Last year's Inktober is when I really felt myself evolving in my art (going from "I need people to get what I mean or my art is bad" to "I'm making this for me and other people 'getting it' is a bonus"), so I really enjoyed being able to do it all again with that new mindset and a year's worth of improvement. It felt much easier to get my ideas on the page and get lines right the first time instead of needing to try over and over. I also feel genuinely happy with how my pieces turn out, instead of stressing about how I should have done this or that. It's a good feeling to like what I do.
I don't draw as much as I'd like in the "off-season" (aka not Inktober). When I do sit down with the pens I always enjoy it, but when I've gone a bit without drawing, it feels like a huge ordeal to start up again. I just need to keep reminding myself that it's worth that emotional energy to start.
I decided on a whim to try out mini-landscape creation inside of various boxes and Altoids tins, and I'm so glad I did. It was so much fun creating the fantasy scenes, and always made me smile a bit when I closed a box and opened it back up again to see tiny creatures in their own little world. I definitely will be returning to this style of crafting in the future.
Every so often, since I was a kid, I'd try my hand at writing poetry. I plan to be better about posting them in their own individual posts, but for the ones written before I started reliably updating this website, I'll be putting them in this post, separated by lines. Most of them don't have titles, and I don't plan on making any for them. Some of these are in my zine, some are on Instagram, and some are only here. Enjoy.
During the summer I go to a lot of music festivals, and one of my favorite parts is the tradition of giving away or trading "kandi," aka bead jewelry that tends to have words, phrases, or trinkets attached to them. This year, along with making a huge array of general words or phrases, I also made Pokemon kandi out of Pokemon cards and Pride kandi with various queer identities and content. I find creating them to be very relaxing, and seeing the look on someone's face when you give one away is priceless.
This Inktober I feel like I really grew into my art - I was always so worried before about people "getting" my art, but as I drew the first prompt Poisonous, I decided to just drew what meant something to me, regardless of whether other people would understand some of the choices of my work. This bloomed into a self-realization of how much stress I had in myself about people's perception of my work vs my personal perception of it. It's changed a lot about how I approach my work, and I can't express how relieving it has been.
I've never fully completed a NaNoWriMo challenge, but I still enjoy taking the month of November to write more than usual. For 2016 and 2017, this took the form of writing a horror story anthology, and I decided afterwards to make a document just for it. It's not edited beyond the little I did during that time, and maybe one day I'll return to it, but for now I'm happy with how it turned out.
My first Inktober! I'd never used ink pens before, and it was a lot of fun figuring out how they worked and which methods produced the looks I wanted.