My Inktober 2018 experience
I can’t believe I am actually writing this blogpost. I finished Inktober!
Something, to be honest, I never realized I could do. I mean, I love drawing and whenever I have a project for a client I draw a lot. Sometimes day after day, night after night. But then the motivation is more external. There is someone who expects me to deliver the work. With Inktober I am the only one who has to motivate myself. Ofcourse I post it on my social media and blog so that means there is some external motivation/pressure. But I think that makes it such a great challenge.
What did I want to get out of this challenge?
The reason I joined inktober for the first time this year is manly because I wanted a side project, or side quest (how Andy J. Pizza calls it) A side project with a tactic and a plan. If you haven’t yet, definitely check out his podcast: the creative peptalk. It’s very inspiring and motivating!
I am working on boosting my instagram page and overall social media presence. Joining inktober seemed to be an ideal way to do this. Having to post content everyday and letting my followers engage with the content I put out there.
Aside from that, I want to show my versatility as an artist. I want to show all the different media I can use, push myself to use media which I am not that familiar with yet (digital and gouache for example) and be able to have a body of work which shows what I can do when it comes to illustrations.
To make it easier for myself and give myself a focus in this project I wanted to choose a subject which would be combined with all the prompt words of inktober. Because one of my dream clients at the moment would be a coffee place, I figured I could combine all the prompts with coffee.
So by doing this, I was able to use hashtags which would be interesting for coffee lovers or coffee places. So the right people would find me on Instagram.
And last but not least, it’s a way of creating new things! Practicing your craft. Because that’s something I often forget. I tend to think I can draw, so I don’t have to practice. Which is the biggest mistake I tend to make.
I am really happy that I managed to finish it and I am thinking of making a zine out of the illustrations!