LOOKING BACK // Inktober 2018
Updated: Jan 19, 2019
Inktober is a daily drawing challenge for the month of October on Instagram. The idea is to do a pen and ink drawing based on the daily prompt. I decided to take on this challenge for the first this year, except with my own twist.
I have been playing with creating digital art and simple animated gifs, and wanted to continue to do so with Inktober. During September I brainstormed what I would draw for most of prompts in hopes of making it easier when it came to those days. Another thing I did to make the challenge more achievable was establish a color scheme to use for the whole challenge. This took out an additional decision that I would have to make each day. Despite all of my planning, I still ran into some struggles.
The first week of Inktober started off really well. I was able to complete my projects as planned and post them on time. After that I started to have trouble finding time to complete the projects. To make the them go a bit faster I decided to stop doing the animations. Even though this helped a ton, there were several prompts that I didn't have ideas for, and this became a major roadblock. I would get to these prompts and would put them off until I had an idea. However, those ideas didn't always come and next thing I knew it was the end of the month. Later, I decided to at least finish the projects I had ideas for. In the end I completed only 20 of the 31 prompts. While I didn't necessarily complete the challenge of drawing everyday, I still consider my version of Inktober a huge success.
One win for me was that the constraints of the challenge prevented me from overthinking things. By the end of the challenge, I was able to complete my projects in about 30-45 minutes. That is a fraction of the time I normally spend on a project, yet I was super happy with all of my work. The next success was the established color scheme that I talked about before. I really enjoyed the working with one color scheme and the results it produced. Read more about my plan to continue to use established color palettes here. The last thing I gained from my Inktober experience was the confidence to show more of my personality on Instagram. It was fun to talk about my love of peanut butter and my dislike of waking up to no milk. My captions tended to be more story oriented. I really loved that and plan on trying to continue to share more on my Instagram.
It would be easy for me to feel defeated by Inktober, but with these wins I actually feel invigorated by it. I'm really proud that took on the challenge to begin with, and I gained a lot from the experience.
What challenges have you taken on that could be seen as a failure but were really a win? I'd love to read about your experiences in the comments below. ♥