2014 was my first year participating in the Inktober event which challenges artists to create and original ink drawing every day through the month of October. My schedule was already very full with work, but I was sad when I missed the event in 2013. In order to make the challenge tenable, I decided to put some limitations on the project. Instead of sitting down to a full-sized blank piece of paper every day, I instead pre-cut 31 4x4in square watercolor papers and sat them on my desk. Every day in October, between conference calls and meetings I would scribble at my desk in pencil trying to rough something in. No composition sketches. No previous thought. After I was happy with the rough, I’d set to inking it.
The goal was to do one drawing a day and have fun. Although some days were easier than others, it was really gratifying doing one small image a day in ink. I learned a great deal after the 31 drawings were complete and had a fantastic time getting more comfortable with some of my brushes. All-in-all, it was a wonderful success for me.