I mentioned last week that as the days have been getting cooler and darker, I’ve found myself slowing down a bit too. Some days more than others, but in general at this time of year I seem to do less drawing and take fewer photos.
That said, I’m still trying to stay creative most days, and often (but not always) that does involve drawing. Today I wanted to draw but more “The Ordinary and Everyday”
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’.
As I mentioned last week, I’ve not more “Early Inktober”
Tomorrow I’ll draw the last person drawing in my Daler Rowney sketchbook. My plan was to probably choose another theme and draw something else every day during October but like I said last week, I was just waiting to see what felt right.
So when I start my shiny more “Inktober in October”
Last week I noticed that drawing every single day got me thinking ahead to future daily drawing projects that I might want to start when this one is finished.
Since then, I’ve tried to avoid getting carried away with over thinking things and have just been taking things one day, and one drawing, at a time. And I’ve noticed something else happening this week more “How Creative Habits Can Become Second Nature”