Well, here we are. Inktober is nearly over, and I think I am on track to finish. This year, participating in Inktober feels a little different. Last year, I had been drawing rather intermittently, so completing Inktober helped me to establish a regular drawing routine. For the most part, I’ve been able to maintain that routine.
Nowadays, it doesn’t necessarily feel novel to complete a sketch each day. At times this has made Inktober feel like less of a challenge and more of a chore. However, I’m still happy to participate and there are still benefits to gain. My sketches are a little more detailed than last year, in part because I put more time into planning. I also ignored the official prompt list and focused on my original characters or whatever else I wanted to draw. Only drawing what I love certainly helps maintain my motivation.
In terms of supplies, I’ve worked mostly out of a small Moleskine sketchbook along with Pigma FB-BB pens, a Kuretake pen, and my trusted 005 Micron. I did finish a few entries in Procreate, but the majority of my sketches have been on paper. There is something really rewarding about flipping through a sketchbook of tangible work at the end of the month. I also feel inspired to start working on some larger ink pieces soon.
Are you participating in Inktober this year? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments!