Every October my social media feeds are taken over by #Inktober. Inktober is a drawing challenge first started by Jake Parker. The rules are simple; you create one ink drawing a day for the whole of October.
Coming from a digital background, I use my tablet every day and very rarely do any physical drawing. So I never thought of taking part in Inktober, simply because of my modest drawing skills. However, this year I noticed a few motion designers were joining in too so I decided to give it a go myself.
The biggest challenge for me was finding the time to draw every day. But once I managed to sit down and do it, I absolutely loved it. I immediately remembered how relaxing drawing is to me and how refreshing it can be to use your hands every now and then.
In the end I only managed to do 22 drawings over the whole month – but I’m very glad I did it. I have noticed my drawing skills improve. Most importantly, I have increased my ability to visualise ideas from my head, which is extremely beneficial for my day to day work as a motion designer and illustrator. So, from now on I will do my best to pick up a pen or pencil every so often and I’m already looking forward to Inktober2017.