WHY INKTOBER IS MORE FUN THIS YEAR! | Inktober Day 08 | India Ink and Dip Pens | 2019

WHY INKTOBER IS MORE FUN THIS YEAR! | Inktober Day 08 | India Ink and Dip Pens | 2019

We’re now a full week into Inktober. ♪ You may have noticed but I’ve been keeping it really simple I’m not following any specific prompts unless I find one that just sparks my interest for that day. And I’m kind of just letting my art… Make itself in a way. Like there’s ways to get inspired and sometimes when you’re inspired you want to draw. What I’ve been kinda using the inktober challenge for me is to kind of just sit down, and try to draw something. It’s not always going to come easy and you’re not always gonna have a ton of inspiration pushing you forward and I’m kind of trying to take this challenge as telling me that, that’s okay. You can just sit down and draw for fun. You don’t have to have big grand scheme and idea of what it is that you’re gonna draw. You can just draw something. Trying to think, but I think last year was my very first successful Inktober where I drew something every single day. I used the prompts words and it had 31 drawings at the end of the (month) But I wasn’t happy with all of them and I didn’t enjoy making all of them, which I think is equally important. I think people put a lot of stress on the inktober challenge just because a lot of artists do it. It’s like all over the place, heavier at the beginning of October and it kind of fades out near the end it’s there and it’s in your face. So if your aren’t accomplishing it yourself, you can kind of feel guilty about it, or feel a little poo-poo about yourself. I think what people are forgetting, is that it’s supposed to be something that challenges you to create
something that you might not have made before and for me just sitting down and trying to draw every day even if it doesn’t always turn out it’s kind of a fun thing to do in shorter spurts like 30 days and 30 days is a long time. Okay. I’m not going – I’m not selling that short. I’m just not one of those people that can draw every single day forever. [Laughs] I draw a lot but like thinking that I have to is what like makes me not want to. I don’t know The part that people really forget is that Inktober isn’t supposed to be if you need to skip a day skip a day, we’re talking about your future art growth here. You don’t need to sacrifice your current mental state. Okay, just enjoy it. Skip it if you need to. That’s what I’ve been doing. So you can kind of see how this sketch is evolving. I didn’t have a general plan, kind of just a vibe. Like sort of retro feeling and I’ve been sitting down my characters a lot more. I like the silhouette of a scrunched up character instead of just standing there. Don’t get me wrong, I like drawing characters just standing there. I could do that all day, I’m trying to challenge myself to draw more casual poses. Like sitting down, slouching and things like that. And if you want to see all the Inktober drawings I’ve made so far and the ones I plan on doing in the future, you can follow me on Instagram. I’m trying to post as often as possible. At least for this month. Mm-hmm. So feel free to check that out, if you’re hungry for more waffles [Hahaha, sharp inhale] (I see what I did there.) I added a circle behind her to try and even out the composition but
I realized there’s just still a little too much white space on the right. (Am I a problem to you?) so I decided to give her a kitty cat and as soon as I did this I thought, maybe she’s like a witch from the 1950s and she’s got a little house cat and then it made me think of Bewitched. I wish I had thought of it earlier because then I could have drawn some actual Bewitched fan art. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen that but when I was younger, I was kind of obsessed with that show and I Dream of Jeannie. I went through a phase The show’s probably not as good as I remember. So now that the sketch is done, I lightly erase it and begin inking on top. I used a col-erase pencil and I ran into a few issues where it wasn’t quite erasing as much as I need it to. Which happens and I should have expected it. [Laughs] So they end up showing through even after the ink and I’ll show you what I do with that when we get there. but I’m starting at the top left of the drawing as always because I am right-handed and I want to avoid putting my hand into wet ink as often as possible. That seems like a weird way to say that. I want to avoid putting my hand in the ink as much as possible I’m a very impatient artist and I know that about myself. [Laughs] So this is a very important step. I have my little bottle of ink there, on the left side of the screen. It’s a Dr. PH Martin’s bottle, but I’ve been refilling it with Speedball ink. So I’m kind of okay dipping my pen in it. I’ve heard that you shouldn’t dip your pen in your ink because it can cause bacteria to grow in there and we’re
not doing any kind of science experiment right now. So you want to avoid that but I kind of go through the black ink so quickly, It doesn’t really matter for me. And then I have a large Speedball bottle that I do not contaminate in any way and it works for me. It was around this point where I was doing the line-art and I noticed that the limbs were kind of long. So I guess this is a tall character. The only problem was it wasn’t intentional and I run into this problem a lot when I draw on my desk because if you’ve ever drawn flat on a surface, while you’re sitting upright in a chair, you’re looking down at your drawing from an angle, and the perspective is going to be different than when you’re looking at it from straight above like the camera angle is. So the camera is seeing it exactly as it is, whereas from my point of view, It’s going to be slightly distorted and any elements on the lower half of the drawing, are going to appear larger. than the elements at the top of the drawing like her head. The biggest problem that this will cause me is like usually really, really long necks and really, really long legs and weird things like that. This drawing has a really long torso because the legs are scrunched up. So they can’t really be elongated as much as I usually do. So it ends up being that whole middle section is a little bit long and you might notice that. I’m not complaining, I’m just taking a mental note that I need to be more aware of that and like check up at my camera. I need to make sure that I’m taking more breaks and like lifting up the paper and looking straight at it and making sure that it’s the way I want it to look before I go in and add ink. Now I’m actually taking a paint brush and applying ink in a circle shape around the character. This centers the character on the page even though they’re kind of leaning off to the left. Then there’s that white space above the cat. By filling in a circle behind them, it centers them on the page and just kind of evens out the composition. When working with ink, it is very, very, very, very, very important [Laughs] to wait for everything to dry. So I gave this a good couple hours, but they recommend you wait overnight. [Laughs] (If you’re a professional.) Hmm. After a few hours, I went over and erased it and I didn’t have any problems because I made sure that it was dry. I made sure there was no wet clumps anywhere. [Laughs] And this is when I noticed that some of the pencil is not erasing as much as I want it to. So I decided, why don’t I incorporate it more into the illustration, instead of trying to hide it? I decide to color in the cat with the same pencil I’d used for sketching . Which is a purple col-erase colored pencil, and I also did a little bit of shading. [Chuckles] Kind of just filled it in and made it look like a separate element compared to like the character and really like how it stands out. But I also went in and used this pencil to add like blush to the skin. So around her nose and her cheeks and then like elbows and toes and things like that. I think what are the things that inspires me to draw is faces and coloring skin. Like if I ever wanted to draw painterly, it’s always the face that I want to draw and then I’ll finish like painting the face and then I’ll be kind of burnt out with that drawing and I wont finish the rest of it. I have so many started and not finished like full body drawings, that only the face is painted, [Laughs] Abandoned art. It’s just what I’m drawn to It’s just the part I like to do the most. There’s nothing thing wrong with that and I don’t regret starting those drawings I just have no interest in finishing them. Now I’m moving into adding in the shading and the way I’m going to do this is by mixing the ink with water to get different tones. I actually ended up with three different tones, a light, a medium and a dark. They’re all pretty light because I mixed a lot of water in there because I don’t want them to get mixed in with that circle background or with any of the line art. I want them to definitely stand alone. I started by coloring in the hair. I thought this might be one of the darker elements of the drawing, but looking back with hindsight, [Laughs] I think I should have left the hair completely white and then colored in the skin darker, because the hair interacts with that dark circle behind it the most so having that white contrast I think, would have been really cool. I also used this same color to add shading to that back leg that she’s sitting on. This separates it from the front leg and gives it some depth. Here’s me lazily using my spray bottle to fill my pallete. I hate getting up and going to the sink. It’s like 17 steps there and back, that’s over 30 steps. My pedometer
is not prepared for that sort of physical activity (So I like to use my spray bottle.) [Laughs] Anyway, I mixed a darker color this time and I’m using this to color in the character’s outfit. I pictured the outfit having… Really bold, big shapes like circles and triangles, like a really out there vintage pattern but when I started coloring in the skirt, I threw that out the window [Laughs] and then when I got up to the top I remembered it. So I started adding in circles, but I didn’t put enough thought into it. It was kind of like: “Oh, oops I forgot.” And then I started adding in these circles and then they look like this. Which I don’t hate but I pictured there being like a mixture, originally, of shapes like triangles and circles and squares. Something like that. It does look bad, I think it does have a bit of a vintage vibe that I’m digging I think
at this point I realized there wasn’t enough contrast. So I went
in and darkened the entire skirt section of her dress I picked her being in a dress. It’s like an empire waist – What’s that? Cowls neck? What is that called? I guess it’s just an oval neckline…? I thought that was like a- It’s like a boat neckline or something? Anyway… I’m gonna look up boat neck. Yeah, it is a boat neck. Okay. [Laughs] And it basically just added darkness wherever
I thought it needed like just a little bit of extra depth and I think by darkening up the hair, it actually made her face pop a little bit more. Which gave me the idea to start shading in the face. I know I had already done it with the pencil, but I thought by adding in a little bit of ink, I could really make it pop even more and give it some more dimension. Then I used a white gel pen. My current favorite is the Sakura Decorese white gel pen. and I used this to adds a little magic sparkles in the sky. They could be stars like she’s sitting on the roof or something looking up at the sky. I don’t know. That’s up for interpretation. I mean in reality, it’s just a bunch of lines and blobs on a piece of paper. So if you can get anything from it, I’ll be happy. Then I waited for it all to dry again This didn’t take quite as long because the ink is now saturated with water, which is going to dry faster than ink usually does. So about like an hour, maybe, later, I went in with my Sakura Decorese white gel pen again, and I started adding in little like pops and like pizazz, you know, like hair strands coming off of her hair, that makes it look less like a solid shape and little highlights on her cheeks and her nose and like hands, and kneecaps and things like that. [Laughs] I also had like a little stripe at the hem of her skirt with like contrasting thread and I tried to resist it, but I just couldn’t. [Laughs] I added a big white line all around the entire character, separating it from that black circle. And it’s just – it just pops. I just love it. It looks cartoony. It looks like a sticker. I’m not trying to recreate real life here. [Laughs] If that’s
what I wanted, I would have got into photography. Oh, then I actually used my col-erase pencil to add a little bit more pink here and there, basically use it to fix anything I forgot. [Laughs] Definitely not my best, but also not my worst so. I’ll take it. I think a big thing about Inktober is just being able to put what you drew today behind you, learn from it without letting it overwhelm you and then starting up again tomorrow. I think that’s like the biggest lesson that Inktober taught me last year because I had quite a few where I was just like, !I don’t like this” but I shared it anyway,. Not that you have to post the art you don’t like. I don’t think anyone should ever be forced to post something that they don’t like. I feel like I have a platform where it’s important that I show you that not all art is perfect and not all art is terrible. So it’s just, you – there’s mediocre, okay. You can have mediocre art. I think giving up is the only way to fail at art. If you create something and it’s not great, you’ve probably learned something from it. Even if it doesn’t feel like it and feel free to hide it under your bed. [Laughs] Nothing wrong with that. I guess I added in some more shading. Oh, I like that. I forgot about that. I added shading on the dress. Gives it a lot more depth and makes it look less like a flat shape and here
we have my finished drawing for today’s Inktober. Again. [Laughs] Anyway, thank you guys for watching. I hope you enjoyed
coming along with me on today’s inktober journey, if you want to follow the entire Inktober journey, I’ll be posting as much as possible over on my Instagram and I’ll have a link in the description for that. Good luck with all your little inky drawings. [Laughs] Now I want to dress squid. Anyway, thank you guys for watching. I’ll see you guys all next week and hope you have a delicious evening full of waffles. Bye! ♪

100 thoughts on “WHY INKTOBER IS MORE FUN THIS YEAR! | Inktober Day 08 | India Ink and Dip Pens | 2019”

  1. Thank you, Rin <3 You're right about moving forward. I just have such big illustrations in my head, I wish I could just copy paste from my brain onto the page. Therefore, I keep doing the drawing in sections and getting frustrated it doesn't look like what I imagined lol..even on the sketch, but it is what it is. Let's move on to the next <3

  2. I did five drawings using the prompts while watching Naruto yesterday😂 But I enjoyed it so it's okay right–?

  3. I might be incredibly dumb but if you’re not supposed to dip your pen in the ink bottle, how then? Obviously you could put some in a palette, but doesn’t that waste a bunch each time?
    Basically I’m asking for advice on this🤷🏻‍♂️

  4. i think inktober is easier for artist who don't think of themselves as total failures and don't have to cope with their depression and childhood trauma all the time.

  5. I keep skipping prompts and just doodling based on the prompts I like. It’s more fun than making 31 finished illustrations.

  6. What kind of paper do you use for all of your drawings, sketches and for separate drawings like your final drawing before you brainstorm onto something you want to draw. I need a new sketchbook thats fancy like yours and I want to experiment with other mediums.

  7. If you ever do feel the inspiration to go back to your unfinished art, that would make a very interesting video. I always have the problem of not finishing my drawings/paintings and maybe seeing someone else tackle it would make it a bit more enticing! Love all your creations. This ones giving me real Sabrina the teenage witch vibes.

  8. The torso doesn't look too long to me! Maybe because of the shape of the dress, it reminds me of like a baby doll dress or something like that lol. Love the kitty 💖

  9. The worst part is when you couldn't get to draw for a some days, and then you have to play catch up for the following days, but then it keeps adding up…

    I'm totally not experiencing it or embarassed about it

  10. I binged all ur vids and noticed u were confused as to y ur watercolours r muddy. Its probably because the watercolours u use have multi pigment. Meaning there is more then one pigment in it which makes it more muddy. Another reason could be the paint use opaque pigments so the paint will appear more opaque and muddy. To combat this u should buy separate tubes of watercolours including making sure to choose only single pigments and having a limited colour palette to help with colour mixing.

  11. Some of the stuff in this video, I needed to hear. Cause I really want to do inktober, but haven't gotten through a single day and the day's I have done, I've redone cause I wasn't satisfied. Guess I take myself too seriously.

  12. i started with no prompts.. but then found the prompts stopped me stressing. I have limited myself to about an hour to each session.. I am having so much fun, and this is my first Inktober..

  13. Since I started watching your channel, I can’t help myself from adding this white line around my characters to separate them from the background 😂 I just love the effect so much !

  14. Thank you Rin for your advice.. I'm doing inktober for the first time and I've got school exams too… Your advice is really reassuring… Thank you so much☺️☺️☺️🤗🤗

  15. This year I decided to follow three prompts, but not all at the same day, maybe one day I feel like drawing from one, and the next day another, and maybe one day two different prompts complement each other and if I´m feeling really creative I´ll draw two things, but what I´m trying is to do it Supernatural themed

  16. Oh I totally feel the unfinished paintings!! I have a lot of painted faces with the bodies unfinished! 😂

    I also loved Bewitched and I Dream of Genie! Totally getting these vibes in this piece! I really like the kitty ❤️❤️

  17. I just want to start inktober late you know? I should’ve done it earlier but I’m scared… I know sounds dumb. I’ve been drawing and I’m happy :). I should try even thought I’m late!

  18. Rin I had an idea for a drawing what about a girl looking for food in the frige from a side angle. I always had this idea but never had the skills to draw it

  19. "It's not always going to come easy, and you're not always gonna have inspiration pushing you forward."

    -Rin 2019 💕

  20. Got an idea: Artcember
    Everybody writes a card for hisself. You write down 31 things you want to draw. Its like Inktober, but you can use everything you want, and its for yourself. Its your own list. You share your list with other, they can use it for themself… do you understand what i mean? If you think this is cool, please do it.

  21. everyone: draws inktober things
    me: usually can't even get out of bed because of my mental health
    yea uhhh please someone fix me :')

  22. Welp. I'm 3 days behind (I got unmotivated ;-;) I'm supposed to be working on day 9 but I hadn't even finished day 6-

  23. Whenever I draw something with black and then try to do something with my white gel pens the color is never intense… It's white for the fist minute but then it kinda gets absorbed and fades. I don't know why… It never looks like the painting.

  24. Thanks for the advice. This is strangely me out even though I keep telling myself that I'm not being forced to do this. Dang I need to chill.

  25. when you said that adding a white border made your drawing look like i sticker, i realized that this would make a really nice sticker!!

  26. I totally get teh perspective thing. It's really bad for me tho because a lot of the times I'll be doodling in class and I'm looking at the doodle not only far away but I'm looking at it and drawing it diagonally. This totally distorts it from a normal view and only looks okay from my perspective.

  27. Love it Rin! I totally agree with the take the pressure off approach, it's supposed to be an encouraging and fun month so should never feel like a chore ( that's the opposite of art right!) I posted my latest inktober drawing yesterday, would love if you would watch it. I used purple in mine too! (so I'm sure you'll like it hehe) looking forward to your next video! x

  28. Loved this! Honestly, I LOVE your art style, I don’t know what it is, but it’s so inspiring, and so gorgeous, I!ve watched your videos for a while now, and I just think that your down to earth, dorky, adorable personality matches your bright, amazing art style just as well. Keep on drawing Rin!

  29. Hello! I’m a beginner artist and I was wondering what your favorite kneadable eraser is, I don’t have one yet and I really want one! Thanks so much

  30. i have been feeling super uninspired about drawing and hating everytging i drew, but just watching your videos make me wanna draw again even if its not good, you really inspire me a lot <3

  31. i've been using the prompts for my days and now i'm kind of giving up because i made it to day four and haven't drawn a single thing since-

  32. I'm so impatient when I paint, too! It's my biggest problem when I paint with water colours… I often don't wait long enough for it to dry. But I'm working on it 🙂 I do love your character and the cat! 🙂

  33. Why is inktober fun this year? Please explain. Because I just got back from a 4 day vacation and I need to get caught up on inktober sighhhhhhhhhh i am a perfectionist so I must do it every. Single. Day. And then I get ink everywhere sigghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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