< Inktober 2014

Joining the Inktober challenge for 2014

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As September was ending and October starting, I decided I wanted to participate in Jake Parker's Inktober Challenge. In the past, I've unsuccessfully attempted to participate in NaNoWriMo but writing 50,000 words in a month has been an overwhelming challenge. Drawing 31 pictures in 31 days felt like a much more achievable goal.

It's been a while since I've personally drawn anything on a regular basis other than a screen design, so it got off to a rocky start. On the second or third day, I decided to give my inkbrush pen a shot instead of my go-to collection of drawing pens. It was great! The challenge of creating a consistent line with enough detail and character without destroying my pencil sketch proved just enough challenge for me that I found myself looking forward to each day's drawing session. (We won't mention of how much of a JetPens junkie I've become this year.)

My daily drawing sessions usually happened at night after the kids were in bed and I was winding down from the day. Sometimes I'd have something in mind, or I'd use the Sketch Dailies prompt. Often, it was staring at a blank page and coming up with something. Inevitably, there were a few days missed for family reasons, but fortunately I was able to catch up each time.

Below is a Flickr slideshow. You can also view and share them from my Inktober 2014 Pinterest board or from my Instagram account.

Overall, participating in Inktober 2014 proved to be a really fun experience and I'm looking forward to next year's challenge. Thanks again to all my new friends and followers for their kind comments and most of all to Jake Parker for starting such a fun event.

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