This year, I decided to participate in Inktober 2020. For those of you that don’t know, Inktober is a drawing ‘challenge’ that happens every October. There are themes for each day, and people (I hesitate to use the word ‘artists’ as that feels unnecessary exclusionary) are challenged to create one drawing around the theme each day.
The themes for 2020 were: fish / wisp / bulky / radio / blade / rodent / fancy / teeth / throw / hope / disgusting / slippery / dune / armor / outpost / rocket / storm / trap / dizzy / coral / sleep / chef / rip / dig / buddy / hide / music / float / shoes / ominous / crawl.
I’ve been trying to prioritize my art lately, something which is incredibly difficult when you work at an educational institution during active teaching time. Over the last few weeks my days have been stretching into nine, ten, and sometimes eleven hour days (which, frankly, is incredibly unsustainable). Carving out the time to do even a small drawing a day can sometimes be difficult–however, I’m pleased to say I’ve made it the entire month so far (with only two more days to go!).
I think this has been a really effective way of keeping myself accountable for making art without having the burden of coming up with my own ideas. Additionally, connecting my art with hashtags to the greater Inktober conversation is a good way to stay motivated (I mean, the handful of likes also helps…I’m only human, after all).
If posting on social media, you can use hashtags (#Inktober, #inktober2020) to connect your drawings to the larger collection. It’s a great way to discover new artists on instagram (and it’s been nice to find some new people to follow).
Now I’m trying to figure out what I’d like to do for November. NaNoWriMo is in November, so I could write ~1500 words every day and end up with a 50,000 word novel. I’d like to keep up the drawing/art train though, so I might either (a) find a new art challenge or (b) just do the 2019 prompt list, and then follow with the 2018 Inktober prompt list for December, lol.
I started an instagram last month for Enough But Better, so if you want to see all of the Inktober drawings, you can head on over there (the first posts are just me chronicling my colonoscopy food journey, though, lol). I drew an alien for one of the early days and really dug him, so my Inktober turned into Alien Inktober, lol.
Did you do Inktober this year? How are you staying creative in these *coughcough* “trying times”?