I managed to draw something every day for this first week of October. Which is already a great success!
You can follow along on my Instagram, but I’ll try to do weekly roundups here on the blog as well. The thing is, I’m also very pregnant, which means we’re having a baby this month!
I might not be able to draw or post anything for a while after she pops out 🙂 So that naturally takes the pressure off the challenge, which is probably a good thing. I’m going to try to draw every day until baby time, though. So far it’s been fun.
Here are my first seven #inktober drawings, some more “inspired” than others 😛
I’ll be posting today’s drawing on my Instagram in a bit – the prompt for October 8th is “teeth” 🙂
I thought I’d manage to do weekly roundups (like I mentioned in the last post), but as you can see… I didn’t.
So what I’m going to do instead is share my 3 own favourite pages from my Inktober 2019 sketchbook. Here we go:
You can check out the rest of my drawings on my Instagram page. And you’re welcome to give me a follow and leave me a comment over there and tell me which one is your favourite!
Some more thoughts about this year’s Inktober
I didn’t manage to draw every day this year, possibly because of the fact that I have a job, and last year I’d just quit my last job when Inktober started. (But still, applying for jobs is one of the hardest jobs I’ve had!! So it was no vacation – but I still had more time for drawing then).
Something unexpected that happened this year, though, was that I’ve been drawing a lot of other drawings not related to Inktober. So I guess the challenge sparked something!
I also really loved looking at all the other creative Inktober posts from artist all over the world, it was just as fun as making my own drawings (almost…) every day.
If you think I did a good job with Inktober after all and want to support me to keep doodling this month, you can:
Today the prompt was “pumpkin pie”. I’ve never actually made or eaten pumpkin pie, since it’s not really a thing in Denmark. But I’ve seen it in cooking shows on YouTube, so I kind of know what it looks like… maybe…?
I went and got brand new drawing materials this morning and it really motivates me to draw every day.
If you want to know exactly what materials I use, let me know in the comments. Maybe I’ll do a review of the new stuff I got when I’ve tried them out this month.
After drawing the pumpkin pie doodles at a cafe, I walked home and saw the sassiest city bird I’ve ever seen. Look at that one leg stretched out behind the other!
So I had to add her to the page of doodles when I got home. And then I also got a newsletter from another illustrator: @viktorijaillustration (Instagram link) with her prompts for Inktober.
So I decided to add some coffee doodles, since her prompt for today is “coffee” and I already had 3 very nice cups 😀
Maybe I’ll continue to follow both lists and add in something I see IRL every day. It would be kind of fun to doodle some different bits and bobs and not have the pressure of producing one perfect drawing.
I know I probably won’t have time to write a whole blog post every day (let alone a really long one, like this one, word vomiiiittt timeee), but my goal is to post something on my Instagram every day of October. So hop on over there and follow me, if you don’t already:
October is my ffaaavoouriteeeeee month of the year, I just love the cold air, the coloured leaves and woolly things – and it’s also my birthday month 😀
Last year was my first time participating in Inktober, and I kind of hit a wall of doodle exhaustion after 2-3 weeks. I had just stopped working at my old job at the time, so I even had a lot of time during the day to draw.
I work part-time now, but have a lot more positive energy, so I’m hoping I’ll have fun all the way through October. We’ll see! I’m not going to knock myself over the head with my notebook if I don’t draw every day.
I hope you have a great month of looking at doodles or going about your autumn business. And if you feel like doodling something just **one** day of October, try it out!
In Denmark there’s something called “thunder coffee” which to me means brewing strong coffee in the middle of the night while you wait for a thunderstorm to pass.
Update after a quick search online:
Supposedly the compound word “tordenkaffe” (thunder coffee) originated because people in rural areas would drink coffee to stay awake during a thunderstorm if a lightning would strike. I wonder if it exists in other languages? It doesn’t seem to be a thing in English, at least not as far as I could (quickly) Google.
I’m not a fan of thunder and lightning, but I’m quite happy that we’re getting into proper autumn weather in Denmark at the moment with lower temperatures and rain.
Wow, this last week of Inktober is turning out to be the most challenging bit! I really want to finish, but I’m having a hard time finding inspiration for something fun to draw these days. Hopefully the next couple of days will be better.
I’m pausing the food theme today because I had to draw a mountainbike for the prompt “muddy”:
I’m always trying to improve my bike drawing skills and I think I’m improving a little tiny bit everytime. My boyfriend loves mountainbikes and mountainbiking and the muddy season that we’re heading into, and I’m fortunate to have him as a ruthless consultant (see my post Bike practice for examples of his useful comments).
This time I managed to draw the layout of the frame before helplessly googling “bike”:
Which is great progress for me!
I kind of forgot the seat post, and I made the tires too fat for the wheels to turn 😕
But whatever, small steps forward (like with my actual mountainbike practice).
I love this time of year! Being outdoors a bit in the fresh air, picking up a couple of chestnuts (the pretty but non-edible kind which there are lots of around here).
And even better than going for a walk – sitting indoors with cake and tea and coffee and cake. And more cake. And doodles! I’m going to participate in Inktober this year for the first time and I’m excited to see if I’ll manage to draw something every day.