Inktober Part № 1

I've decided to JUMP into the Inktober Challenge for my second year! A little up-front strategy when starting a monthly challenge goes a long way toward completing the challenge! I've learned a good deal from facilitating the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge for so many years! Yes! Attitude matters - a positive outlook is extremely important at the outset of a long creative challenge. It is important to say to yourself... "I will do this," rather than, "I might  😒 do this..." or "I doubt I can do this." 

If you want to draw, try drawing whatever catches your curiosity. How about the diagonal lines in the construction scaffolding on the building across the street from work. The pattern on your curtains? What about inventing a font? All worthy subjects. I draw every day, yet I'm still amazed to see what a month of even-more-focused-work-than-usual can accomplish. 

Enter the theory behind the Inktober Challenge launched by Jake Parker to "improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits."  This is my second year participating.

5x8" moleskine, ink.

5x8" moleskine, ink.

3x5" moleskine, ink & gouache

3x5" moleskine, ink & gouache

3x5" moleskine, ink & gouache

3x5" moleskine, ink & gouache

Looking back at last year's challenge - in 2014 - I actually started the challenge a week late! My goal was to use ink in some manner {which may or may not be equivalent to one page} every day. And I was super psyched to finish 27 pages! I considered anything with ink as fair play. Markers, pens, inks, dip pens, nibs, high flow acrylics & rapidograph. I did experiments involving ink and various inking tools, various backgrounds, permanent and water-soluble inks, etc.