3 Inktober Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier

October is nearly here! And with it the infectious energy of Inktober. It is a full month when us artists post new daily art onto our Instagram accounts - or at least, we try to. The goal? Leveling up our art skills.

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For a lot of people it goes something like this… The week before Inktober there is a lot of buzz and excitement around this annual artist’s sport. Then on the first week October, Inktober begins and everyone starts strong, fully inspired and producing beautiful art. By the second week of October, about half of participants stop posting (Don't quote me of that number… All I know is that I am one of them). Why does this happen?

Life gets in the way, you miss a day because you spent it at a friend’s birthday and came home too tired to draw. In my own experience, things go downhill from there. So, in anticipation, this year I have a plan for going into the Inktober challenge. This plan is simple and addresses 3 main areas that contributed to my dropping out of the challenge last year.

Keep it Simple! One of my biggest problems that was that I was trying to draw an entire world everyday.I tired to add detailed backgrounds to each drawing. Not only did I not finish some drawings but I also became very stressed out. This time, I am going to stick to drawing a character or an object a day. I am also considering just using ink (technically I didn't use colour last time but I was painting my drawings, and that takes time).

Plan ahead. I will draw in batches.I know, I know. The whole point of the challenge is to draw daily, but the goal of drawing daily is to improve your skill through repetition. So logically, as long as you have done 30 drawings by the end of the month, you will still improve. The plan is to draw 2 or 3 drawings on days that I have a little more time (like on a Sunday). This way if I lose a day (like an unexpected or pre-planned event), I will still be able to post a drawing a day.

Say it with me, “Finished, not Perfect!” This is a quote from Jake Parker, the creator of Inktober himself. Sometimes I didn’t finish a drawing in time because I kept trying to “fix it”. My plan to tackle this is setting aside the same amount of time for each drawing, say two hours. That’s all I get. Mistakes and all. This will change my focus from perfection to getting the drawing done. Spoiler! The first 7 drawings might not look great. But, I bet the last 7 will look a lot better (Also I will actually make it to the last 7 drawings!)

Looking back the biggest thing is to be clear on the goal, which is to get better at drawing. That is the most important part of doing the Inktober challenge.

Follow me on Instagram to keep up with my Inktober progress!

Dryads. Inktober 2017. Inspired by ‘Characters of the Forest’ list by dropthedrawing

Dryads. Inktober 2017. Inspired by ‘Characters of the Forest’ list by dropthedrawing

The Lost Explorer. Inktober 2017. Inspired by ‘Characters of the Forest’ list by dropthedrawing

The Lost Explorer. Inktober 2017. Inspired by ‘Characters of the Forest’ list by dropthedrawing