Well, it’s Inktober…I mean October

Every October for 31 days artists take to the challenge in completing 1 ink drawing a day. Inktober was started in 2009 by Jake Parker. Since that time it’s blossomed into a ritual for artists to shake off the dust from their pens, brushes, and quills.

I took part in it last year. It was a lot of fun and a challenge to crank out a drawing a day (every day). What I think is the best part of this challenge is forcing consistency. Imagine if we were able to pick anything from our lives and focus on it every day (even if only for a month).

The rules are simple:

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it online

3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2016

4) Repeat

Jake has a cheat sheet of ideas for 2016 if you would like an idea to work with each day:


He also made a great little template that you can download and print out to ink over. He’s also made an amazing video to help with anyone’s inking skills that are very rusty.

So crack open your pens and start inking away!!

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