This month, my blogging has taken a bit of a back seat as I’ve tried to find a bit of balance with my many hobbies. Don’t get me wrong, fitness hasn’t been on the back burner, but finding time to devote to both writing AND drawing every day has been a little more than I felt capable of.
Drawing for Inktober
At the beginning of October, I made a promise to the mister that I would participate in Inktober. If you’ve never heard of this, it is a month of drawing in ink. I found a list of drawing prompts that I felt I could tackle and since the 1st of October, I have been making the time to draw every single day.
Now, for me, ink drawings take twice as long as pencil drawings. That’s because I draw in pencil first and then ink over the lines and erase the mistakes. I think that is a pretty common technique, but I’m a slow drawer as it is.
How it started
I am not a “natural” artist. I have not been drawing my whole life, and I certainly have never been told I’m a fantastic artist. Now, I have no illusions that I will one day quit my day job and become a full-time artist. In fact, it was one day in July 2016, that I told my husband, “I want to learn how to draw.”
I am one of those people who claimed to mess up stick figures! But with his support, I went out and bought a book, a pad of drawing paper, and some pencils. And from there, it has snowballed. I can’t go to Barnes and Noble without coming home with a new art book. I can lose myself in the art supply aisles in Michael’s. When we go to 2nd and Charles, we take a canvas tote for the cheap reference books that will inevitably end up in my arms (by the way, if you’ve never been, this place is awesome).
Practice, practice, practice
I LOVE to draw. I’m not great at it, but I love it. And I’m getting better. My first drawings were…well, they were pretty awful. However, though I am my own worst critic, there are some drawings these days that make me really happy with how far I have come in a little over a year.
When I started blogging, my art books started to gather a bit of dust. I spent so much time writing, that I didn’t have time for my art anymore. But I realized that a lot of that has to do with my lack of self-discipline. If I can stick to a fitness challenge, certainly I could stick to a drawing challenge.
And I have! Inktober has given me a new appreciation for how challenges keep me on track and give me a direction that I can stick to. I have six drawings left to complete for Inktober, but I’m not going to stop there. Next month, I’ll be posting my new drawing prompt list that I will be following for the month of November!
As far as my blog, I have a weekend progress post, a Monday menu, and I think I will add in an art post on Thursdays. This blog is all about improvement and bettering myself. It’s about my journey. So I’m going to chronicle this journey as well.