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It's Time for Inktober 2023!

October is here!!! I don't know about you, but this is my favourite month of all for so many reasons; The trees are all turning, it's sweater weather, pumpkin spice is in everything, THANKSGIVING, ... I could go on and on. But one thing that also comes with October is Inktober. Now that is a play on words if I have ever seen one. You might be wondering what exactly Inktober is, and I'll tell you! In this post, I'll let you know what it is, the rules and goals of the challenge, and what I am personally doing for Inktober.

What is Inktober?

Inktober was first started in 2009 by Jake Parker as a way to build consistency and skill in the art of inking. The guidelines are simple, make an ink drawing every single day for a month. Since then, his personal challenge has grown into a worldwide, annual drawing challenge during the month of October.

At first, participants would come up with their own ideas for daily drawings in the month of October. However, in 2016, an official prompt list was sent out. Since then, each year has had a new set of prompt words for each day.

Official Inktober Prompt list

What are the "rules"?

  • Draw a picture every day based on the prompt list

  • Post it to your socials (only if you want to)

  • Hashtag it using #Inktober and #Inktober2023

If you don't want to follow these rules exactly, or you want to switch things up a bit, feel free! Please go to the official Inktober website if you want any more information about the rules, and history of this challenge.

Who can do Inktober?

Anyone. It doesn't matter if you are new to drawing, or have been doing art your whole life! It is just a fun challenge that anyone can feel free to join in on.

What is the purpose/goal?

The purpose of this challenge is simply to improve your drawing skills. The rules are simply there to add to the challenge. If you don't want to follow all the rules exactly, or feel as though making a full ink drawing every single day is too much, don't worry about it! Like I said before, the point is to make drawing a part of your daily schedule in order to improve.

There are so many ways that you can complete this challenge. I know that some people like to create a character, and then fit them into each day. Others make a comic book, or story around the prompts. The possibilities are endless!

How I do Inktober

This year I decided to participate in Inktober for the first time. I have wanted to do it for many years, but haven't gotten around to it yet. So I'm super excited for this year! As for the overall theme of these drawings, I decided to introduce people to my everyday life. This means that I am drawing myself into the challenge!

My Tools:

Instead of using traditional tools, I decided to complete all of my drawings digitally. I use the Ipad pro, and apple pencil. I also recently purchased a Paperlike screen protector for my Ipad, and so far it has been great! Procreate is my go-to digital art app, so I am using it for this challenge. My all time favourite Procreate brush is the Dry Ink brush.

My Rules:

  • I am determined to do a drawing every single day. However, I have switched things up a little bit. I actually complete each prompt 1-2 days ahead of time so that I have time to post it the morning of. There's also a bit of a buffer just in case I can't finish a drawing one day. For example, today is day 3, but today I actually completed the 5th drawing!

  • I'm giving myself a bit of freedom with the prompts. There is definitely a lot of value in using the prompts, but sometimes I'm just not feeling it. For example, I will probably change things up for Thanksgiving weekend, and do related prompts instead of the ones on the official list.

  • I will post my drawings every day. No exceptions.

Please keep in mind that these are my guidelines for the month. If you want to try it out, but change how you approach the challenge, go for it!

My First Drawings:

These are drawings that I have posted for days 1, 2, and 3. The prompts were dream, spiders, and path.

Upcoming Drawings (SNEAK PEEK):

These are the next 2 drawings for days 4 and 5. The prompts are dodge and map.

In Conclusion...

I hope this post has given you a bit of insight into what Inktober is and how you can join. If you want to join in on the challenge, go for it! We're already a few days in, but it's never too late to get started. Feel free to make the challenge your own.

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