Inktober 2019: Week One

The first week of Inktober 2019 is over already, and I’m happy to say my ideas on how to approach this daily drawing challenge are working well.

Sketchbook on table with a model dinosaur wearing bunny ears. Drawings by Kit Dunsmore.
Inktober 2019 gets underway: drawing by Kit Dunsmore.

The ten minute time limit is just right. It’s long enough to let me get something done, but short enough that I don’t feel like it’s impossible to find the time. Some days, I drew for more than ten minutes, but never for less. I particularly appreciated it when I was feeling really tired, because it meant I was done when my ten minutes were up.

My pre-determined subjects made it easy to get started, and I’ve drawn all of them: my T. rex dinosaur model, my dog, and one of my shoes, as well as other things, like musicians at a concert. I’ve even taken advantage of my “loophole” that says anything goes and done both doodles and blind contour drawings.

Grid of doodles made with ball point pen by Kit Dunsmore
Doodle page by Kit Dunsmore

But I think the most helpful idea of all has been scheduling my drawing. I haven’t set an exact time, but instead decided “I will draw after lunch” or “I’ll draw during intermission at the concert.” As I had hoped, it’s kept me from having to drawing just before going to bed, which I did too often last year. Waiting until the last minute meant drawing while I was tired, and rushing, because I was eager to turn out the light.

Drawing of a Mary Jane made with a ball point pen by Kit Dunsmore
Mary Jane, drawn by Kit Dunsmore

While I don’t like all the drawings I’ve done this week, I do like a few of them, or parts of them. I learned something from each one, with the biggest lesson being that I need to keep practicing. Fortunately, Inktober is far from over.

How is your Inktober going?

4 thoughts on “Inktober 2019: Week One

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  1. Wow, I’m so impressed Kit! I’m glad you’ve found a system that helps you enjoy the process. You’ve turned out some beautiful work so far – I look forward to seeing the rest of the month’s drawings. Blessings to you!

    1. Thanks, Terri! I was just thinking that I’m not making amazing art or anything, but at least I’m finding time to draw. It’s something I enjoy and want to do more of, so I’m hoping this will help me to develop a drawing habit.

    1. Thanks! It’s really fun, especially if you set a like bar for yourself. I am figuring out what I need to work on…

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