Gearing up for inktober

September 27, 2016 | 13 Comments

This year I have decided to take part in Inktober – a month of daily ink drawings. I have known about it for a few years but I’ve decided that this year it was a good fit.

Even though I have plenty of things on my plate, I know that I can fit 7 ink drawings into my week. And rather than it being a chore, I think it will be liberating as I will not feel the pressure to do a watercolour sketch each day.

So, of course it is time to get out my fountain pens and discover a few I haven’t been using lately.

Jake Parker started Inktober in 2009 and it gets bigger every year. Read more about it here.

The official Inktober rules:
1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).
2) Post it online
3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2016
4) Repeat

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.

That’s it! Now go make something beautiful.

A few articles that you might find interesting:

7 part comprehensive guide to sketching with fountain pens

A list of fountain pen ink suitable for ink and wash.

A few thoughts about partaking in a daily challenge. Note: This article refers to a challenge in May, but the struggles will be the same for Inktober.

Pens in photo L to R: Platinum Weasel Brush Pen, Random Hero Pen (gift from a Singapore USKer), Pilot Falcon, my beloved White Joy (Lamy Joy pen with gold nib), Sailor Fude DE Mannen (55 degree nib).


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