Inktober Accomplishment

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/2, 1/80 sec, ISO200
“Inktober Stack” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Well, I’m a few days late to post this, but I did finish my first Inktober! I completed it a day late but I’m happy that I was able to finish 31 drawings on the iPad. I have to say that Inktober was beneficial to my drawing process in a few ways, but I’m not really organized in my thoughts about it so forgive me if I just ramble on a bit.

First, I learned how to draw from reference photos much better. Just getting used to using the “Split View” on the iPad took a bit of effort but once I mastered that, drawing while referencing a photo was a pleasure!

I mainly focused on portraits, but I also did a few full-body poses. These were a lot of fun and I found myself focusing on proportion, angles, lines, and shapes. It was almost like magic how you could just draw shapes, and try to get the sizes and positions correct, and then you “step back” and look at the drawing as a whole and it would look like a real person! I am especially pleased with how this drawing turned out:

“October 6, 2019 Sketch”

Another thing that Inktober taught me about myself is that I will be fine with my drawing as long as I just get started and then work things through. Too many times in the past, I would not even start on a drawing because I had the thought already in my mind that the finished piece wouldn’t be good. Talk about a negative way of thinking! But Inktober forced me to just get started each day, with the expectation that I just needed to commit to 10 minutes. Of course, I would get into the process so much that I’d spend way longer than 10 minutes, and after a few days of Inktober, I broke free of my negativity on starting a new drawing. I hope this major victory of mine endures.

One other thing I’ve found is that if a drawing doesn’t seem right to me, I can just keep working it, and eventually it will get better. I just need to put in the work and effort. Not once did a drawing get worse… and I can credit a lot of that to the digital drawing experience. If I was working with ink on paper, I’d get frustrated with the wasted materials, or erasing so much and leaving so many errors on the paper. On the iPad, I realize that I don’t have that problem, and enjoy working through several revisions and trying different things since erasing or undo-ing is painless. I love it!

Anyways, I’m sure there are a few more things I learned about my creative process during this Inktober, but I’ll just end this post now. But I’m excited to continue drawing on the iPad and see where the process takes me!

If you’d like to see all my Inktober 2019 sketches (many with a Procreate timelapse movie), you can check out my barron.sketches Instagram account. Click here to see Day 1.

またね~

p.s. I have to mention that I no longer fear drawing hands! I can actually make them look decent, and not like claws. Yay! 😄

A Third of the Way Through Inktober

“October 11, 2019 Sketch”

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Well, as for me, I’m very pleased (and a little surprised) that I’ve made it a third of the way through Inktober! I’m having a lot of fun doing it (but digital, not ink), and I just wish I had more time to spend on each drawing. I’m sure the act of drawing daily is beneficial to development although I’m not sure exactly how, since I haven’t given it too much thought. But one thing I’m certain is that Inktober simply forced me to break through the barrier I have of hesitating in just getting started on a sketch without worrying about the finished piece. And then I’m also not spending much time putting “finishing touches” on each drawing simply because of lack of time… I guess that’s a good thing to try something new – even just a new mindset or process.

So I guess I’m happy with my accomplishment so far… I just hope I can keep it going!

Here are couple more of my Inktober drawings, and you can see all of them on my sketching Instagram account, barron.sketches.

またね~

“October 9, 2019 Sketch”
“October 10, 2019 Sketch”

Sketching from Reference Photos

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/125 sec, ISO250
“Reference Photo” Cedar Park, 2019

So, Inktober is happening and I have been keeping up with my digital version or the project. I did double-up on Saturday because I was too busy on Friday to draw, but other than that it’s been a successful first week.

One thing I started doing is working with reference photos, in which I basically look at the photo either in a split window on the iPad or on another monitor while I draw it. These sketches are really fun and I am learning a lot about proportion and seeing things as lines and shapes rather than people. I was actually a little worried that I’d have a lot of trouble drawing from reference photos because I got a bit frustrated when I tried that before with faces, and ended up resorting to tracing directly over the images (which looked awful anyways). So these drawings, while super-simple, are really encouraging me to do more.

Please take a look at my reference photo drawings and the time-lapse videos below, or check out my sketching Instagram account if you are interested. And there are more videos at my YouTube channel too!

“October 7, 2019 Sketch”

“October 6, 2019 Sketch”

Inktober for Me? Well, Not Quite

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO500
“iPad Drawings for Inktober” Cedar Park, 3029

Hi all! I’ve been doing quick sketches and doodles on my iPad almost every day (even if it is for just a few minutes) for a while now, but now that October has started, I thought I would give Inktober a try. I’m not going to use ink, nor follow the official prompts, but I’ll just try to do a more “complete” sketch every day. So, without further ado, here are my first two sketches:

Selecting and Adjusting

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/20 sec, ISO1600
“Drawing Pad” Cedar Park, 2019

One of the aspects of drawing on the iPad that I love is the ability to select and adjust the positioning of facial elements. It’s really difficult for me to draw it right (or even get close) the first time. So I have to move eyes, noses, and chins around till they look right. And then I’ll have to step away for a bit, or maybe even a day or two, before looking at the sketch again with fresh eyes and then see if I got it “good enough” or need to work on it some more.

It’s a process that takes a long time overall, so I have several drawings going at once. It’s all a lot of fun though, and rather than being frustrated at not being able to draw it right the first time, I get a lot of satisfaction when I realize that the drawing has gotten even just a tiny bit better. Little improvements! ☺️

I hope you had a good day!