Hello everyone! Happy Hump Day! Today I’ve got the last leg of Inktober 2017 sketches to share with you. Inktober is a worldwide art challenge where artists create a drawing each day for the month of October for a total of 31 drawings. To help out and inspire, there’s an official prompt list each year, although people are free to draw and doodle without this list.
I’ve been wanting to do Inktober ever since I first heard of it a few years ago. I could never summon up the inspiration to do a drawing a day, no matter how small, but this year I was determined to do it and see it through. I’m following the official prompts for 2017, all on the general theme of my mental illness and how I struggle with my own mind. Some of the sketches have descriptions, but I can’t really summon proper words for others.
I have completed my very first Inktober, and it feels great! I think it’s also given me more understanding of my own mind, which is very therapeutic.
October 25 – Ship
Learning to steer my ship through the storms isn’t easy. The storms are huge and my sails and rigging sometimes fail.
October 26 – Squeak
There are times where I think I’m bold and confident enough to grab an opportunity, but I don’t see that big cat behind me that pounces on me. Its name is No.
October 27 – Climb
October 28 – Fall
Fall is my favourite season, and the one time of year where my symptoms are rarely present. But I know they’re there somewhere, lurking. (Screw you, symptoms!)
October 29 – United
A terrible–but very common–love story is when depression and anxiety fall in love and join forces.
October 30 – Found
I’ve found that little spark of confidence, healing, understanding, and learning, and I’m wearing it like a talisman.
October 31 – Mask
And in the end
I want to be able to break off this leaden mask
And start to feel like my idea of normal
And be more of the person I know I am
Without my illness defining me.