It is officially day 15 of inktober, which means we are nearly halfway there. So far there has been pumpkins, spiders, pirates, fairies, ink disasters and so much more! I am pretty impressed that I haven’t missed a day (yet) and I am still really enjoying creating lots of cool ink drawings and seeing what everyone else creates.
Going into inktober, black and white illustrations were my main focus. As I have previously mentioned before, I get sidetracked by colour all of the time and completely forget that limited colour palettes and monochrome work exists. Despite abandoning this type of work normally, when I get into a one tone illustration, I actually really enjoy it and wonder why I don’t do them more often.
However, because it is obviously Hannah, a bit of colour has to come in somewhere. So as well as going for a Halloween theme, as a perfect excuse to use colour, I have also expanded my boundaries to all things autumn, because this time of the year often looks so pretty. My first coloured inktober was this autumn fairy and I was super happy with her colour palette. (Now, I think I have said the word colour too many times, so let’s move on…)
One of the hardest things about this art challenge is time. During the week days, like any other teenager I have to go to school and do homework, but I always still have plenty of time to draw. So if I have loads of time to draw, what’s the issue? The problem is that in October, it’s starting to get dark earlier and earlier and as I like to take photos of my artwork in natural daylight, I have to try and get them finished when the sun is still shining. Therefore, I usually do the pencil sketch the previous evening, ink it in the morning and colour/shade it before I go to school and sometimes as soon as I get home too. It also doesn’t help that loads of artists are doing inktober too, which means I can’t help but sometimes get distracted and spend hours looking at everyone’s amazing work!
Probably the point that nearly finished my bond with inktober was when I had my first ever giant ink disaster. Yes, you are probably thinking “it doesn’t matter,” but in my little world it was fatal (well certainly for the picture). It was going really well and I was pretty pleased with how the panda had actually turned out and the ink outlines, which I find the hardest to do in an illustration, but then I had to go and tip my ink bottle over my work didn’t I! So I had to start it all over again and as you can imagine, it wasn’t very helpful. However, at least it has taught me to be a bit more careful around deadly bottles of ink for now.
The extremely small pumpkin house was for inktober day 14, so yesterday. For your knowledge, it is smaller than 3 x 3 cm, which you wouldn’t be able to know if the pen wasn’t their for the size comparison in the photo. Later on today, across my social media pages, I will be posting today’s inktober which combines autumn, dogs and cats, so keep a look out for that if you are excited about those three things! I hope you are all enjoying inktober so far, whether you’re participating as well or just enjoying looking at all of the inky drawings.