Inktober 2016

Inktober 2016 is almost upon us. For a quick recap, Inktober was created by artist Jake Parker in 2009:

Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.

I created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.

-Jake Parker on Inktober

How Inktober works:

Inktober rules

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

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.

Our Sketch Journal time in class is a perfect time to work on your Inktober drawings.

If you want to use the prompts, here they are:




I’ve collected some examples of ink drawings from various artists (most of which, I believe, were posted as #inktober drawings). While some people use the Jake Parker prompts, others create and share their own prompt list, and some just make it up as they go. This year a common theme appears to be inktober witches.

Jake Parker:


Sara Kipin:



Note that this artist is posting their prompt list alongside their drawing.




Derek Laufman:






Laura Heikkala:

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