While I’ve been quiet on my blog I’ve been posting every day on my Instagram during October for Inktober, a daily drawing challenge. I’ve been following Furry Little Peach‘s prompt list AND, because I am crazy, have been uploading process videos with mini vlogs on my YouTube channel. (I’ve decided to stop though for my sanity… and sleep. Drawing daily is hard enough without trying to film, edit and upload it all too. Maybe will do a wrap up at the end to show the ones I didn’t film.)
I decided to take a limited, multi-media approach to my first Inktober. A few weeks ago I had carved some tiny, random blob shaped stamps to use up some less-than-ideal carving block. So I thought I would base my Inktober drawings around these shapes–my condition was I would incorporate them into the daily prompts. And the format of the entries would be a postage stamp, with the face value representing the day of the month. Here’s a peak at some of my entries thus far:
As you can see, I’ve experimented with a variety of different styles while staying true to my designated supplies of handcarved stamps, colored pencil and ink pens. Through this challenge, I’ve learned (or confirmed, rather) that I’ve got a pretty short artistic attention span. After a week of colored pencils I was itching to try different techniques, and I think it shows across the month.
The lack of coherency across my stamps has actually been a bit of a source of insecurity for me. I’d post whatever I felt compelled to create that day, only to check the hashtag and see so much more amazing, creative and coherent entries by other artists. I know, I know, comparison is the thief of joy, but it feels a little inevitable on social media. I might be satisfied with my little doodle, then I’d see actual, professional artists share their work, and honestly, I’d feel silly and small. All the more so probably because secretly, in my heart of hearts, I’d like to take my art to the next level. I’d like to find my artistic voice and style, create characters, make stationery products… and seeing established artists already doing everything I want to do, and doing it better, felt a bit discouraging at times.
On the other hand, I’ve also met some really cool artists through Instagram and this challenge who have been encouraging, and that’s been really, really nice. My blog friend Sarah over at Secret Art Expedition, has also been a constant companion and cheerleader during in Inktober. Her classic and detailed pen drawings are awesome and inspire me to learn how to actually draw.
On a different note, Furry Little Peach shared a post of her studio space recently, and the natural lighting and big desks are just #goals. In the spirit of recording memories and points and spaces in time, I thought I would share my own workspace.
Tada! my workspace. I’ve dedicated this little table for Inktober activities for the month. Since I’ve been trying to film as well, I set up in my veranda (enclosed porch space) to try to glean as much indirect natual light as I can… which is not much since my veranda directly faces another building 🙂
Not pictured here is me huddled up in a blanket since I have to open the veranda doors to let light in (the outer doors are frosted glass) and it’s October! Now please excuse me, as I’ve got to draw my prompt for today: FLAME. Have a great day 🙂