October is just around the corner, which can mean only one thing: INKTOBER!!
In only two days, the fun (aka madness) will begin. The idea of coming up with 31 unique drawings in 31 days and then inking them, can be daunting. There is a list of prompts, which can be helpful... or not. These are not all straightforward and can present a challenge -- but that's half the fun!
I have found that it is best to have a plan going in. That can mean as little as studying the list and brainstorming ideas to as much as having all of your drawings ready to go and merely inking them throughout the month. You can choose a theme or not. The options for Inktober are really wide open. The only parameters are to produce one inked drawing per day, post it on social media, and hashtag your post. Pretty simple.
The last couple of years, I have not participated. This year, I feel the need to show support for the creator, Jake Parker. He has always been generous with time and information given to the art/illustration community. This should be the best time of year for him with Inktober and the launch of his new book, but that hasn't worked out as planned. My hope is that participation will be at record numbers and that he feels the love and support of his community.
It would be great if you would join the fun! I have included the prompt list to get you started. :)
Wow -- time sure flies!
As everyone else, I have had A LOT of extra time at home for the past few months. Although I haven't been blogging, that does not mean I haven't been busy. I've been writing, drawing, painting, and still working on becoming more proficient with digital art. I have taken online classes in Photoshop and Illustrator, perspective, composition, and lighting.
So far, I am not what I would call confident with my digital drawing and painting, but I am progressing. I was able to successfully edit some photographs (chewing gum is a BIG no-no in wedding pictures, just so you know) and have learned a few tricks in Photoshop. With the new driver update for my tablet, I feel like I'm definitely heading in the right direction.
For those who believe that digital art is easier than traditional mediums or cheating somehow, I beg to differ. The learning curve is just as great as with other mediums, they are just different applications. To make pixels on a screen look like a painting takes some real skill. There are specialized brushes and techniques that can enhance the artwork, but one still has to know how to use them.
As I see it, there are a few advantages to digital, such as the ability to make changes quickly or correct mistakes without starting over, the ease of sending digital files, saving paper and other materials, and no toxic chemicals. The biggest disadvantage to me is not having an original, frameable piece of art. It can be printed, certainly, but is that as desirable? I don't think one will ever eclipse the other, both are valuable, just different.
As promised, I am posting a few of my practice images -- as rough as they are -- so you will be able to see some improvement as the months pass and progress continues.
Take good care and do something every day that makes you smile!