My Creative Resolution – Watercolor, Illustration, Print Pattern Design

Ready for InkTober 2017?!

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Favorite sketchbook and gel pen for Intober | #intober2017

Participating in InkTober last year was a motivating experience! I even had the pleasure – by sheer coincidence – of meeting Jake Parker, the creator of InkTober at Comic Con in NYC.

This year I’m ready! I got a fresh new sketchbook – my favorite kind – the Canson Multimedia. Last year as the end of InkTober drew near, I began adding watercolor to my ink sketches. I couldn’t help it! The Canson sketchbook pages are nice and thick, making them perfect for watercolor. And they are bright white too, which I love. I also have a pack of my favorite pens – the Uniball signo (bold 207). This pen is a gel pen and feels very smooth when drawing with it.

Last year I didn’t follow the official InkTober prompts. I’m not sure if I’ll follow them this year. Here are the 2017 Inktober prompts if you’d like to follow them. Here are some of my sketches from InkTober 2016:

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You never know where a 31 day challenge will take you, but if I had to set some goals I would say to draw people. Maybe incorporate lettering too. I’ll probably draw several Halloween themed things because ”tis the season. Last year I drew the inside of a witch’s house and then added another floor the next day! I just came across Mab’s Drawlloween Club list, which I might use for inspiration.

Are you thinking of participating in InkTober 2017? If so, let me know.
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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Web and Print Designer living in New York. I blog about painting, illustration, and designing patterns. Inquires are welcome.

20 thoughts on “Ready for InkTober 2017?!

  1. Well, I am, I particularly started my blog with that intention, though it became something else. But either way, I am too excited about inktober

    • Wow, you really did start your blog with that intention and then it became something else. You definitely have skill with sketching and with words. I could see you writing about the prompts too. Are you planning on following them? I’m undecided.

      • Prompts, yes. A long while back, I developed this habit, I call it forced creativity. 🙂
        So basically what I do is this, I take the word of wordpress daily prompt, one image and a quote and then merge all of them into one post. Hopefully this October I won’t scour the internet for images but rather add my own. I am honestly stocked, I Haven’t talked about inktober ever after that, I’ll write a post today.

  2. Hi Eileen I will be definitely participating again this year. Had a lot of fun last year did an ink portrait each day alternating from men and woman and ended with 7 classic monsters. It really sharped my portrait drawing skills.

  3. This is the first year I’m participating. I’m excited! I’m hoping to just see improvement, that’s really my goal 🙂 I love the idea of witchy/halloweeny vibes.

  4. I’m going to participate as well. I have to make the time best I can! I intend to use derwent inktense to add colour to my sketches will be too hard to resits the urge! I tried last year but I fell apart during the month. Gonna have another go to see if i could make it through this year!

  5. This is going to be my first time! And I am dreading it like hell. But also super super excited! I am not sure if I will (or rather can) follow the prompts but I too am planning to incorporate lettering which I recently started learning. It’s going to be fun.
    Also, really looking forward to see your Inktober sketches, Eileen. I am sure they will be great. 🙂

  6. Good luck with the Inktober2017! I participated in the 2016 event and found it to be a fantastic experience: Learned a lot!

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