If you’ve hung out here long enough, you know that I sometimes call myself an artist. But I don’t always feel like one. That’s because I don’t draw as much as I should. Try as I might, I have never been one of those people who always sketch–their first instinct is to crack open the sketchbook, anytime, anywhere. Since I’ve pretended to be an artist, I’ve hung out with those folks. We’d go to a bar, and they’d fill up several pages, while I never even considered pulling out a pen.
I’ve been chronically bad with drawing regularly. There have been months where I hadn’t done anything. If there wasn’t a goal, I wouldn’t draw. I think that’s one of the reasons why I decided to do Postcard Club, an excuse to draw at least every few months. Maybe I need a challenge to draw regularly?
Over the past year, I’ve gotten a lot better about drawing, but still nowhere near where I think I should. So that’s a big reason why I decided to participate in Inktober this year. Inktober is a worldwide challenge to do a drawing a day for the month of October. There are “daily ideas” you can follow, or you can draw whatever you want. I think I’ll go back and forth.
I’ve had a cute little Rhodia notebook lying around that I decided to use for the Inktober challenge. Rhodia doesn’t make a specific sketchbook, which is a shame. But their paper is still pretty good. It holds the ink well. I just have to be careful in erasing! The size of approx. 3.5″ x 5.5″ is good compact size for the challenge, I don’t have to draw large. And it’s nice that I finally have an excuse to fill this little book!
It’s been fun so far. It’s nice to get into the rhythm of drawing again. I find that the more I draw, the more I want to draw. I just need to keep up that momentum, because once it stops, it’s hard to get it moving again.
Below are the first few days of my Inktober. I probably won’t be posting them all here on WordPress, so if you want to follow me, check out my Instagram or flickr feeds. (And tumblr, if that’s your thing.) Hope you enjoy!