Wrapping up Inktober 2017 (Days 22 – 31)

Days 22 – 31 of Inktober this year were a bit of a blur. Around this time in any daily routine cycle, I find that the rhythm of repetition kicks in and kind of creates a period of “coasting” for a time until something provides a little jolt to re-energize my interest and commitment.

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For me this is both a good and bad. For one, it makes me feel tired and less motivated for a time. But it’s also good because I realize that some of the things I once struggled with no longer give me as much guff (I hate guff).

Slideshow of artwork from Days 22 – 31:

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It could just be that the energy I invested in the 2-day spread on October 25 and 26 just burnt me out… it was a LOT of stippling overall.

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In comparison, Oct 27 and 28 were probably my weakest and simplest drawings. I don’t hate them but I certainly like many others a lot more. The drawing I did on my husbands birthday was one of the better pieces, for example. Fortunately, October 29 was also football Sunday so I didn’t feel so guilty stepping into studio for a bit.

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I had bigger plans for the last 2 days, in all honesty. I just wasn’t able to pull it off due to illness and deadlines. Something had to give. I had really wanted to do this image of the mourning dove cocking its head for the last work – it’s as though he’s curiously asking “What’s next?” – a question I don’t really know the answer to.

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The possibilities for the coming months are really wide open. I’m working on creating dyes from kitchen items and local plants and this is pretty relaxing and fun. I also didn’t end up using my eco-prints for Inktober so they’re still sitting on my shelf in a lovey stack waiting for some love. And of course, there are two botanical posters waiting for some love. 🙂 For now though, it’s nice to take a short break and focus fully on my online responsibility for a week so that I can regroup and come back stronger.

I really love Inktober. It’s a great way to take on a personal challenge that you’re a little hesitant about because the community is so supportive that it is easier to stay motivated and on task. I discover so many new artists each year that I would have never found otherwise.

Personally I feel like I learned a lot about the devices I have and the documentation I’d like to create. The repetition made creating the daily videos something that didn’t feel like such a hassle and I’ll be a lot more likely to make the extra effort to create this type of content in the future.

So here it is – the full 31 days of drawings:

 

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