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Leigh and Jon did Inktober

01 Nov 2018
Our final Inktober of 2018 was a joint effort

Leigh and I decided to do our Inktober together this year! The idea behind Inktober is simply to do an ink drawing every day for the month of October, on whatever subject you like. There are optional prompts on the official website if you need ideas, but Leigh and I decided to do ours by riffing off each other instead. So each one would be linked in some way (visually, thematically or loosely) to the last. You can see the all of the results by looking at the #leighandjondoinktober tag on Instagram.

These days, either iPad Pro & Pencil or MacBook & Adobe Illustrator are my comfort zones. Anything I’ve drawn that’s more than just a quick sketch, has either been in paint or (nowadays) digital. Ink isn’t something I’ve used particularly for about 28 years! So I made a deliberate decision to avoid the iPad, and use ink pens and paper.

Tools of the trade

One of the key differences to this process is that there’s no going back. On the iPad you can keep changing, erasing, moving and resizing to your hearts content, but using ink means thinking before making a mark. This had the effect of slowing me down as I do try and rush to get things done as quickly as possible. Taking a deep breath and considering several steps ahead, and when it goes well, it can be very calming.

The results ranged from ones I was ‘quite happy with’, to those that I was absolutely appalled with. It didn’t matter though, as the key takeaways were developing a regular drawing habit, and enjoying the challenge of thinking up concepts.

Here are some of my favourites:

  • Inktober Day 14
  • Inktober Day 23
  • Inktober Day 23
  • Inktober day 17
  • Inktober Day 17
  • Inktober day 9, as the crow flies
  • Inktober Day 18
  • Inktober Day 12
  • Inktober Day 5
  • Inktober Day 27
  • Inktober Day 22
  • Inktober Day 20

Here are some of the things I learned by doing this:

It’s been really fun for a month, but I’m quite glad the pressure is over! The most enjoyable part was the fact that it was a joint project, both halves of Hicks working together :)


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