Reportedly initiated by Mr Jake Parker; an Illustrator from Utah, the trend has taken off and has since become an international phenomena. Inktober is based on the idea of drawing on a regular basis creating a positive habit to aid and improve drawing skills. Parker even posts a list of word prompts to help you get started.
31 sketches in 31 days -that’s the aim, so several Friends at Mr B’s decided to take it on.
Creative Artworker, Louise says her motivation to take part is that it allows freedom for fun.
“I’m usually working on illustration commissions in my downtime so I tend to draw most days. Inktober is an opportunity to free myself from the commission and sketch something just for fun. I try and do it every year but usually fall flat during the first week, so on a personal level it’s a challenge just to get through the month with a decent number of drawings under my belt!”
“Everyone should draw, it’s absorbing, relaxing and good for the psyche. No matter how good or bad you think you are Inktober is a reason to just put your pen on paper and see what happens. That’s always a good thing in my opinion.”
Nathan our Creative Intern says:“Drawing is a great form of escapism for me, it doesn’t require a lot of thought yet takes my full attention. I love the simplicity of animated characters and recreating them in my own style, they allow more freedom in terms of ‘perfection’ and takes me right back to my childhood.”
“Disney is my go to theme for this reason along with having such a variety of characters to choose from. Having the choice of what to draw is essential, it’s got to be something I fancy drawing at the time. I highly recommend drawing at what ever level you are, it’s very rewarding!”
Alternatively, Georgia our Junior Planner, decided to take part in something a bit different to her day-job and gave it a go.
“I find drawing really relaxing, but often don’t find the time to do it, so Inktober was a good challenge for me. The first few days I was on a roll and managed to bosh out a drawing a day – I tend to like drawing more detailed portraits as opposed to quick sketches, so soon found I couldn’t keep up the pace in this style for the entire month!”
“Making the time to draw was great though – and I did start to see some progress the more I did it. Getting everyone to share their different styles in the office was cool as well – as someone who’s not part of the creative team, it was great to be involved in an arty challenge like this.”
The Big Draw Festival is another internationally recognised name for the event. Taking place in galleries and heritage sites, the all-inclusive event brings artists and everyday people together to celebrate how drawing can inspire, educate and even change lives. Patrons to the event include famous illustrator Quentin Blake and well-known BBC Journalist Andrew Marr.
Interest at Mr B & Friends has grown considerably, since drawings began popping up around the office and the challenge has even inspired a few more Friends to spend time developing their sketching skills.
If you want to see more of the drawings produced by our wonderful team, check out their social media sites. Georgia’s twitter – @GeorgiaAdsett, Nathan’s Instagram – @nathanshellard and Louise’s Twitter – @LouiseLepic.
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