This was the first year I decided to participate in Inktober – a month where artists from around the world draw/ink/create/share one piece of art every day using either their own ideas, subjects, or the official Inktober Prompts. There’s a TON of talented artists out there and part of the fun of Inktober is having an easy way to connect with and be inspired by them.
I chose to do my own Inktober featuring my beloved spiders! Not actually my idea, my sister and fellow artist suggested it to me and it sounded like a pretty great idea. I had concerns at the beginning with my attention span and possibly being tired of spiders by the end of the month.
But, NOPE! I think I love spiders even more now. And I can’t deny everyday when I’d browse around for my new subject, just looking through the vast variety of species made me extremely happy.
A few things I learned in the process that I want to remember that carry over into other parts of life :
- “Feeling like it” is completely over-rated.
- Even a half-hearted attempt at something completely new and different can be amazing.
- Routines make it much easier to get in ‘the zone’.
- I fight routines tooth and nail.
- Suspending judgement is the only way to get anything done.
- It’s easier to let go of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways of doing things than I thought.
- It’s okay to be late, just don’t give up entirely. Get back on track in the middle of the night if necessary.
- The middle of creating something is my favorite part.
Today is the last day of Inktober, and I am 5 days behind. Sometimes I have a problem with ending things – I don’t want it to end so I’ll drag it out. I think that’s what happened here. Oh well, I’ll catch up as soon as I can. These last 5 posts will be more artistic than accurate representations (you have no idea how I agonized about how many leg segments to show), especially since my #spidertattoo ideas seemed to be more liked than any of them. Check it out: instagram.com/helloholly_d
I have a similar daily challenge I thought of for November, but haven’t fleshed it out yet. #Staytuned .