With the Get Graphic Festival just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about drawing and telling stories through pictures. A picture may be worth 1000 words, but more often than not I’ll choose to write instead of draw. Stretching that creative muscle can be challenging when you question your ability, but I believe that practice is the only way to improve. I practice reading. I practice writing. And this October I’m taking the Inktober challenge and I’m going to practice drawing!
Inktober is a challenge created by Jake Parker (who will also be at the Get Graphic Festival) in 2009 to help improve his inking skills. Since then, every year artists from all over the world have taken on this 31 day challenge to create an ink drawing every day during the month the October.
A drawing every day?! But I have no idea what to draw!
Never fear! I know, I know, it’s October and fear is the cool thing, but ideas are something you don’t have to worry about because there is a prompt for each of the 31 days. We got this!
Missed the first drawing(s) of the month? Start now!
If a drawing a day seems too overwhelming, then take the slower but still steady path of drawing every other day, or even just every week. The point is you’re practicing drawing, in ink, regularly.
I hope that as you draw that you will feel the power of graphic storytelling and will get even more out of the upcoming Get Graphic Festival on October 13th and 14th. It will be a lot of fun, and inspiring for artists of all skill levels.
Good luck, and happy drawing!