When you’re fed up with the world, and with social media, but it’s still your “playground,” you have to do something. My “something” this month is #Inktober2018 (it is, to art, what NaNoWriMo is to writing). I don’t expect to rise, fully, to the 30 day challenge of #Inktober, nor do I expect too complete a NaNoWriMo novel this year. But I do intend to dive in, to revel in the creative energy, and to take a break from those things that leave me feeling depleted and angry by participating in both.
I ordered my #Inktober supplies on Friday – a big sketchbook with perforated (removable) pages, and a set of black ink pens ranging from itty-bitty, teeny-tiny points to a fat brush marker. I have no idea what I’m doing. I thought I’d browse online for some clues, last night, and I found this YouTube channel, Mary Doodles. And that led me to an app called Amino. Amino led me to numerous creative communities online – all of which appear to be supportive, fun, and well-moderated. Now, if you’re a the parent of a teen, reading this, there is reason for caution: members can create their own interest-based communities. Interactions are anonymous (and identities may be set differently in each community, meaning I could be Tom in one, Jerry in another, and Tweety Bird in a third). But in the larger, well-moderated communities like Art, the rules are pretty strict and well-enforced. There are enough members to keep everyone engaged and focused. Most notably, there’s a lack of political ugliness, and with offices in the New York and Shanghai, it’s got an international flair.
So, for October – Inktober2018, and November – #NaNoWriMo2018, I’ll be hanging out here, and there. Mostly.
I’ll also be voting. Make no mistake, I will be voting.
A few people have asked me about supplies, and which pens I’m using. Really, any pens and paper will do, but I got the Bellofy 100-Sheet Sketchpad Artist Pro, Watercolor, Acrylic Art Pad for Sketching, Ink Sketch Book, Coloring Notebook – 98 Ib/160 g/m2-9 x 12 in Multi-Media Spiral Notebook, Drawing Paper, Drawing Pad and the ~ 10 Black Micro-Pen Fineliner Master Markers with Cotton Bag and eBook ~ Calligraphy Tip Nibs,Waterproof Archival Ink Pens ~ Technical Drawing,Writing,Artist Illustration,Office Documents,Sketching by art2magic