Every remaining Wednesday in October, you will turn in three completed drawings (each week) based on the daily challenges/prompts from Inktober. Each of the three drawings should be completed to “portfolio-quality” on the associated day of the prompt. Spend about 45 minutes on EACH drawing.
1. Wednesday, October 16 - three drawings due
2. Thursday, October 24 - three drawings due
3. Thursday, October 31 - three drawings due
(AP students can elect to do the Inktober Challenge instead of their Concentration Try-Outs throughout October, with the additional challenge that they will do 4 drawings per week.)
Refine your skills and develop good drawing habits.
Your drawings should get progressively better in their ideas, complexity, and technical quality.
Skills to Learn:
- Vary line quality (thickness and character) - thick and thin, smooth and shaky, heavy and light.
- Create tonal values through hatching, cross-hatching, and stippling.
- Create tonal values through ink washes (ink + water).
- Be creative. Come up with unique, interesting ideas and images.
- Make drawings that look finished.
- Drawing paper (heavier, smoother paper is better -- ex. Bristol board)
- Pencil (HB or 2H) (optional)
- Uniball Micro roller pen (black) - Fine and UltraFine (or similar roller or ball point pen)
- Black felt markers
- Black ink (India Ink)
- “Dipping” pen
- Crowquill Pen
- Sable (watercolor) brushes
- Other black pens and/or markers
Any size from large notecard (4 x 7”) to sketchbook (11 x 14”)
- Personal Investment / Persistence
- Inventiveness/Creativity (These need to be 100% original!)
- Quality of Drawing
1. Watch the introductory YouTube video by creator Jake Parker at Inktober.com.
2. Watch this video from Mary Doodles as an introduction to drawing with ink (5 minutes).:
Easy Ink Drawing Tutorial:
3. (Optional) Watch this video of tips by Mark D. Campbell (18 minutes).:
What You Should Know About Inktober:
4. Understand what is meant by “quality” by studying the drawings of artists David Macaulay, Edward Gorey, comic artists, and other pen & ink artists such as these.
5. View the work of other artists who have posted on social media (facebook, Twitter, Instagram) under #inktober and #inktober2019.
6. Experiment with hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, and ink washes.
7. Follow the Prompt List 2019
There are many other helpful videos by Mary Doodles, Mark D. Campbell, and others that can help you with developing your drawing skills.
To improve technique, draw value scales (white to black; light to dark) using either hatching, cross-hatching, or stippling.