What was I thinking, when I joined up with artists around the world for #inktober? Well, I didn’t think I’d be any good at it. I didn’t think anyone would notice my drawings. I didn’t think I could keep up with drawing in ink, every day, for 31 days.

I did think it was a cool idea: creating an image without a computer or ctrl-z. Normally, when I create an image, I’m writing code that generates that image. Yes, I do small sketches. But that’s usually for figuring out the math and geometry.

When I stared out, I would draw a grid first. Then I’d follow the grid with ink. It was fairly stiff, but I was drawing….and not with code.

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Eventually, I started to draw free-form. I was ready to leave the grid behind and take more inspiration from organic structures.

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For the rest of the month, I continued drawing free-hand and experimenting with drawing in ink.

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When I started, I wasn’t sure I could keep it up for even a week.

When the month ended, I wasn’t ready to stop. So, a friend and I have been continuing and using the hashtag #inkyDays.

I’ve done so many of these daily drawings now, that I’ve had to start a new sketchbook. I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to keep this up, but I’ll try for as long as I can and post them on my Patreon.

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Data Visualization Consultant. Generative and Data Artist. Creative Coder. Founder of GalaxyGoo. http://kristinhenry.github.io/

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