One of the things I’ve been meaning to do is to work on improving my drawing skills, so I was happy to learn about Inktober, a ink-drawing challenge for the month of October. The idea is to do one ink drawing per day. Part of why I shy away from drawing is that I am not very good at drawing realistic-looking things from my imagination, and I never quite can think of *what* to draw. So I’ve decided to use photos from National Geographic magazines as my starting point.
10/14/15- I drew a box mite from a NatGeo photo on 10/13, and a vet tech friend requested sarcoptic mange. And then she requested ear mites, and another friend requested eyebrow mites, and I’ve also realized that for whatever reason I actually enjoy drawing parasites. So I might spent the rest of Inktober on parasites. We’ll see…
10/17/15- Decided I was tired of mites. Short attention span!
11/1/15- Well, Inktober is over. I managed to complete 18 drawings, which is slightly better than 50%. Not awful but not great. I started out strong and then got a bit bored. Then I started drawing parasites, which was fun, but then I got tired of that too. I realized that my cardinal rule with art is to always have fun. Which is why I don’t often do representational drawing, because I don’t find it fun. However, it was good to challenge myself, and I did achieve my purpose of remembering that I actually am capable of drawing. My next challenge is to figure out how to make drawing more fun and enjoyable.
I don’t even know what the hell this is. It is a doodle that emerged during the course of a conference call.
A random doodle. Not really challenging myself here!
Missed another couple of days, which I realized is because I broke my cardinal rule of art making which is always have fun. Honestly, I’ve gotten bored with copying things from photos, so I wasn’t motivated to do drawings aside from a sense of guilt at failing to do one every day. So today I decided to just draw and see what came out. And what came out was this melancholy lady in an elaborate hat. I just finished reading “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen, which I’m sure had some sort of influence here. My austenite description of my mysterious lady is “though rather melancholy of countenance, her hair curled prettily and her hat was second to none, thus she by no means evaded general approbation at the ball and perhaps even gained a suitor or two that evening.”
From a NatGeo photo, water buffalo.
From a NatGeo photo, a German worker cleaning an old nuclear power plant.
Doodle. I was at a show all day and forgot to bring some source material to draw from!
Ear mites (otodectes cynotis)
Box mite. Stabilo pen.
Pheasant chick. Fountain pen.
I like the shirt and the arms but not the face or the hands. Oh well. No Ctrl-Z with ink drawing!
A Portuguese man in a Carnival costume. I really struggled with this drawing because the photo it is based on was so amazing and I wanted to do it justice.
An Incan statue.
Inktober 5. Ural Owl, based on a National Geographic photo. Fountain pen.
Inktober 4. An inkblot zombie. First I made the random blots, then tried to figure out what to draw.
Inktober 3. A tortoise drawn with a nib pen, based on a National Geographic photo.
A plastic model of a swordfish head. The photo also had a little old Italian lady standing next to it- the head is nearly as big as she is. This is a great example of how I have a hard time with making sure everything fits on the page! I had to add an extra piece of paper for the fin.
Based on a photo of a Bangladeshi man standing in a boat floating in flood waters. Fountain pen and brush marker (and a little bit of whiteout which may be cheating!)