Today is October 31st and the final day of the Inktober challenge. Although I started a few days late (my first submission was on October 5th) I managed to maintain my streak. I see this as a great accomplishment and a reminder to myself what I am capable of.
At the beginning, I intended to draw one woman in history per day. I begin this final day of Inktober having drawn 17 women out of the 26 total drawings so far. Again, I am proud of this because I had set myself a difficult task. With my focus on queer and trans women, I had first to make sure that they identified themselves as such. I feel that it is important for people to tell the world who they are, not the other way around.
This took time I didn’t always have, so I cut myself some slack on busy days and made sure to draw SOMETHING. Drawing from life is always invaluable, so I took advantage of my travels and drew the people around me.
Now that this challenge is (nearly) over, I find myself thinking about my next challenge. I have long wanted to create videos where I talk about the different women I have studied so far. I had worried about production values, making sure I put out a quality product. Now I see that I should just start. Some videos will be pretty rough until I get the hang of it, but that won’t take away from their value. After all, it takes time to form a habit, and every little bit helps.