Setting yourself challenges — and sticking to them — is a sure-fire way to get better at something. And let’s face it: unless you have a personal trainer or you’re a student in something, it’s pretty rare that someone is going to set a challenge for you. I don’t know a single project manager who puts a few extra days in their Gantt chart for you to exercise some professional development time.
You have to set them yourself. But then, that’s more gratifying anyway, isn’t it? And so, when Inktober floated past in my river of social media stuff, I grabbed it with both hands. Inktober is simple: do an ink drawing every day for the month of October. People have been at this since 2009, and it’s growing every year.
A huge thanks to Jake Parker for starting it! I had loads of fun with this. Here are all mine for 2016:
Oct 1 – Fast
I was a day late when I started, so I didn’t end up following the theme of ‘Fast’ for this one:
Oct 2 – Noisy
Oct 3 – Collect
Oct 4 – Hungry
This was a quickie I did on a whiteboard at work:
Oct 5 – Sad
Oct 6 – Hidden
I’d been itching to a bit of fantasy sketching…
Oct 7 – Lost
Oct 8 – Rock
Oct 9 – Broken
Cats started to become a bit of a meta-theme in my sketches…
Oct 10 – Jump
Oct 11 – Transport
Oct 12 – Worried
Oct 13 – Scared
Oct 14 – Tree
I’d also been itching to try different sketching styles during Inktober, and using colour in a different way. This one was particularly fun to do.
Oct 15 – Relax
Oct 16 – Wet
Oct 17 – Battle
Oct 18 – Escape
Oct 19 – Flight
Oct 20 – Squeeze
For ages I couldn’t think what to do for this theme, and then this idea came to me first thing in the morning. It looks better with my hand over it (below)
— Ben Crothers (@bencrothers) October 22, 2016
Oct 21 – Big
This was just a chance to play with Copic tint markers…
Oct 22 – Little
Oct 23 – Slow
All the hype about Agile and Lean has always bothered me a little bit, especially the promise of SPEED that seems to tag along with it. Neither mindsets/ways of working are actually about speed, but that’s what people seem to latch on to. Some things really do take time.
Oct 24 – One dozen
Oct 25 – Tired
Oct 26 – Box
This was actually drawn on a placemat from a hotel restaurant I was at for work.
Oct 27 – Creepy
Oct 28 – Burn
Oct 29 – Surprise
Oct 30 – Wreck
I guess something from Star Wars had to make an appearance somewhere
Oct 31 – Friend
The final Inktober sketch coincided with more news about the cruel mistreatment of asylum seekers in offshore detention, so this seemed pretty fitting.
See you for Inktober next year!