Inktober Update from STKerr

It’s been two weeks since Inktober has started, and I am still going strong. I missed the first day due to an event, but was able to go back and complete the drawing a couple days later. I’ve been having a lot of fun with Micron Pens, drawing inspiration from the group Fell and Fair and the event Weekend Warrior that I attended at the beginning of the month.

I hope everyone else is having fun with this challenge! Halfway through Inktober, so keep going strong.

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Weeks 40 thru 44: INKTOBER

Sunday was the first day of October. And that means 31 days of Inktober! Each day for the month of October, the goal is to create a drawing / sketch with ink, based off the one word prompts.

Started by Jake Parker back in 2009 as a challenge to improve his skills and develop better drawing habits, it has grown into a worldwide endeavor where hundreds of thousands of artists join this challenge each year. To check out the official Inktober page, head over the The Inktober Initiative!

The official rules are as follows:

Inktober Rules

If you feel so inclined, you can also include the hashtag #TheDrawingChallenge!

As for the official prompts:

Iktober Prompt List 2017

If you are interested in joining in, even if it is your first time, we’d love to have you join us. Please follow these simple steps to submit in your drawings to be shared on this page!

Week 39: Off Hand

Sometimes we get comfortable with what we know and are used to. Sometimes we want to challenge ourselves to get out of the box that we have put ourselves in. And sometimes we just want to be a little silly and have fun.

This week, the challenge is to use your non-dominant hand to draw something that you usually don’t draw. Try to pick something fun and not so serious, as drawing with your off-hand will be a challenge enough!

There are many benefits of drawing with your non-dominant hand, but we will leave all that research to the professionals as we laugh at ourselves and put marks on the paper!

If you are interested in joining in, even if it is your first time, we’d love to have you join us. Please follow these simple steps to submit in your drawings to be shared!

NOTE: Sunday is the first day of October, which happens to be Inktober! This year, the Drawing Challenge will be joining in on Inktober and challenging everyone to use ink to draw something every day of the month!

Week 38: Fall

22 September marks the first day of the Autumn Season. Leaves will start to change colors. The air will begin to cool. Nights will steadily get longer as we head towards winter. And pumpkin spice will invade once again.

This week, the challenge is to embrace the single word “Fall.” Whatever it means to you, embrace it. Describe it. Illustrate it. Capture it on paper.

The methods and mediums are in your hands, but remember to have fun and enjoy the process of creating.

If you are interested in joining in, even if it is your first time, we’d love to have you join us. Please follow these simple steps to submit in your drawings to be shared!

Week 37: Never Forget

Ask anyone and they will tell you where they were on that fateful day all those years ago. The terrorist attacks of September 11th. The bombing of Pearl Harbor. A death of a loved one. It doesn’t matter what the date is, there are some moments in our lives that we can never forget. They stay with us.

This week the challenge is to honor those memories. This could be a personal experience or an event that shook the entire world.

If you are interested in joining in, even if it is your first time, we’d love to have you join us. Please follow these simple steps to submit in your drawings to be shared!

Week 36: Materials and Medium

Each artist likes their specific medium or tool used to mark the canvas or paper. This week, the challenge is to use something that you usually do not use. Try a different medium. Use different materials.

Experiment. Try something new. Have fun. Maybe you will find something that you have been missing out on for all these years!

If you are interested in joining in, even if it is your first time, we’d love to have you join us. Please follow these simple steps to submit in your drawings to be shared!

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I tried my hand at leather-working some armor that I created for Weekend Warrior. Check out Weekendwarrior.world for more information on the event. – STKerr

Week 35: Everyday Heroes

When we think about heroes, many of us automatically find our minds going to Firefighters, Law Enforcement, and Military Personnel. While these men and women put their lives on the line every day, there are many more heroes that remain relatively unknown outside of their small spheres of influence.

Heroes are all around us. Everyday people like you and me.

Take a look at the communities that have come together after a disaster. Look at pictures of people risking everything to help their neighbors. Take a glance at the heroes down in Texas who have come together in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

These are just a few examples of everyday heroes.

The challenge this week is to honor an everyday hero. How you do this is up to your discretion.

If you are interested in joining in, even if it is your first time, we’d love to have you join us. Please follow these simple steps to submit in your drawings to be shared!

Week 34: Eclipse

On Monday, thousands of people gathered across the United States to watch the sun fade away and darkness fall in the middle of the day. The solar eclipse ran across the nation, from the west coast of Oregon to the shores of South Carolina as the 70 mile wide “path of totality” plunged eager viewers into darkness.

This week, the challenge is to use this event as a catalyst for your drawing. Let the experience influence you to pick up a pen or pencil and put marks on the page.

And allow yourself to have fun and try something new.

If you are interested in joining in, even if it is your first time, we’d love to have you join us. Please follow these simple steps to submit in your drawings to be shared!

Weeks 32 and 33: Diptych

A Diptych is an artwork consisting of two panels. It’s not just a series of two separate images, but a single composition that stretches across multiple surfaces, creating a single work of art across multiple surfaces.

Last week, we forgot to post a challenge, so the challenge is to do two drawings that create a diptych.

If time is an issue, sketch out a diptych. Do the prep work in your sketchbook. Begin to put life into the idea.

If you want to challenge yourself even more, try to create a finished, more refined work of art. Or stretch yourself even farther and attempt a Triptych (a series of three).

But no matter what, remember to have fun and be yourself!

If you are interested in joining in, even if it is your first time, we’d love to have you join us. Please follow these simple steps to submit in your drawings to be shared!

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A sketch for a diptych that I am working on, titled “The Hunted” and “The Hunter” – STKerr

Week 31: Myths

Our history is filled with stories of gods and creatures that only exist in the far reaches of time. Every society has its own history of myths and legends. From the Greek and Roman gods to the spirits of the Native Americans, there are many more far between.

This week, choose a myth and illustrate it. Put the words into an image and tell the story. Feel free to choose any myth from any society or part of the world. And allow yourself the freedom to create your own image, and not just a variation of someone else’s.

If you are interested in joining in, even if it is your first time, we’d love to have you join us. Please follow these simple steps to submit in your drawings to be shared!

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Inspired by Norse Mythology, this is a quick sketch of Freyja and the boar Hildisvíni. – STKerr