This is as far as I'm going to go with Inktober this year, folks. I was halfway through an image last night when I realised I just wasn't having fun anymore.
I'm pretty stubborn about completing what I start and I always want to take on a million projects at once, which isn't a great combination. It's rare for me to acknowledge that I'm getting burnt out and give myself permission to stop and rest.
So, what started as an exercise is drawing quickly and letting go of my mistakes is instead turning into an opportunity to practice self-care. I’m disappoined that I didn’t make it the whole way, of course, but I’m also proud of myself for continuing on through my dark PMDD days and realising when the amount of effort was no longer equal to the amount of enjoyment. Quitting on my terms, for my own well-being feels almost as good as completing the whole month.
Here are the final two images I completed before waving the white flag. The majority of my Inktober illustrations will be available in my Etsy store, if you are interested. Now, back to the tarot deck..