Whew! What a month! This is the last official challenge I plan to take on this year as I prepare for holiday season shows. Calendar coming soon for that, by the way.
For October, I had been considering wether or not to take on Inktober. For those of you unaware, Inktober is a challenge on Instagram where people all over the globe draw in ink every day for the entire month and share their drawings with the same hashtag. While contemplating this, Higgins Inks reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in joining their October Higgins Inks Drawing Team and take part in their version of the challenge. I considered that my sign to go ahead and Higgins Inks sent over a package full of inks, sketchbooks, and tools.
They provided a prompt list but said we were welcome to use any prompt list we’d like or no prompts at all. Most days I didn’t use any list but drew from everyday life instead. I’ve been studying drawing from life and that’s where I want to grow the most right now so it was nice to have that flexibility. Over the month I created lots of pieces I like as well as a few just ok pieces. When drawing every day, there are sure to be a few duds in the mix. That’s just a part of the process! Learning to be ok with the bad and letting it go is just as important as appreciating the good.
A HUGE thank you to Higgins Inks for inviting me to join in on this adventure and for all the supplies you sent my way. I learned so much about inks in general and it’s been a joy to have my kids help me find things to draw some days. I’ve watched their interest in my work increase and they seem to be noticing the world around them more. My youngest son brings things to me from outdoors for me to draw and it’s the sweetest thing!
If you followed along on Instagram or Facebook, I really appreciate it! If you missed it, here’s a slideshow of all the pieces I created thought the #higginsinkchallenge starting with Day 1 on through Day 31 as well as a brief guest blog post Higgins asked me to write for their website.
xoxo – Hannah
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