Hi friends! Today is October first and if you are active in art groups on the internet you are probably hearing about Inktober. Inktober is a month long drawing challenge created by Jake Parker to encourage people to draw more. It’s a great way to level up your skills because small things done daily can really add up. There are also downsides to these challenges and in today’s video I will give you my advise before starting this or any other art challenge so you can be set up for success!
- Pick a theme or use challenge prompts! It takes away one obstacle, the “what should I draw?” problem:)
- Be realistic. If you have an hour to draw each day great but if you only have 15 minutes use that! Keep in mind that certain techniques take time and you can’t do as much in 15 minutes as you can in an hour but those 15 minutes a day sessions add up and 15 (or even 5 minutes) is a whole lot better than nothing!
- You don’t have to share anything you don’t want to. The Inktober community is awesome and it is fun to see what others make and get feedback on your work too but it is optional. I know all to well that one negative comment can outweigh 10 positive ones so take feedback with a grain of salt if you decide to share and don’t let any bad comments keep you from drawing. If you feel shy you don’t need to share. Learning art can be like building a house of cards and learning in the public eye can be like building a house of cards in a hurricane. Share if it motivates you but don’t feel obligated to.
- It’s OK to fail, we all do! Every artist you admire makes some really crappy drawings now and again. If you made an ugly drawing you are part of this club:)
- Be kind to yourself. Nobody is perfect. We are not robots and life can throw us curve-balls. You might miss a day (or a few) but get right back on that horse and start again. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good:)
- Enjoy the results! At the end of the month, you will get to look back at the sketches and progress you made. If you only had a chance to do daily 10 minute sketches you will find your speed has improved vastly over the month. If you chose a single subject to draw all month you will notice your knowledge of the subject has increased. It’s all good!
YOU GOT THIS!