Cameron’s Log, Stardate: October 3, 2017.
It’s the third day of October, which also means it’s the third day of inktober. I know what you’re thinking: but Cameron, what’s inktober? Isn’t it just a hashtag? No, no it isn’t. It is one variation of several hashtags but that’s beside the point.
The history of inktober is really quite simple and we have an artist by the name of Jake Parker to thank for it. He created the term as a way of honing his own artistic skills and ended up creating a movement for established and aspiring artists to draw every day and share their art with a constantly expanding audience (you can check out his site and read more about it here).
While Parker created a theme for each day, the only rule is to draw something in ink every day, no matter what medium you use. There are themes for each day but the great part about it is the artist can decide to work within those confines or establish their own themes. Last year was my first attempt at having something new every day but I wasn’t quite able to make it. This year, however, is different. Now that I’m out of school, my schedule has somewhat opened up and I’m going to attempt 31 new drawings by the end of the month. Rather than have a different daily theme, I’m going to have weekly themes and will post the full week’s worth of drawings by the following Sunday.
My schedule is as follows:
Week 1: X-Men – I’ve been on an X-Men kick lately and plan to have a full series of 80’s and 90’s era mutants by this weekend.
Week 2: My Little Pony – If you know me, this one should come as no surprise, and I’ve already gotten a couple of requests for MLP mash-ups. These will also be good practice for my upcoming appearance at CanterlotKC.
Week 3: Horror – This one just seems appropriate for Halloween. I’m currently planning on something from “Supernatural” and “The Walking Dead” but am certainly open to other ideas for characters or ideas from film and tv. I started last year with a piece inspired by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and would happily consider a companion piece.
Week 4: TBD – Hey it’s early! And I don’t want to necessarily limit myself so I’m keeping my options open.
If you have suggestions for themes or ideas within those themes, you can always hit me up in the comments or let me know via social media. And to my fellow artists, I encourage you to participate as well. It’s not just a motivational tool to draw every day, it’s a great way to share your art and participate in a community with others doing the same thing. So pick up a pen and start drawing!