Holy cow, I completed Inktober for the second year in a row! Being the major procrastinator that I am, I’m actually rather pleased with myself. 😁💪

Preconditions

Last year I did Inktober with Drawlloween prompts, but I decided not to do any prompts this time.

I knew I would have less time this year as we would travel to Copenhagen, and then we had plans to visit my (divorced, so two different trips) parents and have Markus’s parents come up to visit us. And I had that neverending cold, which by now is finally over.
Because of all that, I didn’t want to have any restrictions but rather be free to do as I pleased.

The tools were the same as last time though.

I still have the same book I used last year and decided to continue with it (I’m even reusing the same photo of it). The paper is a bit yellow and soft so the ink bleeds a little, but it’s a pretty book and I want to use it.

After counting the pages it seems I have two more years worth of space left. I hope I get to finish not only Inktober for 2 more years but to completely fill the book as well!

Imaginary Karin - inktober drawlloween tools

A selection of drawings

Below are some of my own personal favourites! If you want to see all 31 of them you can find them on my Instagram or my DeviantArt profile.

My top favs this year is the GW2 raptor mount because it’s funny, and the water horse/Kelpie because it’s a good subject. I’m tempted to make a full-size coloured version of the water horse.

Another I really like is the Erumpent from the Fantastic Beasts movie. She turned out simple but super cute. ☺ She would look great as pixel art too. I haven’t pixeled anything in forever, so we’ll see if I get around to it.

Inktober 2017 - Guild Wars 2 raptor mount

Day 2 – Guild Wars 2 recently came out with a new expansion – that included mounts!! Featured here is one of my Asuran characters (yes they look like gremlins).

Inktober 2017 - the little mermaid

Day 8 – Den lille havfrue/The Little Mermaid

Inktober 2017 - Lantern bat

Day 9 – tiny bat with tiny berry lantern

Inktober 2017 - three eyed cat

Day 12 – 👁👁👁

Inktober 2017 - she-elf

Day 14 – female elf

Inktober 2017 - Bäckahästen Kelpie

Day 20 – bäckahästen/the brook horse/kelpie

Inktober 2017 - lingonberry flower

Day 21 – lingonberry flower

Inktober 2017 - Bohemian Waxwing

Day 23 – Bohemian Waxwing, one of my favourite birds

Inktober 2017 - little castle

Day 25 – little castle

Inktober 2017 - Erumpent

Day 26 – The Erumpent is my favourite beast from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, she’s so cute! Poor girl just want some love 😉

In retrospect

I actually think I did better this year regarding the quality of the drawings. Looking through them it is obvious that some are a bit more rushed or uninspired, but overall it looks slightly better. Or maybe I just had fewer fuck-it-I-give-up days?

Not having a theme was both a blessing and a curse, but mostly a blessing. It’s probably part of the reason why I did better drawings this year. But at the same time, I had lots of days when I stared at the blank page not knowing what to do. Those days having a theme or a prompt would have helped.

It seems that the brain likes to make up themes anyway though. I had lots of little “mini-series” going on. Like 3 different birds, 3 magical equines, 2 elves etc…

Inktober was just as fun this time. It’s a bit of a pain when you’re stressed or tired or don’t feel very creative, but it’s so worth it. If you’re even a tiny bit into art, I can wholeheartedly recommend participating! 😀