Inktober 2018: Week 1

#Inktober is an art challenge where a person draws everyday for the whole month of October using the #InktoberPrompts by Jake Parker.

Inktober2018 prompts

There are prompts each day that you can follow although others have created their own prompts related to their niche. People mainly use ink pens, but according to Jake you can use any tool and style now because the goal of the challenge is to just keep drawing or to motivate you to start drawing.

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Last year, I wanted to join. I even bought a sketchpad for it. This was the only page I’ve written on and now it has my child’s markings. ๐Ÿ˜‚


So I joined this year. I prepared everything I needed and set my mind on the challenge. I want to join because challenges bring out something creative in me.

Day 1: Poisonous

Our tongue can be a tool for either helping another person by putting him down or lifting him up. The words we say carry a lot of weight and we don’t know how far these people will carry them. Some people carry a hurtful word for a very long time that it has already affected their life. This reminds me that we have to be careful of the words we give to other people. When we are angry, it’s better to let that anger pass and start talking to the person when we are emotionally stable. It helps us think right. Watch video here: INKTOBER 2018, DAY 1 | Doodle with Gil #15: Poisonous

Art side:

I have to work on the alignment of words. ๐Ÿ˜† I’m satisfied with the snake drawing, though. I’m not really sure if this type of snake is poisonous. I forgot to filter my search for poisonous snakes when I looked for something to draw. ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 2: Tranquil

My inspiration for this is a travel sketch I’ve seen in the past of Copenhagen. I tried to search for it but I just couldn’t find it again. I then imagined myself being there on a boat reading a book. Watch video here:ย INKTOBER 2018, DAY 2 | Doodle With Gil #16: Tranquil

Art side:

Again, the wordings. I was almost done with this when the kids arrived from school. Since I was shooting the process, I couldn’t stop knowing I won’t have time later to do it. I just wrote it as fast as I could. ๐Ÿ˜… I also asked the kids to color some of the boats. Can you guess which ones they colored?ย ๐Ÿ˜…

Day 3: Roasted

I first thought of chicken when I saw roasted, but there’s a prompt dedicated for that so I thought of nuts, then I remembered the story of Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego. The faith they showed under pressure showed how well they knew their God. Their faith was tested under pressure and they held on to it. They did not bow to other gods even if they had to be killed. Watch video here:ย INKTOBER 2018 Day 3 | Doodle With Gil #17: ROASTED

Art side:

I used ipadpro + Procreate for this challenge because I thought it would be great to play with the flame brush to add effect.

Art side:

Again, should I be surprised? The alignment of words. I really have to work on that, right? ย I’m pretty satisfied with the whole flame thing. Think adding something on the upper corners could make it better.

Day 4: Spell

Tech spell. We all love browsing, but I have this personal ‘rule’ that when another person enters a room where I am the only one in or when I am outside, I try to at least minimize the use of it so I can start conversations with people. Watch video here:ย INKTOBER 2018, Day 4 | Doodle with Gil 18: Spell

Art side:

I’m not good at drawing people. So, I had a hard time drawing the “P” here. I just tried if it would look okay. It’s fine. Not so detailed. I also chose to make this and the following ones simpler because it was the weekend and I didn’t have time to record a long process because all the kids were at home.

Day 5: Chicken

Oh, chicken. The first thought I had was to draw Al-Baik, the most famous chicken here in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. =) Watch video here:ย INKTOBER 2018, DAY 5 | Doodle with Gil #19: CHICKEN

Art side:

I had no plans of coloring anything because it was weekend. I just made a quick sketch of Al-Baik’s meal. Again, the word “Al Baik” below did not fit. I should have written the word first and then drew the box.

Day 6: Drooling

Nothing fancy. Just a baby teething. ๐Ÿ˜That is when drooling is non-stop. =) Watch video here:ย INKTOBER 2018, DAY 6 | Doodle with Gil #20: DROOLING

Art side:

Well, the eyes here are not of the same size.ย  ๐Ÿ˜ By the end of the drawing, I realized I did not know how to draw a flowing drool.ย  ๐Ÿ˜ I ended it with dark drops flowing anyway.ย  ๐Ÿ˜

Inktober2018 Day 6: Drooling

That’s it. You can check out the video of how I drew everything on my Youtube Channel .

Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.
Jake Parker created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

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