This year I have finally completed the Inktober challenge. After a shy attempt last year that only lasted a couple of days, this year I made all 31 drawings, one each day.
It feels rewarding and surprising. I did not expect I would have the discipline or energy. October was a difficult month, changing doctors and medications, trying different things to feel better, so I had the perfect excuse to be lazy about Inktober.
It all felt a lot like working out: most days I did not want to do it, but would drag myself to it, and one minute into it that resistance evaporated. What I thought would take me 10 minutes would take me 30 or 60 minutes, and I’d enjoy myself drawing and planning and seeing the final result.
The learning process of it was surprising, because it made me realize that one drawing a day would not be enough to reach the level of skill of my favorite artists. I’ll need hours and hours, many months and years of practice and study to get there. While I do not plan to be a professional artist, I want to keep learning and improving.
You can see my drawings on my Instagram here.