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Happy Inktober!

It’s officially October! You know what that means right? No—not just colorful leaves, rain boots, and pumpkin spice lattes.

It’s Inktober!

Every October, artists and designers around the world participate in the Inktober drawing challenge by creating one ink drawing every day for the entire month.

Created in 2009 by illustrator Jake Parker, Inktober’s goals are to help improve people’s inking skills and “develop positive drawing habits.” Everyday, there’s a one-word prompt for the drawing. This not only pushes artists to try drawing new subject matter, but also keeps a consistency and enables conversation between the thousands of artists participating.

Many have asked Parker if they can participate with digital art. While drawing digitally is a great skill, Parker believes that drawing is better developed on paper first. He says, “There’s no feeling like making a permanent line and knowing you can’t change it without consequence. [. . .]  Every ink line that’s put down on your paper forces you to think, commit, and adapt.” It’s all about development and exploration.

Whether on paper or on a tablet, Inktober is a great way to grow as both a designer and an artist. What’re you waiting for? Get inking!

More Inktober examples here.

3 Comments

  1. Ashley Kwon wrote:

    This is such a cool challenge and is a fantastic method for artists, designers, and others to spark creative inspiration daily. Thanks for sharing!

    Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:53 am | Permalink
  2. Aisyle Deriquito wrote:

    Thanks for sharing!I actually haven’t had to check out the list this year. I’m planning on participating in Inktober, which is a shame because now I have to catch up. It’s definitely going to help me though with getting back on pen and paper.

    Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:20 pm | Permalink
  3. Aisyle Deriquito wrote:

    Thanks for sharing!I actually haven’t had to check out the list this year. I’m planning on participating in Inktober, which is a shame because now I have to catch up. It’s definitely going to help me though with getting back on pen and paper.

    Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:20 pm | Permalink