It’s that time of year again, when ghosts and ghouls come out to play! Jake Parker, in 2009, made a challenge for himself in order to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. The result was Inktober, a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists participating every year.
The rules are simple: grab a pen, grab some paper, and get drawing.
Inktober has only had an official prompt list for two years, including 2017, but the preset prompts have been positively received. Any styles are accepted and many artists color their finished drawings with ink or digital software.
Artsnacks, a monthly subscription company that delivers surprise art supplies each month, teamed up with Parker to bring official Inktober merchandise to artists. Included in the October Artsnacks box is a variety of inking supplies, as well as an Inktober branded sketchbook and an exclusive print from Jake Parker.
Inktober is also partnered with Autodesk Sketchbook, and has provided a 15 day free trial which includes all the Pro tools. Autodesk Sketchbook works best with a digital tablet, so for some participants pen and paper may be best.
While there is no official prize for Inktober, the real reward is being exposed to an entire community of artists that is also participating in this challenge. It is also, as Parker says, a great way to develop drawing habits and create work every single day.
So what are you waiting for? Grab a pen, brush, or marker and get at it. Happy drawing!
blog post | October 5, 2017 | by Cassidy Dwelis