This year I joined in with the Inktober challenge again, which involves making an ink drawing every day (or as often as possible) during October and sharing each one on Instagram.
In the past I’ve stuck to black ink and last year I just used a fineliner for the whole month. This time I decided to add some colour so I used liquid inks – mostly India ink and occasionally acrylic ink.
I used a pen once or twice for lettering and black areas but otherwise I used inks and brushes. Here are my 31 drawings from the month. You may recognise a few of these as the new postcards which you can now buy in my Etsy shop.
A few more are (or are going to be) available as prints too.
Today I wanted to let you know that there’s a new postcard set for sale in my Etsy shop. These are the first postcards I’ve made and feature 3 of the illustrations I’ve made so far during Inktober. One each of a Bumble bee, moth and butterfly.
The postcards come as a set of 3 and are printed on very thick white card with a slight sheen on the surface, without being glossy.
Shipping for most items in my shop is now free within the UK and international shipping has been reduced.
I’ll also have some giclee prints of the same designs available soon, and some some new greeting cards too, so keep your eye out for those. In the meantime, order your postcard sets from my shop.
I took part in Inktober again this October, which involves making an ink drawing every day for the whole month. Last year I drew whatever took my fancy each day but this year I decided to challenge myself a bit more by using the prompts that were published on Instagram.
Some days were more difficult than others, and some drawings didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked but that’s not really the point. Here are my 31 drawings from Inktober 2016 (each one is clickable if you want to see the full size image).
So, as you know, all through October I took part in the Inktober drawing challenge. The idea is to draw in ink as often as you can throughout the month, although most people seem to aim for daily drawings and that’s what I went for too.
Unlike the daily drawings that I set for myself in other months, I decided to not have a theme and a lot of the time that did make things more difficult because it creates a good atmosphere for procrastination while you decide what to draw.
I spent one week of October in Toledo in Spain and that gave me lots of new inspiration for drawings, especially since we stayed in a house that had a lovely view across some of the city’s rooftops. So for a while Inktober became my motivation to keep a travel journal.
Some days I knew exactly what I wanted to draw and other days it was more of a struggle. Some drawings I was pleased with and others I wished I’d not done, or had taken more time over. Some were from ‘real life’ and others from photos and some feel more finished or ‘polished’ than others but that’s just how these things go.
You can see each of the individual drawings on my Instagram feed (and also on Twitter), where I shared them each day, and if you click on the collages in this post you can see a higher res version of each of them on Flickr (although the layout of the collages means that some of the drawings have been cropped slightly).
Did you take part in Inktober? If you did, please let me know in the comments below where I can find your drawings because I enjoy seeing all the different styles from that month.
P.S. Because I’m a day out of sync with my posts this week, my links post will be going up on Saturday instead of Friday.
So far I’ve drawn a picture each day for Inktober. Whether that will last, I don’t know but this is what I’ve got so far. 6 drawings, all done directly in ink, all black and white, some drawn from photos, others from ‘real life’.