Friday, October 13, 2017

Inktober and Intentions

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I started Inktober on 1st, as is supposed to be, and so far I am able to keep up the momentum though on two occasions I had to summon myself to do it. If I hesitate in the beginning itself, I lag in what I do but if I like the topic, the artist or if it's something that would sound like a challenge to me then I usually complete it. So mostly I don't take up such 'events' unless and until it's something irresistible.  I came to know about Inktober in 2015 but didn't take part the last two years. This year I felt it's unavoidable. This is of course a challenge as is to many simply coz you need to draw/sketch every single day for the whole month. It's good for honing your skill, a kind of exercise - meditation, and then obviously by the end of the month you would have a good number of works or at least a good number of what you have practiced. It's a win-win situation. In case you would like to see and read what my take is and what I had done the first week, you could click  HERE.

Since I am doing Insects...I am actually observing them a lot either in person and/or in photographs...reading on some of them, getting to know some facts and wondering how insignificant we think they are. Particularly with all the incidents and violence happening around, man against man/nature/and everything else, I am very often reminded of a saying; something like, everyone can not do great things but everyone can do small things in a great way. We don't usually try to remember that. I have always seen that people take softness for weakness. But they fail to realize that it takes courage to be delicate in a world this cruel where emotions/feelings/thoughts are crushed mercilessly without even a second thought. Being rude/harsh/cruel is easy. It takes effort to be delicate/considerate; it has to be done with mindful intention. 

"What do you think about it?"

The images are not in chronological order. I placed  it in a way that I felt good to look at.


I couldn't accommodate this stinkbug in the box.

"To those who are participating and even otherwise who try to practice daily, are you able to keep up the momentum? What challenges do you face?"

Friday, October 6, 2017

Inktober2017 - Tiny! But Me.

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"31 Days 31 Drawings.
Every October artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge and do one ink drawing a day the entire month. Inktober was created by artist Jake Parker as a challenge to improve inking skills and develop positive drawing habits."

This is what Inktober states.

I am attempting Inktober for the very first time. I just hope that I can keep up the momentum and complete all 31.

official Inktober 2017 prompts

Moving away from the official Inktober prompt, I decided to do insects. Tiny lives which aren’t worth living as we humans consider it. In the current times when people don’t value the lives of other people, how can we even think of such tiny lives! I think it all starts from home...when parents teach the value of life even of the tiniest of beings. Everything is valuable to our home – the Earth...Mother Nature. Not one should be overpowered or over shadowed by the other. As our favourite writer in Malayalam, Vaikom Muhammed Basheer, says “Bhoomiyude avakasigal” (Heirs of the Earth). 

dragonfly, colorado potato beetle
honey bee, lantern fly
wasp, praying mantis

So who else is doing Inktober?