I like taking part in Inktober (drawing something with ink and putting it up every day of the month October). I draw almost every day of the year in any case, but this is an incentive to finish something every day, however small.
However, I keep doing my drawings late at night & posting them on my Instagram, and then not getting round to putting them up here, grah..! Catching up now, starting off with these first sketches of a pair of tree dwellers (their designs changed a little later on).
I’ve been thinking about them for some time, ever since painting this first tree dweller illustration, imagining their homes and figuring out their stories. Using Inktober as a way of getting to know them better has been really fun!
Inktober is also a good way to get myself to be quicker and try to do things a little differently. I’ve been challenging myself to put my pencil aside and do these straight to ink. After quite some digital work it feels so great to be playing with where to ink lines in dip pen, what to let the brush give shape to, and what to leave the ink to do on its own when meeting sudden watery leaves on the paper.