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Inktober

Inktober  is an annual art challenge which I try to take part in, posting my results over on Facebook. The idea is to try and produce an ink drawing each day (or as often as you're comfortable with) throughout October.

Here you can find each year's full collection, so you don't have to go rummaging through the facebook feed to find them all!

 

I like to treat it as a fairly casual daily drawing exercise - it's a good time to try drawing different things, or simply experiment with line weight and hatching techniques. This does mean my Inktober work tends to be a bit rougher than what you'll find on my other gallery pages though!

2017

For 2017's Inktober I decided to use my own theme rather than the official prompt list, and aimed to create an 'alphabestiary'.
I had been sticking with fish and dragons throughout the year, so I wanted to challenge myself with some different creatures!

I found the repeating border format helped me to set pen to paper each day, and I had help from my Facebook followers when it came to choosing a subject for some of the letters.

Filling A through Z also meant I had only set myself 26 drawings rather than a full 31, so I had a little breathing room to use if I was struggling for time or brain power. Even so, I still ended up finishing the last few letters after October!

I really enjoyed drawing these, and I hope you enjoy them too.