Who's doing Inktober 2020, and what are your plans?



  • Who's going to take part in this year's Inktober? It'd be nice to know so that we can all follow, encourage, and support on social media during the month. If you're going to take part:

    1. Are you going to do one large piece, or multiple/daily pieces?
    2. Will you be sticking to the prompt list?
    3. Will you be planning/sketching ahead of time, or will you be winging it daily (I think both approaches have their value, depending on your immediate goals)?
    4. What is the main thing you want to take away from the experience (practice, project, increased exposure, etc.)?

    For my part, I'm going to be doing one large piece for the month, with 31 characters interacting. I'll be sketching it ahead of time, and then inking one character a day. Though I won't be following the prompt list, I will look to ink a character on a day where the prompt kinda-sorta lines up with their appearance or action. My primary goal is to have a portfolio piece that I'll then paint for Slowvember, and my secondary goal is gain 100 new followers.


  • SVS OG

    @ajillustrates hi! I AM! i'm doing Faux Inktober the same as last year. This year, I'm planning to make 10 illustrations for a book. I plan to complete 1 illustration per 3 days. I'm already starting my sketches so that when October rolls around, all I have to do is paint them. I'm not following the prompt. Instead, I'm making pieces that my portfolio is lacking like: black and white pieces, Winter/Christmas scenes, Summer/Ocean/underwater scenes, etc. All of the illustrations will feature my 3 main characters. The story is that they're in a magical funhouse with a different dimension in each room.



  • @Nyrryl-Cadiz That sounds great! Excited to see it!



  • I got myself a little square sketchbook that can do washes as well. I started with a brain storm, some rough sketches for each prompt in a separate book, now im at the pencil sketch phase.

    My plan after i sketch out each prompt is to do watercolor and then ink on top of it.

    (Edit)
    I realized i didn’t really answer your questions!
    Are you going to do one large piece, or multiple/daily pieces?
    Going to do multiple daily pieces in the sketchbook
    Will you be sticking to the prompt list?
    Yeah jjst gonna do the main prompt list, realized prompts arent as important as the doing
    Will you be planning/sketching ahead of time, or will you be winging it daily (I think both approaches have their value, depending on your immediate goals)?
    Already started! Gonna sketch em all out, then gonna water color, then gonna do the inks
    What is the main thing you want to take away from the experience (practice, project, increased exposure, etc.)?
    I’d like to Mainly play around with the watercolors and see how i can use paint and ink together. Will be a great learning experience because i want to make my comic with watercolors.


  • SVS OG

    @ArtofAleksey i'm so excited to see your pieces.



  • @Nyrryl-Cadiz im doing frog people this year haha



  • @ajillustrates said in Who's doing Inktober 2020, and what are your plans?:

    Are you going to do one large piece, or multiple/daily pieces?
    Will you be sticking to the prompt list?
    Will you be planning/sketching ahead of time, or will you be winging it daily (I think both approaches have their value, depending on your immediate goals)?
    What is the main thing you want to take away from the experience (practice, project, increased exposure, etc.)?

    Sticking to the Prompt List
    I think about doing a Mix of Both. Individual Small Pieces with at least a Pre Sketch of the first 2-3Weeks and going on with the other Two later on to Practice Inking with the Brush i have but didnt used as much as i wanted to.

    Additionaly i think about doing for every week a image with all the words of that week combined since i think the inking of the small pieces will not take so long so i have something to continue to work on every individual day when i want to without "cheating" to ink the indivicual pieces of the other days. Combined with that i might actually do some Weeks digitaly with Krita since its new for me and i dont really worked out a good inking workflow for me with brushes and stuff. Still need to get used to it but thats something i might even do this month so i go full Traditional during October.

    Main thing i want to take away from it is the experience to ink with the Brush. Its my first Inktober and its not that much about me to show some awesome craft/ideas and more to actually Practice the Handling of the Tool.


  • SVS OG

    @ArtofAleksey ha! i'd love to see that. 😂



  • This will be the firs time participating, so I will do individual drawings in my sketch book. The plan is to sketch ahead this month so I can ink them the day of the prompts. I will be following the prompts as written.



  • @Molambo Awesome! What kind of brush is it that you'll be using for the traditional work?



  • I think I'll be doing it this year, but I'm not planning on following the prompt list. I found it a bit of a slog last year, so I think what I'm going to do instead is break it down into 4 weeks, pick what appeals most from the prompt list or just use a project subject I've been thinking about doing it, then spend a week at a time doing each one.

    For me at least, doing the one-drawing-a-day-prompt forced me to be creative coming up with solutions, but didn't really produce any outstanding pieces. Family and work just don't make dedicating much time each day possible.

    My hope is that I'll end up with 4 portfolio pieces that I could also color down the road.



  • @ajillustrates

    The Raphael 8404. Next to the Winsor and Newton it got recommended a lot of times in - The Art of Comic Book Inking by Gary Martin - and i could get it in a Local Store which wasn't the case with the Winsor.

    A good example of a Skilled Inker at work with it.
    https://youtu.be/CbooAu3Ly0E
    https://youtu.be/pxED9W323tc



  • I'm always so excited to see what my fellow SVS friends are doing for inktober! I am penciling a short comic that will be a dark twist on Alice in wonderland. I will ink a page each day of October. I'm really excited about it.



  • I'll be following up last year's project with my kitty characters!

    Paw Prints Freeze

    Last year I did all 31 prompts with them with the intention of self-publishing a little book with their story, but there were a lot of pieces I wasn't happy with/life got in the way and I didn't publish last year. This year I'll be going in and doing some new pieces to firm up the story and replace the ones that I don't think are up to my usual quality and will be doing my first ever kickstarter to get it printed!



  • It will be my 3rd year doing Inktober this year. The first year I followed the prompts and my inking was to take one of my kids' markers and outline my drawing. Last year, I planned and got myself some micron pens, and ended up doing a bear theme through the whole month. This year, I'm sticking to the prompts since it frees my mind up as to what I need to draw, and turns it all into how can I draw it. But I am branching out to include washes and brush pen as well as technical pens. I'm going for a more consistent style with each drawing.



  • Interesting! I'll be watching for your piece. This is my first time doing Inktober. I'm sketching daily in September and posting my sketches to #fauxinktober2020. Then in Oct I plan to ink them daily. I am following the prompts. I can't really say what my goal was, except to practice my skills and discipline myself to complete a little drawing daily. I am using photo references from Google as studies and I'm liking the challenge of the different surfaces. Doing one each day presents different issues to overcome. I might paint them digitally in November as you suggested. I did ink my first one just to try it. I am really happy with it and it was fun! I think I can do this.



  • Ahhhhh! I so want to do Inktober but I am really conflicted. I have done Inktober for the last two years and REALLY grew as an artist. I even developed a little following of some characters I created last year. I really need to be concentrating on building portfolio pieces and inking is not an issue for me but rather a relative strength. I also am moving away from inking in my children's illustration and moving more to a painterly approach. I also need much more help with storytelling and design in characters, vehicles, buildings, etc than inking.

    I may need to join @Nyrryl-Cadiz in the faux Inktober (even if the purist in me rebels because it's not "official" How stupid is that? I am such a rule follower. ugh.) I could do these as spot illustrations. My problem is that I want to create more portfolio pieces with more storytelling and the daily drawings will not give me time to do that. Perhaps I will pick a few of the prompts and just do those.

    Does this even answer any of the questions? It did help me clarify things a bit to write this out. Thank you @ajillustrates for asking the question.



  • I'm using the official prompts combined with a more magical prompt list. I've had this idea for a children's book in my head for ages but I can't work out the specific details, so I'm using the inktober prompts to create something connected to the story as a sort of brainstorming experiment to build out the world (if any of that made sense). I'm not looking to do any breath taking work, more like tidy sketches with a little story



  • I'm doing a 1920s theme...at the time I came up with it I thought 2020 was going to be a fun year (oh, to be that simple again😹 )

    I was a bit hesitant to post work on social media, given the controversy and the fact that I know a lot of my former college classmates think Jake plagarized and so they're trying to cancel Inktober. But you know what, I love the challenge, I love the community, so post I shall!


  • SVS OG

    @chrisaakins JOIN US!....


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