|My day 2 InkTober drawing.|
There's no prize at the end, it's just a personal challenge to get you drawing daily and hopefully improve your own inking skills in the process.
Some people, including creator, Jake Parker, feel that digital inks aren't in the spirit of the challenge (yet the official site has a partner promoting digital ink as an option - go figure) because they believe digital inking is easier in the sense that you can easily erase lines just by hitting the 'Undo' button. There's no commitment to a line once you've drawn it therefore it's not as challenging.
Fair enough but I've been inking traditionally on paper for close to 40 years. There's probably things I could still learn but it would be wasted because I just don't draw with inks professionally anymore. Virtually everything I've drawn in the last two years that looks like ink has been digital. I have no interest in traditional inking... not even for the nostalgia.
|Digital Inking with Vector lines. Those points|
can be adjusted endlessly.
I usually digitally ink by drawing all my lines in really quickly, then I go back an edit every one of them into place. No commitment to any of my lines and it makes inking take longer than it should.
What I would like to do is draw a line once and move on, no editing, just like traditional inking. It'll save me a bunch of time with my art moving forward.
You'll notice I do allow creating a pencil sketch first as this is allowed according to the official site - and I don't know too many professional artists that don't work from a pencil sketch, either inking over it directly or tracing it with a light box.
At the time of this article I had completed my first two days of InkTober. If you would like to follow my progress you can see all my drawings on my Instagram or, if you want to see me actually drawing, visit the playlist on my The Extraordinary Tourist Youtube channel. I've also embeded my Youtube playlist in the player below to save you leaving this page.
My InkTober 2017 playlistClick the menu in the top left to see a list of videos.
Update November 2, 2017
To complete InkTober 2017 I created this one minute video (below) to showcase all 31 InkTober artworks in under a minute. View this if you would just like an overview of all my artworks. If you would like to know about any specific artwork in more detail, find its individual speed draw video in the playlist above, where you can hear commentary about the work as I draw.