Now that the annual Inktober challenge is over, I face the challenge of winding down.
Maybe it’s related to my Aspergers/autism, but relaxing after periods of sustained “work” mode can be tricky. I’ve invested so much focus into dedicating a spot of my day to a serious piece of art (even though quality was/is affected by energy levels and inspiration, so some pieces aren’t as detailed, neat, or well-thought-out as they could be) that, come November 1st, it’s still sinking in that I don’t have to do a piece a day.
Obviously, I never had to—no one was forcing me—but my inner-artist was very persistent in reminding me that, like last year, I’d be very disappointed in myself if I let it go. Still, 31 prompts answered is an an achievement that I’m proud of.
Another achievement was giving my Tumblr sketch blog a bit of a boost by queuing up lots of sketches done on the side. A good sketching day saw 5-10+ new posts in the queue, and that constant update schedule has resulted in boosted interactions with my posts. Rather than most seeing no likes, but the occasional fanart getting 50+, 1 like became the minimum—even on sketches that weren’t fanart of an identifiable character.
On top of that, original sketches getting reblogs and comments is a big step, even if it’s still very small in the grand scheme of things. It makes me want to create more content!
Wow, this is such a change from last year. Around this time I was deflated!