Inktober

Eight years ago, a man by the name of Jake Parker challenged himself to draw using ink as his sole medium for the month of October. This challenge has now become a worldwide fad, changing the face of artisans distributing their work in the media world today. Three highly skilled art students here at RUC (Bethany Boville, Jocelyn Boville, and Emma Vanderploeg) have followed in the footsteps of Jake Parker and hopped on board the INKtober initiative this month.

 

“You can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. Whatever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better. That's it! Now go make something beautiful” (Jake Parker).

Bethany Boville (@beth.b.artist) I call this “The Huntsman” — I've been following a series of fantasy character inspiration prompts this October. For this piece, I was thinking a lot about what a huntsman looks like in different magical works, but also the Canadian hunter. So in the end I have this sort of mythological Canadian huntsman who carries magic wands and wears an oxygen tank. The prompts are always hard because I want to create a new way of interpreting classical characters. Working in black in white was also a challenge because it really changes how you make a composition.

Bethany Boville (@beth.b.artist)

I call this “The Huntsman” I've been following a series of fantasy character inspiration prompts this October. For this piece, I was thinking a lot about what a huntsman looks like in different magical works, but also the Canadian hunter. So in the end I have this sort of mythological Canadian huntsman who carries magic wands and wears an oxygen tank. The prompts are always hard because I want to create a new way of interpreting classical characters. Working in black in white was also a challenge because it really changes how you make a composition.

Emma Vanderploeg (@emmascreative) I like to call this drawing “The Happy Hipster” because really, what hipster isn't happy with a fancy cup of coffee? I found the biggest struggle with this drawing was where to place the coffee and the hands. That's really why I'm doing the INKtober challenge, so I can work on improving my drawing composition skills. It’s not to try to draw every day, I already do enough of that on my notes during class!

Emma Vanderploeg (@emmascreative)

I like to call this drawing “The Happy Hipster” because really, what hipster isn't happy with a fancy cup of coffee? I found the biggest struggle with this drawing was where to place the coffee and the hands. That's really why I'm doing the INKtober challenge, so I can work on improving my drawing composition skills. It’s not to try to draw every day, I already do enough of that on my notes during class!

Jocelyn Boville (@penofjocelynboville) This year I followed a set of prompt words from #mosseryinktober and the word for the day was “write.”  I wanted to illustrate how writing can bring life, growth, and flourishing. One of the hardest parts about drawing with pen is that the artwork can feel very flat, so I am trying to push myself this year to add depth to my work. I've also been thinking a lot more about the meaning of the daily prompt words and striving to create interesting and thought provoking artwork.

Jocelyn Boville (@penofjocelynboville)

This year I followed a set of prompt words from #mosseryinktober and the word for the day was “write.”  I wanted to illustrate how writing can bring life, growth, and flourishing. One of the hardest parts about drawing with pen is that the artwork can feel very flat, so I am trying to push myself this year to add depth to my work. I've also been thinking a lot more about the meaning of the daily prompt words and striving to create interesting and thought provoking artwork.