting out doodles who were not professional artists, or perhaps I just need to find some more like minded creative souls.
Yes I want to see the professional artists do their thing: I just think it would be nice to find some middle ground people too, so that is my goal this week. If you are quietly taking part in Inktober but don’t have an artist tag then I’m coming to seek you out!
Also can we please stop putting “this is my bad drawing” on perfectly good artwork, I know everyone is their own worst critic but some of these ‘look at my terrible (actually awesome) drawings ‘only serve to make other people feel even shittier about their own ‘bad’ art.
So I say from now on let’s just own that art no matter how bad we think it is, because surely the whole point about joining in with Inktober is just the action of creating something daily no matter the standard it perceives to achieve.
And with that here are my bad Inktober offerings for week 1
If you feel like you want to join in with Inktober, there is still time to join in so here is the link to read more and the prompt list. Or you could find another prompt list as there are many to use, or even just draw out what ever you want, it’s not about the result it’s about the action \o/
Well I had a lot of fun joining in with Mythical Inktober, and am pleased to have actually done something creative throughout October: the incentive of a goal really help me. Thanks to Frenone for supplying the prompts as I probably would have faltered on the original Inktober ones, but the mythical ones made the task far more fun and I now feel more confident sharing my artwork even when it isn’t great because of all the support from the Twitter & WordPress community.
So here are my last ones to complete the final gallery:
Well I said I was going to join in for Inktober and I’m happy to say that I have actually got through the first week without giving up in frustration, and I’ve shared drawings in public that I really wasn’t comfortable with the standard of.
So I call this a good start.
I do have to admit that I got a tad sidetracked from the original mission though, and now instead of using the #Inktober prompts, I’ve switched tracks and joined in with Frenone and #mythicalInktober. Well her prompts just seemed such fun and appealed to my fantasy side.
And here are my doodles so far
Day 1: Moonbunny
Day 2: Dryad – I was a little annoyed that I didn’t start a fresh page for this one as I like it.
Day 3: Valkyrie: Hiding the arms because anatomy isn’t my strong point
Day 4: Cactus Cat: I knew I would like this one even without shading
Day 5: Siren: This was a case of too much adjustment: I decided to adjust the mouth afterwards as it looked like an angry pout, but I really wish I’d left it alone.
Day 6: Direwolf – I used a different type of pen for this one and it flowed more ink that I was expecting so the nose wrinkles got lost.
Day 7: Banshee – This made me see how differently things looked depending on the lighting for the photograph, though I’m still not sure which I prefer.
Well so far I’m having a lot of fun, even if some of the prompts are tricky for me to draw. If you decide you want to join in then here are the prompts for the rest of #MythicalInktober and I urge you to go visit Frenone’s Twitter page HERE to have a look at all her awesome pieces of artwork.
For a while now I’ve seen posts advertising Inktober on Twitter, and reading some of controversy surrounding it, and I have to say that I sit here feeling rather confused; sometimes a little bemused too. From what I understand, an artist called Jake Parker decided to start up Inktober as a way to encourage people to try or improve their art work using ink. For some people it’s not easy, or possible to use this method, and his idea of wanting people to use ink because they won’t get the full enjoyment seems to have been pulled out of context and used against him in some places: I have to say I kinda feel sorry for the guy, who seems to have good intentions.
From what I gather there are no actual strict hard rules to a hashtag movement, and while they are created with a certain intent it’s still in the public sphere and open to interpretation. So for my own part I don’t see why people can’t just join in, in whichever way they feel is best suited to their particular circumstances and indeed this looks to be the case for many an artist. Be that using their own prompts or just using ink in a different way: for instance Alternative Chat is joining in by using ink to create art in words over on Internet of Words. And this, is exactly what I think is great. Someone starting a movement that others can join in with and improve their skills by being encouraged to practicise daily for a month. It doesn’t matter if that skill is drawing with physical ink, digital ink or writing with ink: what matters overall is that people are joining together in an effort to improve their skill in something which they enjoy and being creative.
In the spirit of this I have decided to join in with Inktober but with the disadvantage of not actually being an artist. I’m creative, however drawing without a picture to copy isn’t really something I can do well. So this October, I’ve decided to just dive in and carry out a drawing aka doodle daily to join in with the Inktober prompts.
They might not be good drawings but perhaps if I actually try, then it might help me to be able to create something better in future: which I believe is what Inktober was originally created to help achieve. Also perhaps my noobish attempt of drawing might encourage someone else to try too, because seeing all these amazing drawing on Twitter is pretty intimidating for the amateur: and if you never get the courage to begin, then you will never actually get any better.
My Swift prompt was created using what was to hand – Biro & post it notes – so you can see the standard to expect for the rest of the month *grins*
So here’s to noob art in all it’s glory!
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