Today is day one of Inktober 2019! This year marks the 10-year anniversary since artist Jake Parker started the challenge. Every year, more and more artists join the challenge of creating 31 ink drawings over the course of the 31 days in October.
I spontaneously took up (and completed!) the challenge in 2017. I didn’t participate in the challenge in 2018 because of other projects, and I missed it! I have a tendency to make things harder than they need to be, so I’ve spent some purposeful time thinking about how to approach this year’s challenge. And actually, writing last week’s post about the successes and failures I’ve encountered with art challenges really helped me crystallize a plan. Here’s what I’ve decided!
I’m tackling a 32-page poetry comic that I have all planned out and partially sketched. Each page will be 8.5” x 5.5” (so 8.5” x 11” spreads) and many will arguably contain multiple drawings. This is a pretty meaty undertaking, which is why I’ve decided that each day’s success won’t be measured by getting a certain quantity of work done (e.g., one drawing or one full page). Instead I’m going to allocate one hour a day to work on this project every morning, no matter what. Whatever I get done in that hour, I will share – good or bad! If I have extra time (especially on weekends), I will spend more time inking, but only if I’m up for it. The measure of success won’t be how many pages or individual drawings I get done, it’ll be the consistency of the time I put in. I’m hoping this distinction keeps me from burning out. Because honestly…I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to ink each one of these pages. I’d LOVE to get all 32 pages done by the end of the month; I just don’t know if that’s even remotely reasonable. And depending on the page, I think the time needed will vary wildly. All that said, that’s why I’m focusing on consistency vs. output!
Here’s how my Inktober 2019 plan fits into the “good vibes” art challenge parameters I outlined last week:
I’m really excited to work on something that is part of a cohesive narrative! Creating poetry comics is something I’ve wanted to try for a while, and haven’t…mostly because I’ve been too scared to do it. More on that in #3… But I have the whole thing written, created thumbnails for each page and made full-size sketches for several pages. I’m ready to jump in, and I believe that I can do it!
Every day, I’ll tackle inking for at least one hour and post that progress. If I have more time, I’ll use it, but I don’t have to. One hour a day = success.
3) UNCOMFORTABLE (in a good way!)
I’m not going to lie. I’m a little nervous to work on a daily art challenge that is part of a cohesive narrative…each piece of art counts. I could, of course, always redraw any page that doesn’t turn out. This is an experiment after all! I need to keep reminding myself of that! And I don’t have to go in order. In fact, today, I started with pages 6-7 because a big inky, spacey sky sounded like an alluring and non-scary place to start. It’s a little blotchy right now, but I have some plans to remedy that.