A while back I was working on a landscape painting. It was mostly a practice painting. Lots of greens, trees, hillsides, with a path wandering through it. I spent a few hours on it. Getting my hands to do what I wanted them to do… and I called it done. I was finished with it. Could some areas be improved on? Sure. However my expectations for it were low since I never intended it to be a masterpiece(in terms of my skill level), just some skill work. I signed it, showed it to my lovely wife, set it on the counter on the kitchen to finish drying, and moved on with my evening.
A while later my daughter walked by, picked it up, looked at it for a moment and said “It’s nice but it doesn’t look finished…”. Ah teenagers, telling it like it is.
We are almost a third of the way through September and that means it’s time to prepare for Inktober.
If you are not familiar with Inktober it is a drawing challenge created by Jake Parker where he provides a list of drawing prompts and you create one new inkwork every day for 31 days. This has been expanded on to include digital art, pencil drawings, and paintings as well by some people taking part. As you can imagine this can be quite the challenge. I have yet to complete the challenge despite my best efforts.
This year for sure! Most artists set some sort of goal and mine is to include animals and people in each piece since truthfully they are something I avoid. In preparation for it I’ve started working on drawing animals. recognizing the skeletal structure, where the muscles attach and how they flex with movement. It will be a challenge for sure.
If you are doing Inktober what are your goals or challenges?