Unless you’ve been living under an internet rock or have absolutely ZERO exposure to artists online, you’ve probably heard of Inktober. Created by Jake Parker back in 2009, Inktober challenges artists of any skill set or level to make one ink drawing every day for the month of October.
I discovered the wonder of Inktober two years ago, but was lacking confidence and decided not to join. Last year, I hopped in and completed 22 of of the 31 days which wasn’t too shabby for my first attempt! Here’s are some samplings from Inktober 2015.
This year, I will do my best to complete the full 31 days of Inktober. I splurged on some new supplies which was a nice treat! I snagged a set of Copic Multiliners and also some bottled ink and brushes. The Speedball Super Black India Ink is so gorgeous. It gives such a solid opaque layer of black – beautiful!
Many artists do a specific theme for Inktober; I decided against that this year. I just couldn’t come up with a theme I knew I’d want to make 31 drawings about. Instead, I made myself a prompt list. The prompts are varying in subject, and range from the vague (‘girl with tattoos’) to the specific (‘a forest with a haunted feel, glowing orbs, and a figure in the distance’ – that was Day 3!) With the prompt list, the goal is to have some form of inspiration to touch on if I just can’t come up with something to doodle. I’ve also saved a few different prompt lists created by other people for Inktober in case I need more ideas!
So far I’m having a great time with Inktober! I’m really enjoying using ink washes which is something I don’t have much experience with. I’m also finding it refreshing to let these drawings be super loose as opposed to worrying about technique or a perfect finished product. Be sure to follow along with my art Instagram to see my new Inktober doodles each day! I may do a wrap-up post about it at the end of the month too; I haven’t decided yet!
One of my favorite parts of this project is seeing so many artists participate and being inspired by what they post. My Instagram feed and YouTube subs are full up with fabulous Inktober art. It’s brilliant to see how different artists use ink, and how they interpret different prompts. I find being uninspired pretty much impossible during this month!
Are you participating in Inktober? If not, have you ever done any kind of daily creative challenge?