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Brainstorming for Inktober

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Last year I half-heartedly participated in Inktober and even created a weekly brainstorming event for other Inktober enthusiasts on my Meetup group and the first few meetings were fun and very inspiring with everyone sharing their fun ideas and sketchbooks........but then as the month progressed, fewer and fewer people attended until I was the only person standing there waiting without anyone turning up.


It could have been the colder weather or the lack of motivation we all seemed to suffer from as so few of the original members participated all the way through the month of October. I'm blaming the colder weather!


So this October, I'm determined to make it through all 31 days of Inktober!


If you don't know what on earth I'm on about then let me explain: Inktober is a drawing challenge that was created by Jake Parker in 2009 which he started for himself to improve his own drawing skills using ink and and to "develop positive drawing habits".

It's grown into a huge international online collaboration and it takes place every year for the 31 days of October.


Each year a month before the challenge, a series of 31 prompts are released on the Inktober website which we can all use as reference to draw our interpretations of the topic and then post on social media (typically Instagram) with the hashtags: #Inktober and #Inktober2020 or whatever year it happens to be. Some people also tag the creator, #JakeParker too as it's probably an easy way for him to view everyone's drawings.


So, I'm going to try to get myself into a better routine drawing and this is probably the best way to do it. Apparently Jake Parker has started another year long challenge called, Inktober52 which challenges people to draw for the 52 weeks of the year. I'm not sure I'll have enough time for the whole year, but we'll see.


Not saying, I don't draw everyday.....I'm a fine artist and spend a few hours drawing just about everyday but I have many other creative projects too and there's often not enough hours in the day!

So here's my goal, (which you're welcome to follow and see if I can stay on target), in which I will share a speed drawing video daily on instagram where I hope to push myself to use my imagination rather than reference materials to find the Inktober topics!


Follow me on Instagram to see if I can reach my goal! @FranceskaDrawsTrees


If you are participating in Inktober, then please connect with me on Instagram so I can support your drawing challenge too!


So I'm brainstorming the first prompt which is "Fish" and I've gone through a few scribbly sketches trying to visualise where I want to take this idea and see if my scribbling will help me brainstorm. Please see my video here and let me know in the comments if you like any of my scribbly ideas and how you like to brainstorm?

Well I hope you enjoyed my first proper blog post (apart from my introduction!) and that you'll consider stopping by again to see future blog posts!

I post every Monday evening (6pm UK time)


If you prefer daily posts, then make sure to follow me on Instagram @FranceskaDrawsTrees where you will see daily posts sometimes relating to trees and other times just drawing for various challenges.


I hope to see you again soon and thank you very much for taking the time to read my post and view my video! It really means a lot!


Stay safe and keep creative!

-Franceska


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