31 DAYS, 31 DRAWINGS. Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. Anyone can do Inktober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.
This would be the third year that I take part in Jake Parker’s Inktober Challenge. The first year (2016) I only got into it coz one of my friends suggested it to me and I decided to do it just so for the heck of it. The year after that (2017) I decided to work on a theme – Mythology. This ended up being a lot of fun, but I had to do a lot of research before actually even getting to the drawing board. These were done on Brown Paper with Fineliners and Brush Pens, mostly monochrome.
Last year (2018) I decided to take a different approach. I decided that I didn’t want to do so much research and that I wanted to work with colours. The base inking was still done in Black and White and then I worked on the coloured version. I also worked on a theme of sorts this time, take a look at how it turned out below.
This year, just like the previous two I was a bit too ambitious in the level of detailing I wanted to work on for Inktober. I ended up finishing only 24 out of the 31 prompts. I might finish the rest and put them up here (some day). But for now here are the finished 24 illustrations.
As you might have gleaned from a cursory glance they form a sort of labyrinth (more on that later). That was the ambitious part – having to work with shapes instead of doing a bunch of research like I did last year (2017).
Ever since I was a child I have always been fascinated by patterns and puzzles. For Inktober I wanted to create something that didn’t require as much research but would still be part of a bigger whole instead of just seperate art pieces. Enter the idea of a Labyrinth. I know technically this is a Maze because the entrance and exit are different. But Labyrinth just sounds cooler.
I got this book called Rose Labyrinth what seems like a decade ago and it had seperate pieces of paper which you had to connect using the sides to form a large labyrinth. Ever since then I wanted to create something along those lines but with my own art. This Inktober I got my chance!
The labyrinth actually has a path that takes you from one end to the other. I realized much later that the active path wasn’t always as visible after I’d colored in the illustrations. But ah well, it’s still there for those that choose to see it. Isn’t that the point of puzzles anyway.
So I decided that since I would primarily be posting this to Instagram to work with a 3 column grid. That meant 33 (31 + 2) illustrations for it to maintain the grid. After I’d drawn the grid, I created a random labyrinth – this was a lot of fun. Once I made the labyrinth I moved around a few of the paths so that they would fit the grid better and more evenly.
I start off drawing the grid with a faint 4H pencil to mark the path and the outside. I try to not concern myself with the bigger grid in every sketch because I want the pattern to be the only thing that flows and not the illustration.
Then I make a sketch of basic elements just to figure out the masses and the objects. No details, just quick lines to demarcate where objects are going to be.
Then I start working on the details in ink. Using a 0.1mm Sakura Pigma Micron Fine-liner and a Sharpie to fill in the pure blacks.
For the colours depending on the illustration I start with the Greys with Sakura Koi Brush Markers (Grey Tones – Set of 6) for the base hues and shading. And then move on to layering the flat colours on top of the greys. I also try not to mix the colours too much because they don’t tend to mix well together beyond 2 layers.
Is it not curious, that so vast a being as the whale should see the world through so small an eye, and hear the thunder through an ear which is smaller than a hare’s? But if his eyes were broad as the lens of Herschel’s great telescope; and his ears capacious as the porches of cathedrals; would that make him any longer of sight, or sharper of hearing? Not at all.-Why then do you try to ‘enlarge’ your mind? Subtilize it.