As I'm sure a lot of you know, I participated in Inktober this month. My own rules were to create a greyscale/black and white drawing every day before midnight, following the official prompts here.
I experimented with a lot of styles in the month, ranging from using references to creating cutesy drawings from scratch. I've noticed some patterns in my daily drawings, such as a lot of animals and use of crosshatching. Some of the drawings I'm proud of, some I really rushed. Yesterday, I posted at 12:20 AM, not following my initial rules. However, thinking about it, I don't think posting by a certain time is important for these types of challenges, for me. I have a lot of respect for those like Picolo-kun and Cryptid-Creations who can make it by a certain time, but for me it just unnecessarily stresses me out, especially because I stay up past midnight a lot.
Other stuff I've learned from Inktober:
I have a weird interest in bugs? I drew so many!
Rushing to make an ugly sketch to make it by a certain time isn't worth it. Sometimes I'm better off sleeping.
Daily or near-daily practice is really important in improving art, no matter how difficult to find the time.
Cutesy cartoon-like drawings are currently my strong suit (what I and others seem to like most) while I have trouble with more complicated pen designs.
Drawing from a prompt is helpful when I don't have anything to draw but can hinder my creativity when I have another really good idea.
Colors are not everything in a drawing! It's really important to learn how to form actual drawings and shapes.
I hope you've learned along with me and enjoyed this month. Now I have more time to create full-scale drawings; I want to do more digital soon. Thanks for sticking with me!