Sulking because Inktober has ended?


Is it really over? So quickly?

Armed with my iPad and stylus I tackled this year’s Inktober with enthusiasm once I got past the ‘but it’s not ink’ dialogue in my head and focussed instead on doing a drawing a day for practice and fun. The prompts were at times challenging but always enjoyable. With my current focus on portraiture I tried to apply many of the prompts to faces which I had fun with.

I posted daily on a dedicated Inktober page on my site as well as on my Instagram profile but  also wanted to feature all 31 drawings together today, to counteract the collective Inktober-has-ended sulk.

Did you do Inktober this year? Post a link in the comments to your site featuring your drawings, I’d love to see them!

Below are thumbnails of all 31 drawings for this year’s challenge. I hope you enjoyed them as much as what I did drawing them.

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Practice drawing at every opportunity


If there is one single ‘truth’ in art it is that Practice is King. Since I’ve been taking my iPad with me wherever I go I have had many opportunities to practice my drawing without being too obvious about it. People get self-conscious when they know you are sketching them.

At our monthly portrait group meet up on Sunday I was grateful for the opportunity to capture facial expressions. My iPad drawings are rough, just quick planning sketches, some of which will become traditional oil paintings. I love the freedom that these quick sketches give me to not be too precious about the outcome and to have a source of inspiration to develop a larger or more complex work from later.

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I use a rubber-tipped stylus and a drawing App called ‘Sketches’, unfortunately my iPad is too old for newer drawing Apps like Procreate; but the App that I use serves my purposes well enough.

That’s my drawing tip for today. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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