• Kaitlyn Zumbach


Updated: Jan 19, 2019

This past October I decided to take on Inktober for the first time. For those of you that don't know, Inktober is a drawing challenge with daily prompts for the month. It is a big challenge to draw daily for over 30 days, so I tried to do as much as possible to increase my chances of success. Read more on my Inktober experience here.

One of the things I did was establish a color scheme for the challenge. This way one of the creative decisions was done for me. I created a fairly broad palette of 12 colors, and I allowed myself to play with variations on these colors (such as different blending modes). So, while this one less thing for me to think about, it still allowed for some creative freedom.

Establishing this color scheme for the month of October was one of my favorite things that came out of my Inktober challenge. It made my Instagram feed feel cohesive without being overly curated. Also, it was fun to use these colors in unexpected ways, like a green whale. I would have never done that if I had a gray to use.

Now that Inktober is over, I really want to continue using an established palette for my work. However, the idea of using one set of colors for forever seems extremely boring and creating a new one every month is a bit overwhelming. So, taking inspiration from Peter McKinnon's grid challenge about transitioning into seasons, I'm going to create color schemes seasonally.

I can't tell you how excited I am about this! I love to play with color and I think it will be fun to way challenge myself. The plan right now is to continue to use my Inktober palette through November for fall and then transition to a winter color scheme in December. I already have this figured out and am excited to share it with you!

If you would like to use this color scheme in your work, you can download it here (.ase and Procreate swatches). ♥