Completing Inktober – The Final Stretch

Completing Inktober – The Final Stretch


[♫ Aldo Ink] [♫ Feral Doodle] [♫ Yes, it’s Aldo Ink] [♫ Escape while] [♫ you still can] It’s the final stretch of the challenge, you’ve only got a week left, and then you can throw your sketchbook into the fire and never touch a pen again, because YOU’ve just completed Inktober! Whoo! I’m missing the point of this event entirely! I should have done the cinnamon challenge
instead! Okay, so it’s the final stretch of the challenge, you’ve only got a week left; by now you probably know what you’re doing, and if not… I’m doing that thing where I throw my book
into the fire because I’m not cut out for Inktober! Whoo! So it’s the final stretch of the challenge, one week left to go, that’s 7 entries maximum. You know you can do this, but even if you can’t, you have gotten really far into this thing. What’s going through your head right now? “Throw my book into the fire!” NO! Do not throw your book into the fire, you’re ruining this video! [uncomfortable pause] But it was me all along… In all seriousness, by this point you should have a good feel for the challenge, and you might be relieved that it’s coming
to an end, but there’s a good chance you’ve actually nailed the whole drawing
a day thing, and you’re prepared to keep going. I personally feel a mixture of relief that I’ll be able to take a day off
soon, but also kind of sad(ness) that it’s coming
to an end. Despite all of the work that goes into it, it’s a genuinely fun time for me because it’s a chance to create a bunch
of illustrations with only a vague idea of what I’ll be doing
each day, and while I could be doing that at any time
of the year, I’m usually working on specific projects, and not creating a finished piece on such
a regular basis. This is the part of the challenge that can either see you securely finding your
rhythm, or leave you exhausted and somewhat broken, and if you push through it, you’ll have your answer one way or another whether it was worth it. However you feel, however many entries you’ve done, you should look back at what you’ve done and feel like you’ve accomplished something, because if you’ve got this far and are still
going, you’re doing well. This is usually the time when I start to slip. Halloween’s coming up, events are being announced and parties are being
thrown, and considering I’ve already had to work
these entries around my regular schedule, I now have a bunch of other stuff to work
around. Two years in a row I started an entry after attending a party that lasted past midnight, and one after coming home very late on Halloween. It’s a very personal thing how you react
to these types of things, but that situation is when I ask myself how important it is to get an entry done. The answer, if you look at my track record and Instagram
feed is “very”, because I’ve yet to skip a day. Throughout these videos, I’ve stressed on multiple occasions how unnecessary it is to put yourself in the
position of committing to completing every single day, at least as far as creating a complex finished
drawing; so I feel I need to say that you should not look at what I do as an example for what you should; because for various reasons, I feel I can’t miss a day, and I’ll do most of the things I advise
against doing because I’m a completionist. Also, most of the things I advise against doing are probably things I’ve done that I’d
rather not have. Despite the few days I have been in crisis
mode and forced myself to do a drawing when I probably should go to sleep, the last days are actually pretty chilled
out. Like I said earlier, by the final week, you’ve probably got this drawing a day thing
down, so even though it might have been a bit of
a slog, and you are pretty tired, the end is in sight, and you know what you’re doing, because you’ve got three and a bit weeks
experience behind you. You might be thinking to yourself that you never want to do this again, wondering why you thought Huevember would
be a good idea knowing it comes straight after; and you’ll start tearing up your to do list of other challenges that you know will be
even harder; but you’ve now done the challenge, at least the bulk of it, so you have a better idea of what to expect if you ever decide to do something like it
again. I apologise if I’m making it sound like
a huge ordeal – it probably won’t be. I’m just trying to cover all bases, and I don’t want to paint it as this magical
adventure that will be the best four and a bit weeks
of your life, because that’s kind of an unrealistic idea
to pitch to people. It’ll probably be a fairly middling experience – some bad points, some good; mostly neutral. Still magical at times, and you should improve your inking skills, as well as potentially develop a love for
India ink or some other art supplies you’ve tried
for the first time. If you reach this point and you’re raring to keep going even after
it ends, that’s great, because that’s how you want to feel. Art shouldn’t be a chore; it should be something you want to do, and if the challenge has made you realise drawing every day isn’t for you, then you’ll find a pace that works for you. In the three years I’ve done it, it’s been a good experience, and it is what you make of it, but the final week is probably the week you’re most likely to reflect on the whole experience, which is kind of interesting because it’s not yet over. When you get to this point, good luck with your last few days, and I hope you get what you want out of the
challenge. If this video hasn’t put you off subscribing
to my channel, be sure to hit that subscribe button. My usual upload days are Tuesday and Saturday, and I have a Patreon page if you would like to support my creative endeavours. This is video 21 in my Inktober Prep plalist so be sure to check out the rest of the videos. It’s not long until the end of the video, so all that’s left to say is “thanks for watching” [music] Then throw it in the fire… (trails off – don’t
throw things into the fire)

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