If you follow me on social media, then you know I tried Inktober for the first time this year. I had always been interested in trying it after seeing my friend, Jeffrey Myles' posts. (I don't think he did it this year though,) You should also check out my friend, Heather Wodhams who did a completely digital Inktober! I did a mixture of things. I am not good at free-hand drawing, so I wanted to do the outlines of drawings on the computer and then use carbon paper so that I could trace them into a book that had brown pages. (Brown is more fun to me.) But that got really time consuming and I was away at the beginning and the end of October, so it was hard to keep up. I finished everything up in November. I still did most of the outlines on the computer but then I just coloured them in with markers and glued them into my book if I felt like it. I also did collages even though that didn't really fit with the guidelines. I don't think the Inktober police were watching. Once I got to "Drain", I actually felt pretty drained and didn't really want to do it any more, but I'm glad I did.
I liked that there was a prompt list. I don't think I could come up with 31 ideas and execute them. There were things I wouldn't normally think about. I also liked using the hashtags for each word because if I clicked on them, I could see what artists were doing all over the world with the same word. Some people had the same ideas and some were so completely different than I ever would have imagined. I started to follow a lot of interesting artists and I gained a lot more followers, likes and views myself. I kept track of the views and and for all of the posts put together, my work had a combination of views and likes that added up to 9309, which I think is pretty huge! As I've mentioned before, Brett Kissel shared my work that featured him in it and it had over 5000 views! For the word, "Cruel", I recreated a picture of Stavvy Cosplay and she enjoyed that as well. Also, Melissa Joan Hart liked my take on Sabrina and Salem on Instagram and that pretty much made my year. The James Barker Band even liked many of my posts, which was neat, because they don't have to follow what I do. There were some entries that I wasn't happy with so I either did two versions or made a crappy thing and moved on. You can see everything, including various captions on Instagram or Facebook, or you can scroll down and see the 31 that I liked best right here.