INKtober Day 1 – Making Marks

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INKtober Day One, Making Marks by Jeffrey Johnson of Red Herring IllustrationJust in case you’re not familiar with Inktober, it’s an internet community event started by Jake Parker. Anyone can do INKtober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.

INKtober rules: 1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want). 2) Post it on tumblr (or Instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.) 3) Hashtag it with #inktober  4) Repeat (you can do it daily, like me, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.)

Every year, I approach Inktober a little different, with mixed results. This year my goal is to have 100% completion. The goal is to use only Binary, black and white pens, and do a majority of the drawings from observation.

The focus of these drawings is to develop:

  1. More confident mark making
  2. Stronger daily work habits
  3. The practice of “sketch journaling”
  4. Open myself to the vulnerability of making mistakes with confidence

Making marks that are either there, or aren’t with no shade in between is both thrilling and terrifying to me. I’m used to working without an eraser, but not without the ability to choose which of my fuzzy lines is the right one.

This is going to be an adventure.

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