There’s always a touch of sadness when something ends, even when we’ve been looking forward to that ending. So it is with Inktober for me. In a lot of ways, I know I checked out a few days early, losing some of that excitement and enthusiasm I felt at the beginning of the month. Toward the end it was sometimes hard to concentrate on all the squiggly-wiggly lines I was making, difficult to concentrate on the illusions I wanted to create with my pen and ink. Sometimes over these last few days, all I’ve wanted was to breathe that sigh of relief and say “Thank goodness, it’s over.”
And now, it really is over. I won’t be doing any more silly searches, I’ll send Cheeky Monkey Mind back to the jungle from whence he came, and I won’t be planning my drawing time around my Inktober trees. Yes, it really is over for 2019.
I’m happy with my final Inktober drawing. Our prompt words — friend, mask, slice, ripe, tree — brought us to the avocado, no doubt because of slice and ripe, and I’d never before seen an avocado tree. The closest I’ve come is by attempting to sprout an avocado pit. That was a very popular thing to do back in the seventies, and I remember it wasn’t all that easy.
But, I digress. I’d never seen a real avocado tree, and I was surprised at what I found when I went browsing for reference photos. Take a look at all these avocados!
I considered drawing this. I was fascinated by all those avocados! I still am, but that’s beside the point. In the end, I chose a different reference photo.
First, here’s my final Inktober 2019 drawing.
As I said, I’m happy with this drawing. I’m happy because it means I’ve come to the end of Inktober, but that’s not the only reason. I was pleased with this because the photo I chose gave me an opportunity to showcase a few of the things I’ve learned over the past few weeks.
Along with my daily Inktober drawing, I’ve also spent time doing additional pen and ink exercises. I’ve tried different pens. I’ve used different inks. I’ve learned different techniques, and I’ve had a chance to practice specific things — such as putting objects in front of other objects. I’ve learned to do ground cover, I’ve improved my abilities to shade with ink, and I’ve even learned to do a few light diagonal strokes to suggest the sky. Over the past few weeks, I’ve worked on drawing trees, texturing the bark, creating leaves, and putting fenceposts into my scenes.
And so for today’s final drawing, I chose a single tree — from an article asking “How Big Do Avocado Trees Get?” — and I added fenceposts with a bit of barbed wire. There’s a little background there, and a suggestion of a grassy landscape. By the way, the answer to the question is “Pretty big!”
All that remains now is to do a bit of reflecting, looking back over the month, and evaluating all I’ve learned. It’s been a very good month for me and my ink-drawing skills. It’s been a good month for Cheeky Monkey Mind, too, and as he bids you farewell, I’d like to join with him in thanking you for following along with us this month. We’ve climbed a lot of trees, swung from one branch to another, and even learned a few things — such as:
- Don’t plant Bradford pear trees
- Don’t eat oleander
- Avocado trees do indeed get very large
I’ve learned a lot of other things, too. And most of all, I’ve had fun. All the same, I’m very glad Inktober is over for another year.
CHEEKY MONKEY MIND says GOOD-BYE! See you next Inktober.