I really thought I'd be able to complete it this time, but alas, I didn't. I did manage to beat my "record" of 20 pieces, which is something and I'm glad to say that not many of my contributions were off-the-cuff doodles and were reasonably thought out and given the time they needed to "breathe".
Did I accomplish anything, I mean, Inktober is really about self-discovery, experimentation and learning tools/materials you might not have given time to, and I think I did. I began to love using ballpoint pens to ink with - quick, precise, versatile, lots of character - I think the only downside was the globbing up of ink, sometimes unpredictably, but that lent to its style. I didn't like that the ink I was using didn't get along with my white "gelly" pens, so I had to use more traditional opaque white for corrections.
So, what about next year?
Well, I would say bring it on, but as of yesterday I learned that the creator of Inktober has received money for endorsing Adobe products under the banner of Inktober, and subsequently, other companies have been denied carrying the Inktober banner. The idea of endorsements is a complex reality, and while I don't fault companies for wanting to be part of the community (any community, not just Inktober), putting your name and money into a free, open-to-everyone event, to the exclusion of other names, is disgusting, as it flies in the face of the idea of the event in the first place. Secondly, the fact that Inktober is intended for people to rediscover traditional media that a lot of people have overlooked, possibly in favour of digital media, and that now has been endorsed under the name of a 100% digital company, leaves a dirty taste in my mouth. Its smacks of hypocrisy. Do I blame Jake Parker? Yes and no. He is obviously the father of Inktober and has taken steps to promote and develop the brand - because that's obviously how he sees it now, rather than a trend, or an event. He wants to make money from it, perhaps has for many years (the Artsnacks monthly boxes come to mind), but in my opinion this decision flies in the face of the original mission statement, and dilutes it. Although I've done a few inktober pieces 100% digitally, its mostly due to convenience; most of my Inktober contributions are done to the message of Inktober: get your hands dirty and back to inking. Mr. Parker's decision to allow Adobe to put their name on Inktober, and force other companies NOT to be a part of it, is not part of a welcoming community, but a commercial, exclusive one. Not sure I want to contribute to that.
Anyhoo, for me its on to NaNoWriMo, though it is with mixed feelings. I want to finish the stories I started last year in the event, but not sure I can commit to it with the rest of the things on my plate.