Inktober has fallen upon us once again. The yearly (since Jake Parker’s creation in ‘09) event is participated in by multitudes of artists on social media. I was on the fence about participating this year, after doing it in years past; I just didn’t think I would have time. Then I thought about the point of Inktober.
To create something, to learn, and have fun. It’s pretty simple.
That being said, I have seen a lot of traditional illustrators having meltdowns over people using “digital ink” for their Inktober pieces. Part of me agrees with the sentiment of an analog, so to speak, concentration on ink illustrations and what not. However, I was again reminded that this is supposed to be fun. I just don’t see the foul in using a tablet, or what have you. That isn’t something I thought I would be saying a decade ago, but, having been able to illustrate, and digitally ink, has opened up a bounty of creativity and discovery for many, many illustrators. Some of which were originally staunch feet-draggers with concerns to digital art, now thrive in it’s depths. Myself included.
As artists aren’t we supposed to try and push ourselves, push boundaries? Aren’t we supposed to encourage others to stretch their artistic and illustrative legs? I think it’s a foundational responsibility as an artist, to be honest. It’s what has kept people chasing images since forever.
So, with that, and with the decision to participate, I decided to mix it up and do both ink to paper, and stylus to tablet for Inktober this year. Hell, I may even do the majority with a tablet and newfangled whatsit.
Because, at the end of the day. At the end of the 31 days of Inktober. It’s really just about having fun creatively, and pushing yourself a bit.
I am looking forward to checking out what everyone is going to make.
Other than that, I am going to be putting my time on here and the site. I have some pretty exciting things in the works, and Jamie will be adding jewelry before too long to accompany that.
I hope all is well. Thank you for stopping by, see you next time.
Make it count!