5 Reasons Why You Should Inktober

We are one week into the inking challenge known as Inktober. It was initiated in 2009 by Illustrator and cartoonist Jake Parker so that he can improve his inking skills.

I am participating in this boot camp this year, and I have been sharing my traditional and digital submissions on the social media. It's an opportunity to finish a personal illustration project every day, no excuses.

You may ask: "How does Inktober help me improve as an illustrator?"

My traditional inking tools for the month

In my opinion, hanging in there for the whole month helps you improve 5 drawing skills:

Simplification

Since there's a deadline to meet, You start thinking more about structure and less about the unimportant details. It has an element of time management to it. What are my priorities for this drawing? and that is what you focus all your resources on doing.

In a sense, you are improving your skill to see and draw ONLY what matters to your visual story.

Inktober 2017 Day 2 - Divided

Inktober 2017 Day 2 - Divided

Intent

When we work with pencil, there's room to work lightly then go over the line several times until we're happy with the result, not with ink!

Once you draw that line IT IS THERE FOREVER!

With time, you learn to have more intent in your art because even though you may have access to white out and correction tape to cover up your inking mistakes, you can't rely on those for every line.

So, you develop a skill to:

  1. imagine your path on the paper

  2. train your hand to follow that path with fewer strokes.

Inktober 2017 Day 5 - Long ( hair and beard )

Inktober 2017 Day 5 - Long (hair & beard)