31 day drawing challenge - October 2019

I’ve always drawn, ever since I was little, but more often than not I sketch ideas or designs which then get drawn up on a computer, or made in to something else. When I do draw it’s usually in pencil - a tonal drawing with soft shading.

For the last couple of years I’ve been following Jake Parker and Inktober, so this year I took part. I’d like to be able to simplify my drawings in to something more graphical, with a style, and in black and white. I remember reading once that it was good to draw in pen - you have to believe in the mark that you’re making and not rely on the fact that you can always rub out what you consider to be mistakes.

I have drawn every day of Inktober - sometimes a few simple shapes, sometimes something more finished. I felt less pressured when I decided not to post every day, but after a week it suddenly hit me that I’d just fallen back into doing what I know - designing.

It’s still been a valuable exercise. Without Inktober I wouldn’t have drawn as much this month and I have a better idea of what I’d like to draw and the styles I like. I have watched ‘How to Ink’ 1 & 2 from Jake Parker on SVS Learn and the new cross hatching class from Bryan the Girl and would recommend you take a look if you’re interested in drawing with pen and ink.

I would like to draw more, and I may be back for Inktober 2020!

Update - January 2020 - I’ve been surprised just how much I’ve missed drawing! And have noticed, since October, that I have much better pen control now.


Information : :

SVS Learn (Society of Visual Storytelling) - There’s often a free trial so you can take a look at the available classes before signing up.

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