So this is my first Inktober. I already heard about Inktober before but was not able to take the challenge.
This year, I was able to take the challenge and will assess by the end of the month the benefits I reap from it.
So what is Inktober?
To those who don’t know this, it is a drawing challenge set by Jake Parker (a challenge primarily set for himself) to draw every day for the whole month of October. Thus the term Ink + October.
He set is as a personal challenge so he could improve. And then later on it became popular which now became a yearly challenge to the drawing and art enthusiast.
Every day, a certain theme is followed. This is where you will base your drawing theme.
So for this year (2016) here’s the Inktober 2016 prompt list:
(image credit: http://inktober.com/)
Note that this is not a contest. The main objective here is to draw daily so you could improve.
And here are my artwork. Don’t set your expectation high. I’m just an amateur.
The first three days, I was on travel. So it is already a challenge finding time to draw. I usually find time to draw in the hotel, usually at night time before going to sleep.
Day 1: Fast
I am thinking of what to draw for the “fast” theme. And the picture that came to my mind are fast animals like leopard. But that was too obvious. So I tried to be a little creative and draw a slow animal running fast.
Day 2: Noisy
I’m at the hotel (night time) while thinking of a “noisy” theme.
From where I stay, it becomes easy to envision the theme for today:
night time + silence + annoying silence breaker equals:
I use big marker pens (chisel type) to shade the night sky and a gray brush pen for the shadow. The rest are just technical pens.
Day 3: Collect
So what should I draw to represent collection? It didn’t took long enough for me to think of drawing this.
As you notice, my sphere’s not even a perfect circle. But I don’t care.
Majority of my artworks (even the previous months) doesn’t use circle template or a ruler. So if you saw a line on my art, chances are it is crooked or slightly inclined or is not in a 90 degrees angle.
Day 4: Hungry
By this time, I finish my travel and I’m back at home and to the office.
Took me time to think of what to draw for today’s theme.
And because I have enough time to spare, I added a few flavored text to my drawings:
A body can’t survive without water for an average of 3 days (depending on the environment, i.e. desert or snowy environment). A body can’t survive without food for an average of 2 weeks. (Mahatma Ghandi did it for 3 weeks)
Day 5: Sad
My drawing for today’s theme hits most of the people now a days.
Sometimes people pretend to be happy.
Day 6: Hidden
We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us.
Day 7: Lost
Around day 4, I started posting my works in my Facebook Page as this would count as a daily entry to my page.
And besides, I only got a few followers, so I only annoy a few people 🙂
For this theme, my mind keeps thinking about the Lost TV Series. So my drawing idea here is basically derived from that TV Series.
What would you do if you are lost in an island?
Day 8: Rock
It’s day 8, and I’m late. It was supposed to be yesterday but got my hand full of more important stuff.
So I’ll try to catch up today (9th day). So what should I draw? Rock formation? That would be boring.
But hey, today’s Sunday. Why not connect today’s theme with something bible related.
That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
I took the photo at the back of the church. There was a bible and a vigil candle and I was thinking this is a good background for my drawing.
And by the way, I don’t know how to draw rocks. I actually did practice a few strokes before drawing this.
Day 9: Broken
After the religious theme, I’m going a bit cheesy this time — relationship kind of thing.
Trust is like glass. Once broken, it will never be the same again.
I draw two theme for the 9th day — one for day 8 and the other for day 9. Because I’m catching up.
Day 10: Jump
Thinking of a character that loves jumping is easy: Super Mario!
Do you know that the music title for that popular Mario sound is known as the ‘Ground Theme’?
It is one of the most recognizable pieces of game music ever recorded. People even played it in the orchestra.
Day 11: Transport
What to draw? Trucks? Ship? These are one of those moments that you don’t know what to draw. In fact, day 11 pass and not a single ink on my paper.
I drew this on day 12.
Kinton Cloud (or Flying Nimbus) is a yellow cloud used by Goku as a means of transportation. Only a pure heart can ride it. This is why Master Buten (or Master Roshi) cannot ride because of his lust for women. (And Krillin for reading adult magazines.)
Day 12: Worried
Now my late entries are on domino effect. My day 12 theme is being drawn on the day after.
Running out of ideas, I asked my friend on what scenario that comes to his mind that connects to the word “Worried”.
And I did draw his input.
You almost ran out of gas. The next gas station is still far. Would you speed up? Or slow down?
I purchased a cheap poster ink and a cheap brush for that artwork. I tried experimenting with those tools.
I tried to go away filling up areas using marker pens from day 2 and use ink and brush instead. The lines are still using technical pen.
Day 13: Scared
I’m one day late. I drew this on the 14th. No wonder this is called a challenge. It’s not just about drawing something. But also about finding time.
I’m still using the cheap ink and brush. My whole drawing was actually ruined because of the ink. After inking this, it now becomes difficult to understand that this is a person sitting on the toilet. I remember this was still recognizable before I inked this.
Someone’s in front of you in the dark toilet.
Day 14: Tree
🎵 Ang mga batang ngayon lang isinilang may hangin pa kayang matitikman?
May mga puno pa kaya silang aakyatin may mga ilog pa kayang lalanguyan?
Bakit di natin pagisipan ang nangyayari sa ating kapaligiran.
Hindi na masama ang pag-unlad kung hindi nakakasira ng kalikasan.
Darating ang panahon mga ibong gala ay wala nang madadapuan.
Masdan mo ang mga punong dati ay kay tatag ngayo’y namamatay dahil sa ‘ting kalokohan. 🎵
Day 15: Relax
Was able to catch up now.
Going to the beach relieves stress.
Day 16: Wet
Day 17: Battle
The theme is battle. I have many possible entries for this as I know several characters from computer games and anime that does this. But I pick one specific series — one that gives nostalgia — one that only a 90’s kid can relate.
I have lots of gusto drawing this because I remember the epic battle they had that even our neighbors would stop working just to watch their fight.
I can’t help but think that our human lives are nothing but a cruel joke… just here long enough to know what we want… and then it erodes. – Toguro Ototo, Yuyu Hakusho
Day 18: Escape
Okay, this one’s a suggestion from my girlfriend. I would be in trouble if I won’t draw this. 🙂
Go. Live your dream.
Day 19: Flight
Still on the disney kind of drawing from day 18, I continue it.
Featuring the Mactan Bridge.
Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.
Day 20: Squeeze
Okay, enough with the disney. I’ll go back to the anime.
Also, I think on this day I was able to encourage one of my friend to do Inktober challenge.
The tighter you squeeze, the less you have. -Thomas Merton
Day 21: Big
I should have drawn a humongous creature.
On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your pain? -Baymax
Day 22: Little
Day 23: Slow
I’m late by one day again. I’m thinking of a slow creature but all I can think of is a turtle. And I can’t draw that because I already made that on day 1 (although it is just ok to do it in Inktober, but this is just my self-discipline)
Another option is drawing a snail……………… nah….
Snorlax, a slow Pokemon, gets its name by combining SNORe + relAX.
Day 24: One Dozen
Among the themes for this month, this is the only theme that consist of two words and is citing a very accurate numerical value. Gives me a hard time to think of something else aside from eggs and flowers.
And I still draw the flower anyway.
You hurt me more than what I deserve because I loved you more than what you deserve. -quote from the web
And yet again, I don’t know how to draw a flower. And just like day 8, I did a few practice strokes before doing the actual work.
Day 25: Tired
My officemate saw me drawing this. And he was thinking the reason why I draw a tired person is because I am also tired. That was his thoughts.
Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. – Bill Bradley
Day 26: Box
I am drawing a bit different this time. I tried loose kind of style and just sketch and doodle around freely.
This is a give-a-way artwork. Giving this to anyone who wants it. (It ended up in my officemate’s cube)
“Boxing is just a game. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.” – Manny Pacquiao
Day 27: Creepy
Because halloween is near.
Monsters are real. Ghost are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes they win. – Stephen King
Day 28: Burn
One of my favorite work for the Inktober challenge.
Survival of the fittest. The strong shall live and the weak shall perish. – Shishio Makoto
Day 29: Surprise
It’s the last three days of Inktober challenge. Been busy so far, and my drawings are late. In fact, all three entries: day 29-31 are all drawn on the 31st.
Do you want to play a game? – Jigsaw
Day 30: Wreck
Gotta draw fast. It is my self objective to finish Inktober before November 1 strikes.
Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk – Tony Stark
Day 31: Friend
This completes my Inktober challenge. Finished at 10:21pm of October 31.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. – Josh Billings
Throughout the whole month of drawing, here’s what I learned from Inktober challenge:
- Drawing consistently (i.e. everyday) would eventually form into a habit.
- Sometimes you don’t know what to draw. You just have to dig deep into your creative bank until you pull something from it.
- Finding time to draw is difficult. This usually goes hand-in-hand with the problem on what to draw and when to draw. Pick a certain schedule and stick from it. One example is when you wake up, just grab a pen and start drawing. Keep doing that until it becomes a habit. And eventually it will become part of your system and will become part of your schedule/daily routine.
- Sometimes there are certain things or objects that is difficult to draw. A simple object like a rock or a flower can sometimes be difficult to draw. This allows you to research and try drawing. And by the end of the day, you will have one object added to your drawing-skills archive.
- Catching up. I admit I am late to some of my drawings. But who cares. I just have to catch up.
It was a fun challenge and could build up your skills too. Try Inktober challenge next time!