So how did Inktober 2016 go? A quick recap

Inktober recap 2016

It’s the end of November already! Wow where do the days go, this is insane.
Remember that I wanted to give it a go this year? And it went pretty ok actually. For the first time in a while I’ve been on fire, cranked out sketches like crazy(My lazy ass alter ego is impressed, so..). Browsed the inktober hastags on instagram and hot damn there were so many good pieces tagged there! Instead of getting discouraged(like I normally would), it actually gave me that well-needed kick in the butt and off I went. I experimented with new techniques and just had fun with it. I’ve been so inspired!

Let’s have a look at 6 of my favorite drawings from Inktober 2016.

I mostly used the same old pens I always draw with, plus adding another fountain pen to my collection. This time with grey ink in a converter cartrigde! The drawings look so clean when I do my rough sketch with greys instead of blacks, makes the minimalist in me cheer and dance. Mmmmm… purity.

Inktober 2016

So did I complete the entire month?


I would say that I got halfway. Fair enough. Then I had to prioritize some freelance gigs that I chose to accept. You never know when opportunities strike… I haven’t been hard on myself for not finishing though, having fun felt more important than being perfect! Besides, some of these are results of a second, or even third attempt before having a drawing that I was somewhat happy with. I guess that’s worth mentioning too, gotta be transparent about those artistic struggles!

I’m definitely participating next year as well, hopefully I won’t jinx it. I know for sure that it’s growing on me. Ever since I gave inks an honest chance a year ago, I’m even more convinced that it’s one of my favorite media to work in.

Did you participate? How did it go?




  1. MarschelArts 29 November, 2016 at 11:18

    I did participate in Inktober.. sort of… I failed :(
    I made it to about half of the days. Mostly because I tried to do too much. I started to tell a little story with the drawings, which got out of hand and I also had to switch focus to a freelance gig I got during October. I try not to be too hard on myself, since for me inktober is about having fun while learning to work with ink. It just makes me a little grumpy that, once again, I overestimated myself and underestimated the time I needed :). I still work on the story now and then. I’m at image 20 now, will finish it during December and publish it on my blog alongside the written part.
    All in all I like inktober. It is a good challenge and seeing all the awesome ink work of other artists is a big boost in motivation. Also it showed me that Ink is a fun tool. I always shied away from it before did my first inktober in 2015. Now I use it on a regular basis for sketches, studies in the wild and free time painting.

  2. Andrea 2 December, 2016 at 17:03

    Hey I don’t think you failed! :) Halfway is good! Sounds like you were in the same situation as me, I also agree bout that it should be meant for having fun. Looking forward to see your story! Will it be finished by the end of December?

  3. MarschelArts 2 December, 2016 at 18:46

    I’ll try to get them done during December. Since it is not Inktober anymore, I might close the story a few images sooner. More for reasons of pacing than time. I really stretched the idea to get to 31 images :D
    it is also nothing.. special or creative. But you’ll see. As soon as it is done, I’ll make a bigger Blogpost about it :)

    1. Andrea 8 December, 2016 at 19:25

      Looking forward to it!!


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