Stepping into Katie Cottle's dreamy colourscape
If you don’t know what Inktober is, it’s very simple - make a drawing for each day of October, based on a specific prompt. There’s the official prompt list but many artists and illustrators have created their own prompts to stick by. The beauty of Inktober is there is no real rules, and literally anyone who knows how to use a pen can take part. Inktober’s aim is to encourage positive drawing habits and to basically just get you busy ‘n’ making stuff; which I think is super crucial at this time of year as it starts getting colder, the days are getting shorter and everything just feels a little bit more tough. It can be harder to motivate yourself to keep creating when the winter blues hit, which is why a collaborative project such as Inktober can be so damn inspiring. I hope seeing some of these artists committing to the challenge can help motivate y’all and remind you that anyone can do it too! Doesn’t matter that it’s not October anymore. Let’s make every month an inky month.
The first of our Inktober features starts with Katie Cottle’s work. Katie took part in the ‘Shaketober’ challenge (which you can find here!), which was created by an illustration magazine/event in Bristol named Shake. She graduated from UWE with a BA in Illustration in 2017, and now lives and works in Bristol as a freelance illustrator. She tells stories using both digital and traditional techniques, with her colourful images full of plants, pets n lovable faces. I want to live in her worlds! You can follow her on Instagram here and have a lil looksie at her portfolio here :-) Here are a selection of her favourite images from the month!