Jonah Van Why

Category: Creative


The end of October means the end of Halloween costume ideas, pumpkin spice everything, and sadly, Inktober. What’s Inktober, you ask? We’ve got you covered. Jessie, a member of our design team, recently broke down the ins and outs of what goes into a successful Inktober.

Inktober is a creative challenge that takes place every October. Started by Jake Parker in 2009, Inktober challenges artists to complete one ink drawing every day for the month of October. Since its inception, Inktober has grown in size where it’s now taken on by thousands of artists every year.

So, what’re the rules? Those are simple.

  1. Make a drawing in ink
  2. Post it online
  3. Hashtag it with #inktober
  4. Repeat each day

That’s it! With that said, there’s no right or wrong way to partake in Inktober. This is my fourth year participating and the first time I’ve completed all 31 days!

For me, the important thing is consistency and carving out time in your day to commit to the challenge. Not only does it keep you focussed, but it’s a great way to develop good drawing habits and sharpen your skills.

For some, it helps commit to a theme throughout the month. In recent years there’s been a official prompt list with a word assigned to each day. This year I wanted to focus on my own themes, and decided to focus on groups of three for my drawings. Again, it’s all about choosing what works best for you!

The best part about Inktober is you don’t need to have a certain job, skill level, or location. All you need is your pens and paper!

Below are a few of my favorite drawings from this year!

See you next Inktober!

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