You may have seen some of the social media posts on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #Inktober, #Inktober17 or #Inktober2017. It’s a month-long artistic challenge that requires a person to execute and post an ink-themed piece of art, each October day. I already knew that I didn’t have time to do a new piece every day, so I decided to participate by posting existing pieces. Considering The Art of Lax™ is primarily done in pen & ink, it was a no brainer. By posting existing pieces done in the past, it was a good way to look back at the work. It also made me think of the medium of choice, and why it has been my primary choice.
I was always a doodler ever since grade school. If a class did not capture my attention I would discreetly draw in my notebooks. The medium in hand was the ink pen that was supposed to be used for taking notes. Teachers reprimanded me for my doings. Classmates complimented me for being confident in using a pen instead of a pencil. I knew I was good at it.
“You think textbooks are expensive in college?…”
That black, pen & ink tool in grade school was just cents in a Manhattan stationary store. Today, some stores sell it for a couple of dollars, but I was lucky to find it for .89 cents at one discount place. It’s still my main weapon of use – or a comfort zone. I’ve always been a frugal person, especially with art supplies. You think textbooks are expensive in college?… try buying art supplies in an art school. Honestly, I laugh when I see an ink pen labeled as a ‘Professional Artists’ grade and sold for an absurd price.
So, for the rest of October’s #Inktober, while it’s good to look back at past creations and see constant improvement, it’s also a confidence booster to see the same pen being used since the beginning of it all – my doodling days. And not having to ‘break the bank account’ in order to be good, is a VERY GOOD thing. That you will still have to put in the countless hours of work, no matter how good you are. Remember, it’s ALWAYS the Magician and NEVER the Wand.