A year ago, a colleague challenged me to take part in Inktober: creating 31 drawings in 31 days based on shared word prompts.

Back then, I set some rules for myself:

  • No stalling. The drawings have to be (relatively) quickly done.
  • Draw and publish in batches. This meant making 3-5 drawings over an evening (or two).
  • Pick a concept and go with it. I made few to no sketches. I thought about the prompt words and decided what I wanted the image to be. Sometimes, I wasn’t satisfied with the result and made another version, approaching the topic from another angle.

I started with paper and thin marker. Soon however, I discovered that I learned more if I worked digitally (tablet + pen). Being able to work in layers and re-do stuff quickly meant I could easily analyse and improve sections of the drawing that didn’t feel right yet.

This year, I’ve decided to add one major addition to my rules:

  • Build a story. As most of my drawings have characters (people, animals, …) in them, it’s a good exercise to explore these identities and worlds over multiple ’frames’.

I still prioritize speed over storytelling, so the stories are quite loosely woven. They feel more like concept art than a ’proper’ storyboarding excercise.

The same applies to this set: my first four entries to this Inktober 2020.

Where moody jazz is being played / by Elisa P, 2020

Where inattention may cost you dearly / by Elisa P, 2020

Where the hunters turn prey / by Elisa P, 2020