A couple of weeks ago I read about something called Inktober from a fabulously talented fellow blogger. She talked about Inktober and gave a link, [Inktober Link – will open in another web page for you] so I went to have a look.
In 2009, Illustrator Jake Parker set out to refine his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. That year, for the month of October, he challenged himself to create a drawing every day using only ink-based products. After watching how his technique evolved, Jake decided to dedicate every October to his passion for ink drawing – and “InkTober” was born. Since then, InkTober has grown into a worldwide movement with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.
Jake says on his blog that anyone can join in the fun. You don’t have to be a fully paid up member of anything, nor wait to be invited. You just pick up your ink pen and draw! You might not call yourself an artist … but once you pick up your pen and draw … YOU ARE AN ARTIST!
The ‘rules’ are:
You don’t have to do it every day. You can do it daily if you wish, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. InkTober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.
So … now it’s my turn!
I roughly pencilled out my drawing first then using my Kuretake Zig Millenium (005 size) in Pure Black (this pen is recommended for drawing and scrapbooking) I drew a Daisy.
But … me being me, I couldn’t leave it there, and I had to add a little colour so … this is what happened:
The pens used in this drawing/picture are all made by Kuretake, and the colouring pens used are called Clean Colour, Real Brush pens.
The colours used are:
- Gray Tint
- Bright Yellow
- Mid Green
- Pale Green
I bought a full set of these pens after seeing them demonstrated. I’m not a colourist by nature, I’m a painter – and because of that I have a real problem making colourists colouring pens behave in the way I want them to. But … I’m finding these Clean Colour pens to be outstanding. There is no need to use those special blending pens which I’ve found you need to use with some other artists colourist pens. These just know exactly what you want them to do and do it – as if by magic. And clean up is moments.
So … now you know what InkTober is about … how do you fancy joining me on a bit of drawing this month? You don’t have to be Picasso, Dali, or Degas. You just have to be able to pick up and pen and draw anything you want to. Boxes, triangles, trains, fish, mouse, sheep, a flower, … anything.
Please …. come and join me in the journey with a pen. Any journey is way better when you have a friend to hold hands with.
NB – Although I’ve sung the praises of Kuretake pens, please know that I receive nothing by way of a gift or monies or payment of any sort or description. I simply tell you what works for me and what I’m impressed with. I don’t work for Kuretake or represent them in any way. (It might be a dream, wish or even on my bucket list. But it’s only on a post it note pinned to the wall of my brain. lol)
Please consider having a ‘go’ at this. It’s all just a bit of fun and you’re not competing with anyone, and there’s no prize. It’s just a few minutes of fun every day, while you’re having a coffee. Do it. Take a photo and simply post it on your blog!
Happy October, by the way! WHITE RABBITS!
Have a blessed rest of your day.