Leiden Art Director Lexi Keelan does Inktober

All the way back in October, our art director Lexi Keelan took part in Inktober. Her illustrations were too cute not to share so we asked her to tell us a little bit more about them.


Emma: What is inktober?

Lexi: Inktober is an Instagram art prompt challenge that was created by Jake Parker.

The challenge takes place in October annually and participants produce an ink drawing each day for the whole month. There is an official prompt list brought out each year, but a lot of artists have started making their own or following other artist’s lists.

E: What made you want to participate?

L: I have wanted to join in for a couple of years but never thought I would have the time. It creates such a nice community between artists on Instagram and seeing all my favourite creatives support each other made it more appealing to me.

This year I decided to just go for it after I saw a really fun prompt list by @furrylittlepeach that looked simple enough to follow.

E: Which was your favourite of the illustrations you did during the month?

L: It’s so hard to choose because they were all fun! But I would have to go with day ten, statue. This one made me smile when I drew it as it has a little story behind it from my recent trip to Greece.

E: What did you learn about your practice by taking part?

L: I learned that I can actually complete a prompt challenge!

To my surprise, I also learned that my style has developed into something I really enjoy and I no longer feel restricted by some of the rules you learn when you study art, the main one being anatomy. I used to feel like I had to make sure everything was properly proportioned and anatomically correct but I have found a freedom in the illustrations I am creating now and I think it’s just more me.

E: Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to take part next year?

L: Give it a try even if you think you can’t do it. Anyone can join, it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a pro!

Look at a bunch of prompt lists and pick one that suits your interests.

Try and plan ahead by looking at the next few days and think about what you’re going to draw or scribble down some thumbnail sketches.

Follow Lexi on Instagram @art.by.lexi


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