I had SO MUCH fun participating in Inktober this year. For anyone unfamiliar, Inktober is "a month long art challenge created by artist Jake Parker that is focused on improving skill and developing positive drawing habits. Every day for the month of October anyone participating in the Inktober challenge creates an ink drawing and posts it online."
This is my second year participating, and I loved it even more than last year. I didn't complete a drawing each day, but I did play in my sketchbook every day.
All of my work has been digital and watercolor lately. I'd forgotten how fun it is to draw with Micron pens and how much I love the faint scratch of a pen transforming a blank page.
I worked on all my pages early in the morning and late at night, book ending each day with art that was just for me. That's one thing I really love about working in my sketchbook. When I'm there, I'm never worried about what a client will like, or what will sell. I'm just doing what makes me happy.
As Halloween drew closer, I got an urge to draw something more seasonal. I've never drawn a skull before, so I found an online tutorial, and step by step, I drew my grinning, only-a-little-bit-scary skull, then decorated him with flowers, which are my favorite thing to draw with ink. I love drawing flowers because there are so many ways to draw them, and so much fun to be had with the line work and details.
I really love how he came out, especially the flower between his teeth and the vine that creeps through his empty eye sockets.
I started my last Inktober pages just a few days before Halloween. I was racing the calendar. Turns out it takes a long time to draw so many little skulls and bones. If you click on the closeup pictures, you'll see that I drew a cowboy skull, a stoner skull, a skull in a top hat, and one in a bowler hat, and quite a few skulls with beanies.
Among my many Inktober takeaways is this: skulls in beanies are super fun to draw.