A Drawing a Day TOO EASY? Challenge Yourself

A Drawing a Day TOO EASY? Challenge Yourself


[♫ Aldo Ink] [♫ Feral Doodle] [♫ Yes, it’s Aldo Ink] [♫ Side effects include:] [♫ pain] I’ve talked a lot about how challenging a challenge like Inktober can be. But what if the challenge is not challenging enough for you? [Overly sassy passerby:] Maybe it’s not
a challenge at all Challenge Inktober has two basic rules: make an ink drawing; post an ink drawing. The idea is to attempt to do it every day
for 31 days, but past that, it’s up to you want you want to do. Sooooo… If that isn’t enough of a challenge for
you, why not add your own rules? As I’ve said in a previous video, when I do a challenge, I like to give myself additional restrictions
or goals. It’s not always the wisest choice, but I like to see what I’m really capable
of. When it comes to self-imposed rules for Inktober, you have a lot of options; maybe you won’t allow yourself to do a pencil
sketch beforehand, going straight into inking the final drawing
with no guidelines. You might not even give yourself a concept
sketch to work from, and make it up as you go along. There are a lot of other popular challenges
you can incorporate into this one; maybe you’ll give yourself a time limit, or another restriction like creating the entire
drawing in one line. You can limit the equipment you use, avoid using anything that can correct mistakes, one shot every drawing, only use certain techniques, or whatever else you can think of. Something that helps to come up with ideas is actually a challenge in itself, and that is the drawing prompts. In one way they can be a springboard for ideas, but in another way they can be a sort of limitation as you have to figure out how to incorporate the prompt into your drawing. Conversely, complete freedom can make decisions
difficult to make, so having a restriction like a particular theme can actually be beneficial to the creation
process; having said that, maybe the challenge is figuring something
out without a prompt. It’s not a substantial leap in difficulty, but something I’ve done in the past is combine
prompts together. Sometimes it’s simple, other times it’s more complicated. The first year I combined each prompt with
the day that came before and after, the second I combined prompts from a week
before and after, and the third, I combined the prompts with
those from the corresponding days of the previous
two years. There were some really unusual combinations. If adding some kind of restraint doesn’t
appeal to you, you could do something you haven’t done
before. It could be working on an area you don’t
do often, or know you need practice with, for example: anatomy, perspective, composition
etc. You could try out a new medium (as long as the overall challenge still focuses
on the inking process), or try working in a different way to what’s
expected It’s one of those controversial areas, but I think it’s generally accepted that digital inking is still a legitimate
way to do the challenge. If you’re used to working digitally, forcing yourself to do the challenge traditionally
could be an option, and if you want to try digital instead, that could be the way forward. You can use the 31 days to start a new project; challenge yourself to make a story from scratch
and illustrate it, or create a comic. I’ve only ever done standalone illustrations; but I’ve seen people create comic strips, picture books, giant drawings that they add to each day, and at least one interactive choose your own
adventure. It could even be the start of an ongoing thing, like a webcomic or graphic novel. The drawings I’ve created each year became the early concepts for a project I
am working towards, which I hope to one day develop into a video game, if not some kind of web series in the meantime. If you want to try any of the things I’ve
suggested so far, or anything that you see other people doing, then this is the perfect opportunity to do
it. But don’t overstretch yourself by trying something too ambitious if you don’t have the time, resources, or energy to do it. The point of a challenge is to test yourself; you may already be testing yourself by doing
a drawing every day, and I think It’s important to bring this
up, because every year there are people who stress out about the
challenge, along with people who don’t have much success and/or don’t complete it. It doesn’t have to be hard – it just has to be something that lets
you see what you’re capable of – so if you’re worried that you’re not
doing enough by not giving yourself a monumental task to
do, it doesn’t matter if you opt to do something
simple in order to fit the task around your other
obligations. I’ve already said this multiple times, and it’s on the official website, but you don’t have to do all 31 days to feel like you’ve accomplished something. It might not even be feasible to do a drawing
every day, so don’t feel like you’re not doing enough if you can only complete so many days drawings. Whatever you do, and however much you want to challenge yourself, do whatever most appeals to you, and I hope you have fun. If you like this video, I challenge you to hit that subscribe button. My usual upload days are Tuesday and Saturday, and if you want to support my channel, you can donate to me on Patreon. This is video thirteen of my pre-Inktober
playlist, so be sure to check out the rest of the videos. So with the challenge of this video completed, all that’s left to say is THANKS FOR WATCHING [Music] Challenge

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