I love to be creative with my camera, and I’ve tried to learn to draw and paint several times over the last few years but I find it hard to keep the practice up. I follow several super talented artists and illustrators on instagram and I was intrigued when I saw my old school pal – turned children’s author & illustrator – Emily MacKenzie posting about Inktober 2016. I read up and discovered that Inktober is a challenge to do one ink drawing a day for the whole of October. Jake Parker created the challenge and provides a prompt list so you have a word everyday to base your drawing on.
I’ve never tried drawing with ink before – pencils tend to make me quite tentative and the idea of un-rub-out-able ink seemed daunting – but I decided to give it a try. I bought a Pental Arts Pocket Brush Pen (less than £6 on amazon) – which is like a fountain pen but with a brush instead of a nib. It took a bit of getting used to, and I found it easier to copy drawings, rather than creating something original, but I stuck at it, did a drawing each day and found it really relaxing. By searching the hashtag on instagram and twitter I’ve also found some other amazing artists to follow and be inspired by – you can find a list of some of my favourites below. But first – some of my inktober highlights!
Emily MacKenzie (@emilymackenziedraws) – Emily and I went to school together and I’ve been thrilled to follow her success as a children’s author – I can’t recommend her books highly enough & her bright and colourful inky sketches have made me smile all month.
Mel Rye (@melrye) – Mel is a friend of a friend and does incredible illustrations (I especially love her black, red and white London series of paper cuts) – her inktober postings also inspired me to join in.
Cat Faulkner – I found Cat on instagram (@catherinedoart) – she’s an illustrator living in London and she brilliantly combined two of my favourite October things: inktober and the Great British Bake Off – with amazing episode summary sketches, as well as pun-filled inktober drawings!
Valerie Hong – I also found Valerie on instagram (@instantmoka). She’s based in Montreal and I love how she has placed inktober drawings in her diary along with stickers and snippets about her life.
And of course Jake Parker (@jakeparker) – the illustrator and cartoonist who founded Inktober and provided such a fun and varied prompt list (from squeeze to transport, lost to rock, wreck to friend).