Inktober Inspiration

Inktober is the annual drawing challenge in October for artist of all skill levels. The goal is to work on your drawing skills by completing a drawing every day during the month of October. Here are some resources at Canton Public Library for inspiration and skills to practice. 

Learning to draw in pencil has never been so easy! With Just for Fun: Drawing, aspiring artists and art enthusiasts who have never before picked up a pencil can follow incredibly simple step-by-step instructions and discover how to draw everyday subjects. Each featured subject starts with basic lines and shapes, and slowly progresses with each new step to a fully rendered, completed drawing. 

Written for art students and beginners who want to illustrate for comics and graphic novels, this book provides a thorough grounding in drawing the human form. This comprehensive self-teaching course for illustrators features more than 150 instructive color illustrations.

Trees are a perennially inspiring subject for artists. Think of their beautiful multicolored leaves in the fall, or the way the snow settles on their branches in the winter. Start by learning how to identify trees and leaves, their benefit and life stages, the oldest trees, famous forests, and other fascinating aspects and phases of growth. Then, use this inspiration paired with charming prompts to draw the diverse beauty of these endlessly captivating and beautiful subjects.

Also available in: e-book

Hone your drawing skills and you eye for design by learning to draw in black and white. Working with only positive and negative lines and shapes keeps the focus on the basics: composition, balance, and harmony. And using white and black gel, ink, and paint pens on black, tan, and gray papers allows you to experience drawing in a whole new way!

The joyful feeling of creating art is at your fingertips with Drawing for Joy. In Drawing for Joy, author and illustrator Stephanie Peterson Jones offers beginning artists a low-stress way to build a successful daily drawing practice in just 15 minutes a day. The accessible series of 52 week-by-week exercises, each with 7 drawing prompts or starts, teaches readers how to draw by exploring line, texture, pattern, and color. 

The Art of Ballpoint offers a historical perspective of the pen as an art medium and how it has grown in popularity. The book explores the work, methods, and themes of over 30 leading contemporary artists who draw in many styles ranging from intensely realistic classical drawings, to modern abstractions, graphic illustration, location sketching and street art styles, A detailed section on ballpoint techniques will discuss and demonstrate line drawing and crosshatching, shading and tone, photo-realism, drawing texture and pattern, working in layers, and mixing media with ballpoint. 

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