Inktober 2018 is a wrap! I figured I’d post some highlights and share my process here a little bit. Once again, this was an interesting project - the best part was to just draw for fun again and be able to experiment with different inking techniques. This year I definitely dedicated more time to it than last year, and with good results if I may say so myself.
To clarify - Inktober is a challenge created by Jake Parker, where you’re supposed to create and post an ink drawing each day of October. You can also post an image once a week for example, but I went the full marathon route. There are official prompts for each day, which you can follow if you want to. This year I did so, and found it very rewarding. I posted the images on my Instagram stories each day, and a post on my feed with my personal favourites first of November.
I sort of accidentally developed two new techniques for me this year. The first one is using full coverage white gel ink (from a pen) on black paper, and combining it with more translucent white “indiaink” (bottled) which I then layered to create depth. It’s a somewhat time consuming inking technique, but I personally haven’t seen it done elsewhere. It creates a rather photorealist look, which is always great.
The second technique is more common - dot work. I tried to put my own spin on it, and I think it turned out quite nice. I left big contrasts in the images by having completely black and white areas, and created depth using dots of various sizes and with different spacings. I included examples of both techniques below.
I managed to apply the prompts to a big variety of themes. A lot of horror-related subjects are represented, since it’s spooky season and all, for example the twins from The Shining (the header image of this post). I interpreted some of the prompts more literally, and some relatively loosely or symbolically. The prompts provided are always just one word, which leaves space for different takes on the subject.
I highly recommend Inktober for visual artists of any genre and experience level, for it really allows you to get in to some good drawing habits and discover new themes and techniques. I’ve found that I get a lot of use out of quite a few of the images each year, which is a nice bonus. You can find all of them as a highlight in my Instagram profile (titled Inktober 18), and all of them can be made into prints and posters for example.
Doing this every year also allows you to properly see your own development as an artist, which is extremely fascinating.