HELLO AND WELCOME TO MY CRASH COURSE IN ART*
*I'm by no means a teacher or w/e and only wish to lend u any information I've obtained in my time in art school
So I've noticed (as well as the mod team) there are a handful of people that may be confused on the following things:
1. What is the purpose/idea of Inktober / What is inking
2. what are some basic tips and techniques that will help you successfully accomplish a Inking composition
3. How to translate what would be a traditional Inking composition to digital
4. The difference between an inking composition and a monochrome composition
With that being said, I AM NOT TELLING YOU HOW TO DO UR ARTWORK!!!! these are just the basics of how to complete a Inktober composition and what will be an acceptable submission for this event!
So starting with Question 1:
The original purpose of Inktober was to help an artist, by the name of Jake Parker, hone his skill/craft in art- namely inking! Taken from [ his website ] directly:
"I created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits."
Inking itself can be attributed to a composition (or piece of artwork) that involves working with lines, line weight & using lines to shade and create depth within a piece.
Now you're probably thinking "what the heck does this all mean"
I'll just show you!
Here are some examples of the said techniques and tips
great segue into question 2, ik
Using lines to create shading & depth
And another example of it being used to shade actual things:
Here are some examples of some Inktober artists using said techniques to create depth in their works:
And finally question 3!
(For this post, i'll be using Paint Tool Sai but it should all look the same across different programs!)
Attempting to translate what is usually a traditional (pen & paper) concept to digital is just just a simple as it should be in real life.
Whereas in inking you would have an assortment of pens maybe even a fancy weighted paper, You have an assortment of brush sizes using your preferred art program:
You may have to switch around different settings and different Pen types ( pens or hard brushes work the same.) You should be able to achieve the same sort of goal when you are finished with your piece. These would be the same sort of pens you would use for line-art!
Here are some of my personal favorite pens (for inking) that I've obtained over the years:
Smooth Stroke Pen
Changes with the pressure of your hand
Blunt End Pen
Does not change according to pressure
Also a quick search on an art website [ such as deviantart ], will give you more line-art brushes than you can imagine!
Many of you may be confused on what is accepted as entries for this event, but the answer is simple and easy! if it can be completed with a pen/ inking utensil, it will be acceptable for the event! MEANING, not everything needs to be line art! ink washing is perfectly acceptable to include in your works.
Here are some examples of said Ink washing in some Inktober pieces:
Fully rendered monochrome artworks would not be acceptable for this event. Here are some examples:
and Tada u just got 2 semesters worth of information
*cries in broke*
Of course, you don't have to use all these techniques at once to create an inktober composition, but view it as an arsenal of things you can incorporate into your drawing to effectively convey your ideas! The rules are still the same, but the method in which you complete them are endless(-ish)!
!!! AS FOR DAY 1 OF THE EVENT:
Since this information was not readily available for everyone, everyone will get a pass for day 1! You can choose to redo your piece or keep it as is, but you should be following this lil tutorial for your future artworks!
and a last side note, If you'd like any more information or feel like you have a question, feel free to PM me or any of the mods(preferably the event mods) to further explain anything in more detail!