I’ve Been Waiting So Long!

“So long… I’ve been looking too hard, I’ve been waiting too long
Sometimes I don’t know what I will find, I only know it’s a matter of time…”

Those are the opening words of a Foreigner song, and I’ve been singing them lately. I’ve been waiting — quite impatiently — for the official Inktober 2020 prompt list. As the lyrics suggest, I didn’t know what I would find, and yes, it was only a matter of time.

Now, finally, after checking and double-checking my emails every day and making frequent visits to Jake Parker’s website, I have the confounded thing! And yes, I find it confounding because some of these prompt words are real doozies!

Here it is, folks:

With the unveiling of the Inktober prompts, it’s time for me to get serious about what I’m going to do. I’m still undecided, and thankfully I have a few weeks left, so here’s hoping that Cheeky Monkey Mind and I will figure this all out. Yes, Cheeky has to be part of Inktober. Chasing him around the internet last October was exasperating at times, but mostly it was a lot of fun, and I learned a lot through it all.

Note: If you’re new to the blog, you haven’t yet met Cheeky. Just browse back through posts from last October, and you’ll see who he is and what a merry chase he led me on as we inked our way through 31 days of drawing!

I want to incorporate alcohol inks — I think. I might want to do landscapes — I think. Or maybe I want to work with poetry or quotations — I think.

I think… therefore I am CONFUSED! But at least the waiting is over. I can stop wondering about the prompt list and start focusing on whatever preparations I need to make for the upcoming event. I’ve been gathering up my pens, my inks, my drawing papers. Now, if only I could come up with a plan!



      1. Hehe, you’re welcome. So, to switch to classic editor in computer, go to the upper left corner of the screen and you’ll see a blue button with a plus sign on it. After you click on that, you can browse in it and you’ll find Classic option. Click on that. I hope this helps. If it doesn’t, please do say so, I’ll make a post about it with pictures.πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜„πŸ˜

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      2. OK, right! That switches it to the “Classic Block”. That’s what I’ve been using most of the time. It’s not completely the same as the “Classic Editor”, but it’s definitely better than using the new “block” method! I guess that’s the best we can do now. 😦 I just wish they would leave our editors alone! LOL

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  1. I am on the fence about Inktober. Last year, I did sketchaday app for 300 straight days, but I lost my steam during the July Pandemic Funk. sketchaday used the inktober prompts last year. I feel like I improved my drawing a lot in those 300 days, but I got to a point where I just want to paint.

    I may try inktober, as I am not good at working in ink and I still need to up my drawing game.

    There is also a thing called Sketchtember going on somewhere, but I didn’t have my mind centered enough to dive in with that.

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    1. I have mixed feelings about ink! It’s a real challenge for me since my drawing skills aren’t exceptionally strong, yet I know it’s a great way to improve! I’ve made it all the way through Inktober twice now, so I’d love to do it again, but I just can’t settle on a “theme” — that’s what has helped me complete the challenge in the past. I have a few ideas in my head, but I’m not sure if I have the artistic wherewithal to bring them into being. I’m practicing now with various ink techniques — I’ll be posting about them soon — so I’ll probably give it a try. Oil painting is my true love, so I don’t want to set that completely aside. Drawing with ink can be very time-consuming, though. Especially for an impatient person like me!

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      1. Yes! I’m going to incorporate alcohol ink into my Inktober drawings for that very same reason. Even though I do love the starkness of black and white, I want to use color, too!


      2. Definitely skip a day if you need to! The purpose of a good challenge is to give us opportunities to learn and grow, to improve our skills. We don’t have to follow all the rules nor do we have to complete all the prompts, or do the challenge every day. I think I’ve decided that my theme these year will be along the lines of “experimental art with ink” — giving me an opportunity to try a lot of different things. My results will probably be a mix of good, bad, and downright ugly, but I think I’ll learn a lot in the process.


  2. I am happy to hear you will do Inktober despite of of the “allegations” of Dunn about Parker’s book, thank you for having some sense. Let’s keep creating something amazing!
    If you were no aware about the matter, I prefer share you this video.

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    1. Thanks! I was not aware of the controversy. I wasn’t even aware that Jake Parker had put out a book on the “all-year” version of Inktober. I’m not a fan of doing Inktober all year. I shared a little information on the idea here in the blog, but I wasn’t interested in it for myself. Since I first heard about Inktober — in 2016 — it’s been a special time of the year. I wasn’t able to do more than a feeble attempt in 2016. I’d just started learning to draw the year before and knew nothing about ink drawing, really. In 2017, I did manage to do a few drawings, but I couldn’t get through the whole month. Finally in 2018 I did an ink drawing every day. Last year I chose a central theme — trees — and once again completed the entire month, even doing a couple “extra” drawings. It’s a time of the year I look forward to now because I know it will challenge me to challenge myself. I’m sorry to hear of all the controversy and the possible plagiarism. That definitely mars the excitement of Inktober 2020. Still, I think I want to move forward with the project I have in mind. Whatever Jake Parker has or has not done… it shouldn’t keep me from pursuing my art and improving my ability to express myself through ink drawings. Thanks again for bringing this to my attention.

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    1. Gettin’ Sketchy was fun, as usual. I’m sure Matt will have the replay posted soon. I did a graphite drawing, and while it’s not great, it is a finished sketch, all done in 45 minutes. I enjoyed watching both Matt and Ashley draw, each using a different medium.

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