Inktober is all about going back to my creative roots (not tattoos which some people have thought). I've been into design since primary school but the tools of the trade have drastically changed! Where I once used a pen or pencil and a scrap piece of paper, I now use the entire Adobe Creative Suite, an apple pen and massive iPad. The results while much cleaner and colourful still all start out as doodles in my notebook, but nobody ever sees that side of it.
Inktober is all about this process, illustrating in the old fashioned (classic) way we don't see as often thanks to the rise of technology. Every day in October you are challenged to draw something that's it. Simple enough, they give you a set of words to work from (I don't think you have to if you don't want to but I've included them above), these are meant to inspire ideas! You could just draw something everyday that you want to but I think this makes it more of a challenge. Now, I don't get as creative as a lot of people, the amount of work I have on and projects all over the place mean I've kept my designs very small with sketchbook doodles. If you search on Twitter you will find some amazing masterpieces though, seriously I've been blown away with the quality of work.
Capturing a word with a picture is something I pride myself on being able to do. Words are meaningful, but illustrations in my opinion are so much more expressive and vibrant. The best part is that a single word creates different images in everyones minds. I may draw something you wouldn't have even thought of doing! It's so imaginative and inspiring to see how people interpret this creative brief, in their own unique styles. I want to do a whole series once the month is over and redraw the illustrations in my usual style of illustration to create a final set of postcard prints.
For now here's a little sneak peak into some of my inktober pieces so far...
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