Thursday, October 01, 2020

Inktober Try On

Last year at this time I saw that there were artists doing a month of ink drawings for something called Inktober. There are a set of prompts for each day but beyond that it's up to the artist. After seeing many lovely works of art in ink throughout the year on Facebook, I decided to try on the concept of a daily ink drawing. I may not be very good and I may not actually do one every day, but it's been a long time since I did much drawing (as opposed to painting) and even longer since I did any all in ink, so don't expect too much.

I was reading a great book today called Italian Lessons by Peter Pezzelli and in it the main character from Italy was telling an American recent college grad that in Italy and much of Europe people take the safe way because "otherwise the risk of failing and looking bad is too great - and to look bad is the worst thing that can happen to you when you are Italian." He then goes on to say that it's not the same in America and that we are willing to fail. So I guess I'm very much American in this challenge.

Don't worry, I'll still be posting recipes and picture of delicious food!

The first prompt for October 2020 in Inktober is Fish. Above at the top of the post is my drawing, done with a fine point pen and a wider permanent black marker (Sharpie).


  1. Go, you, with your American willingness to fail!
    I think I need to write that down somewhere: that to fully embody the spirit of our nation, we must be willing to look downright silly as we try, try, and try again... it keeps life fresh.

  2. I'd say we are looking pretty silly to the rest of the world right now. Hope that trying again happens in November. In the meantime, I'm playing with ink! Hope you are doing well in the north woods!

  3. Rats!! I guess I have taken the safe way. (Then again, maybe I'll take the plunge and finish what I started. Maybe.)

    I applaud you for plunging in with your lovely ink drawings!