Inktober Day 1 – Fish and Day 2 – Wisp

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Hello everyone!

It’s October, and for me, that means it’s another round of tackling Inktober.

Inktober is an annual challenge where you are supposed to draw art in ink. There are no specific rules – you can draw anything. You can use whatever form of ink media – pens, brushes and ink, even markers, but it got to be ink.

Inktober rules:
1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it*

3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2020

4) Repeat

For most artists, ink can be a fearful media. It is permanent, and you can, and most often you will, mess it up. That is why a lot of artists are content with pencils. You can always erase your mistakes.

However, there is a certain appeal that ink as a media has. For me, it is the general aesthetics of the appearance of an inked art.

Like any media, it entails studying on how to use it. Ink art has its own style. You cannot go tackling an ink drawing with the styles you use with pencils.

For this year, I am going with the official prompts. It can be tough in the brains thinking of what to draw, so having a prompt list at least narrows things down.

Inktober 2020 Official Prompt List

So, here’s my two day’s worth of entries for this year – because I was very busy yesterday, and I had to play catch-up immediately at the start. This year doesn’t seem to be promising for me, eh? Hahahaha…

Inktober 2020 Day 1 – Fish

It’s a shark!

Drawing animals was never my forte. I am taking this challenge as a way to force myself to learn something new. It doesn’t look much. I’m very rusty.

Frankly, I haven’t drawn anything during the year, even doodled, so, yeah… very rusty. Not only am I starting off with a subject I’m not good at, but I am very rusty…

No sense in hesitating, yeah? So please forgive the pathetic excuse for a fish drawing… hahaha…

Inktober 2020 Day 2 – Wisp

The surgeon general warns that smoking can be dangerous to your health.

More terrible ink drawings! I’m still rusty, but at least my first drawing oiled up my joints a bit.

The next prompt was wisp – so I wanted to tackle on a drawing with smoke. I have a lot of images in my head… In a smokey room, the smell of wine and cheap perfume… *ehem*

So, either I go with a ghost or smoke. I chose smoke.

Incidentally, I finished watching Black Lagoon, and the characters were heavy smokers. So, either I draw the main female character Revy, with a smoke on her mouth, and two guns smoking, or this salary man, smoking a cigarette.

I wimped out and chose the easier subject. I was also not very happy with how I rendered the smoke. As I said before, when you make a mistake in ink, it’s going to be hard fixing it. So, instead of tossing this and starting a new one, I accepted my faults, finished it up, and closed the door on two days worth of Inktober entries.

I hope my words in this post made up for the poor inks I had accomplished. Hahaha…

It just goes to show that you have to keep practicing a skill if you want to get better at it. If Inktober is going to be the kick in the rear that will keep me from forgetting my drawing skills, and also keep me motivated to have fun with art, then so be it. I’ll accept the challenge, draw in ink, and post to the world that my ink drawings does not rank up with the masters of the craft.

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