Inktober 2019 has come and gone. While I missed one day, I feel like my Inktober was a huge success. I filled the same number of pages in my sketchbook last month as I did the entire ten months previously! I also learned five lessons about my drawing process. But most of all, I am eager to keep drawing daily.
To track my progress, I put a sticker on my calendar every day I drew. While I only skipped one day, there were two days where I didn’t draw for ten minutes and allowed myself to count a doodle made in a minute or two as drawing for the day. On the other hand, some days I drew for a lot more than ten minutes because I was doing exercises for an online class.
What did I learn from Inktober 2019?
Keep the bar low. Counting doodles and blind contour drawings towards my Inktober goals made it possible for me to draw on days when I was exhausted, busy, or both.
Drawing daily gives you the practice you need to improve. I often felt as if I cheated on the days that I “just” doodled or made a contour drawing, but it was clear to me as the month went on that these days helped me keep my hand in, so that my drawing improved.
Drawing while watching TV is better than nothing. While I don’t often do my best drawing in front of the TV because I am not paying as much attention, it is much better to draw something, even if it’s doodles, than nothing at all.
Schedule drawing early in the day when possible. Waiting until the end of the day to draw is a bad idea. I don’t enjoy myself as much if I’m tired or feel rushed because I need to get to bed.
The most important lesson of the month has already been mentioned, but I’ll say it again: drawing something — anything! — is better than not drawing at all. You can’t get better if you don’t practice.
Even though it’s November, I’m still drawing daily, and I hope to keep going. Some days I will doodle, some days I will do exercises. Other days I will attempt more detailed and “correct” drawings. I am particularly interested in getting outside and drawing the natural world.
But the most important think I can do to improve my drawing is to draw. Any kind of drawing done daily is a big help.
How was your Inktober? Did you learn anything surprising? Are you eager to keep drawing?