Today marks the last day of October and the drawing challenge Inktober! Over the past month artists all over the world have been taking part in the drawing challenges for 31 days.
Since my graduation I have had a love hate relationship with my artist practice and found myself in quite a rut. But after talking with a couple of friends we decided to charge ourselves with the task of creating the 31 drawings. In this time I found small themes and the beginning of projects in the smallest of sketches, or reminders of artists and literary characters I used to draw regularly.
Here are 12 little discoveries that came about while I was drawing.
1. I loved working in limited pallets. It helped me focus on composition and and line work to become the main stage in telling the story.
2. Lines are both the best and the worst. Love the designs they can create but sitting for three hours line after line gets a little crazy.
3. When I was at a loss for what to draw, about 85% of the time it was gonna end up being a naked dude.
4. About 20 days in I started to feel a burn out in creativity.
5. But as long as I pushed myself, the creative blocks seemed to fade away fairly fast.
6. I forgot how much I missed drawing.
7. I forgot how much I love José Guadalupe Posada's and Vincent Van Gogh's work.
8. I would draw at various times of the day but my best work was created between 10 am and 3pm and when I found something new (either an old artist, new movie, new reading, etc.) to inspire me.
9. Setting aside time to create not only helped my artist practice, but would put me in a better mood for the rest of the day.
10. Towards the end I found myself wanting to branch into a new realms of color and style.
11. It is really nice to have a group of friends to share and critique your works.
12. Drawing everyday inspired themes I want to later explore in my print work.