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Drawing attention to Inktober

Ink sketches by Nicolas Spickelmier

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While working in Art 2 and conversing with my friends, we talked about ink paintings and ink drawings for a bit. In this conversation, one of them mentioned a sort of event or challenge they knew of. The concept was a challenge known as Inktober, which I will be participating in myself and have even made a collection on Google+ for.

You might be wondering currently: “What exactly is Inktober?” Well, in 2009, a man known as Jake Parker established a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. The challenge, now around for 8 years, is well known to artists worldwide and many of them join in to help themselves create with ink or just for the fun of making drawings from ink. Throughout October, these artists make drawings using only ink. You can create a base with pencil, but the actual official drawing must be done in ink. That’s the only major requirement. So if you’re an artist and this is up your alley, here is what to do:

  • Set a schedule! – It’s usually one a day, but if you can’t make time for that, you can do a drawing every other day or once a week!
  • Post it! – Google+, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. Just put it on whatever social media you have, as long as you can. Snap a photo, make the post, and there you go. You’ve officially started!
  • Make it known! – When making the post, let everyone know what you’re doing with a hashtag. Use #Inktober or #Inktober2017 to let your friends, family, and random followers know that you’re participating in the challenge.
  • Repeat the process! – Based on your schedule that you set for the challenge, draw every day you can. If you can’t make the time for it that day, it’s okay; this challenge is completely for fun! It’s no big deal at all, and if it bothers you, you can always make an extra drawing to make up for the missing one when you get time.
  • Enjoy the challenge! – Keep in mind that nobody is going to force you to do this; it’s completely up to you to decide if this seems like fun or not. If you don’t enjoy doing it, don’t do it. If you do take the challenge, have the most fun you can with it.

That’s all you have to do. It seems really easy for being a “challenge” right? That’s because it is easy. So it’s time to put pen to paper, but instead of making words we’ll be making drawings all month. Now grab your pens, or quill pens, or whatever you use for ink drawings, as well as several pieces of paper, and go make some art! Anytime you have extra time, like drawing, and have the materials, just draw something! There are idea prompts listed online to help you get ideas for what to draw!

 

The link below is for a website that includes 31 idea prompts, one for each day of the month.

https://www.svslearn.com/news/2017/9/12/the-official-prompt-list-for-inktober-2017-is-here

Here are a few prompts from the list for people who can’t or won’t use the website:

  • Divided
  • United
  • Shattered
  • Trail
  • Deep

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