#Inktober. A portmanteau that only the best of the internets can come up with. Usually for me, it’s an annual instagram/twitter event that I look on as a spectator – or at best with a degree of guilt having posted maybe one inked image on instagram to shamefully capitalise on the hashtag.
But this year I decided to go for it and pragmatically declared that I’d do it most days, sometimes using the prompts, sometimes just following an idea or train of thought, shonky or otherwise, to inky completion.
It is a significant challenge to make an image you’re proud of every day, especially as I tend to work slowly, despite knowing that caution and deliberation can stunt the life within an image, making marks muddier and inhibiting spontaneity and animation. So it’s with delight that some of my favourite inktober images were those with no prior pencil work, just making the most of the brush or pen I was using – seen with the magpie, the snail trail and ‘mysterious’ images.
For many artists it was clear that their inktober was about them exercising their ideas within their style of drawing and it was largely mind-blowing, entertaining and envy inspiring. However, for me it was really important to use the month to understand ink. I’m always frustrated when ink ruins pencil work. That’s one reason why I find working digitally pleasing.
So here was a chance to deal with those issues to find a way to really work with ink in way that works for me and I’m delighted at how some of the images are and can only be ink with a brush, with a nib, or from a technical pen. That’s ink’s beauty.
You can see them all on instagram.com/patchmiller.
I’m selling 7″x7″ prints (on Arches 300gsm watercolour paper) and the original artworks of most of these inktober posts. Please drop me a line if you’re interested.