Has a rather nice ring to it, don’t you think?!
No, I didn’t come up with this myself. Inktober was created in 2009 by a man named Jake Parker who is an illustrator of kids books, graphic novels, and he also worked for Blue Sky for a time. (I’m sure I didn’t do his career justice, so you can find his website and more information on him and Inktober, here.)
Basically, Inktober is a challenge to artists – no matter your skill level – to make an ink drawing everyday for the entire month of October. I heard about it last year and told myself that this year I would commit to doing it, so here it goes!!
This is from Jake’s website:
1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).
2) Post it on your blog (or tumblr, instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.)
3) Hashtag it with #inktober
Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.
That’s it! Now go make something beautiful.
As you can see there are a lot of different ways to be involved in Inktober; You can commit to doing 31 drawings (one for every day of the month,) you can draw every other day, you can just commit to doing one! – But the point is to get you drawing and then post your work so that everyone can see it!
My plan is to commit to doing all 31 days. I will be posting once a day on my Facebook page and on Twitter and then at the end of the month I’ll post all of the Inktober drawings here on my blog. (Yay!!)
⇒Art Tip for Today⇐
Since we’re talking about ink drawings I thought I would share with you which pens I’ve used and where I purchased them. I typically use my Sakura Pigma Microns which are great for detail work. I recently bought a colored set so that I can play around with colored ink and use them to add details to my watercolor pieces. The other pen I recently acquired is a Zebra Brush pen and so far I am LOVING it!
The moral of the story is if you want to buy pens JetPens.com is the way to go! They sell great quality pens, pencils, cases, paper, (basically it’s an artists dream,) AND it’s free shipping for orders that are over $25….. Sooooooooo, if you’re like me, then you’ll have no problem getting free shipping.
Thanks for reading and get ready to see a lot of ink!