What is Inktober

If you have been online in last couple of days you may have noticed a number of drawings with a hashtag of inktober or inktober2018. What is world wide phenomenon that is taking place? Keep reading and see how you can be apart of this fun experience. 

What is inktober? 

Inktober began in 2009 thanks to an artist who refers to himself as Mr Jake Parker. Jake says on the Inktober website that he started Inktober as a way of challenging himself to improve his ‘inking skills’ and as a way of ‘developing positive drawing habits’.

More and more drawing enthusiasts take part in Inktober each year. Those who participate range from individuals who enjoy drawing stick figures to professional comic book artists, and everyone in between! 

I have participated off and on over the past few years, but I never made the time to stick with it daily. All of that changes this year. I was determined that I would participate everyday for the month of October. I also am aiming to follow the prompts as long as I am inspired by them. Otherwise, I will just ink my own drawing to keep the momentum. 

Even Thai have not participated every day since starting, Inktober is something I look forward to with my fellow artists. I think it’s a simple and amazing concept. It makes artists either professional or amateur do something fun and perhaps outside of their comfort zone. 

How to take part in Inktober . . .

Inktober is a ‘simple concept’. If you are into art you will often see drawing challenges on different social media platforms – Inktober is no different!

1) The idea is to draw something every day for the whole month of October. But as it says on the Inktober website – challenge yourself to something attainable. If you can only manage to create a drawing every other day make that your aim!

2) If you are looking for inspiration on what to draw you will find a handy prompt list on the Inktober website, right here!  

3) Your Inktober drawings have to be in ink but you can do a pencil under-drawing, and include color if you like. 

4) You will need to post your drawings online using the hashtags #Inktober and this year #Inktober2018.

Here is my interpretation of the word Tranquil. For me, octopus’s are tranquil and calming to observe. 

Why do artists take part in Inktober?

I cannot speak for everyone but for me this is why I am participating. I will be able to see my skills evolve over the month. You’re a better artist because of it.

I recommend anyone to try and commit to this challenge, it will make you a better, more organised artist. Also it will help you to think and create outside of your comfort zone. If you cannot participate all 31 days, that’s okay! Even if you can only draw one sketch, you have had a share in Inktober. 

Have you shared in this world did celebration before? What do you like about it most? Share a photo in the comments below with your Inktober drawing! 


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