#inktober post-mortem.

Another November starts, another #inktober in the can :)  I think this is the 3rd one I've finished, and the 4th I've tried.  I ended up doing 41 drawings in my project, and I really like about 2/3rds of them, so that's pretty good odds.

Things like #inktober are GREAT for figuring out what you like to do.  If you give yourself a wide-reaching topic and then just observe yourself, you'll probably find out a lot about the kinds of things you are both comfortable and afraid of drawing.

Some things I learned this year:

  • Confirmation, I can draw a "natural" outdoors establishing-shot scene with almost no thought.  Those are definitely my default, 'what do you draw when you have no ideas?' images.  I tried to push them a bit this time into new terrains and varying close and far, but I like them, and it's important to remember that - I don't think I'd really enjoy any personal project that didn't contain at least a couple of these.
  • I'm better at drawing things I'm scared of than I thought.  Mechanical stuff, creatures, indoor scenes - they all get me a bit gun-shy thinking about them, but when I sat down and started drawing, I did alright.
  • Drawings for me really are about the idea, not the finish.  At least at this stage, I don't see myself making a drawn comic book, because I LOVE sketching.  I tried markers to make my work more complete, and it didn't do much for me.  I'd rather get the idea out and then take it to paint if it needs to go somewhere in a finished form.  Thumbnails are my jam!

Here's a gallery of my contributions to #inktober - tap the picture to move to the next one.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed it!  I'd love to hear what you got out of #inktober too!