Inktober 2019!

Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. If you want to take part or learn more about it, we can use this thread for that :slight_smile:

Q: What is Inktober?

A: Inktober is a month long art challenge created by artist Jake Parker that is focused on improving skill and developing positive drawing habits. Every day for the month of October anyone participating in the Inktober challenge creates an ink drawing and posts it online. Remember to use the hashtags #inktober and #inktober2019 if you want your art to be seen by everyone.

Q. Can I work digitally?

A: Yes. Initially, the challenge of Inktober was focused on traditional inking. Although learning how to ink digitally is a skill separate from traditional inking it is no less valid. If you want to improve your digital inking skills then doing Inktober digitally is a great way to challenge yourself. Just be cool to those who want to use traditional inks. And traditional inkers, be cool to those who are trying to improve with their digital inking.

Q. Can I do calligraphy?

A: Yes. If calligraphy, typography, lettering, etc is how you create your art, then by all means do that every day for Inktober. We’ve even heard of writers taking on the Inktober challenge and crafting a poem or short story every day that follow the prompts.

Q: Can I only use ink for my drawing to count?

A: No. Whatever your creative process is, use it. If you want to sketch in a pencil and then ink on top that’s fine! If you want to sketch in crayon and then scan it into the computer and do your finished inking digitally, go for it! As long as you are creating a new ink drawing every day, it counts.

Q: Do I have to use the official prompt list?

A: No. The prompts are there to help spark your creativity. If you have another great idea, go for it!

Q: Do I have to use the prompts in order?

A: Nope. You do not have to follow the order of the prompt list. If switching the order of the prompts helps tell the story you want to tell feel free to change the order.

But the cool thing about following the prompt list in order is seeing what everybody creates on the same day using the same prompt and how much variety and creativity there is inside of a single word.


i’m excited to really buckle down and try inktober this year! since it’ll be the first year i’m not also working full time.

if anyone is interested, i made a pinterest board full of inktober inspiration. feel free to follow it and use! it’s mostly traditional media but also some inspiration images tied to a few of the prompts.


one more day!

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Every year I try this challenge, but it’s hard to do the whole month when you have other priorities.
This year I’m quite free and I’ll try to ink digitally, challenge in the challenge!

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Yup, been meaning to try it, but finally started this year.

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How’s everyone doing?? I’ve been hand lettering each prompt this year.

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18 for 18! Some posts had been delayed a day or two due to real world hiccups, but all of them are up (so far).

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And that’s it for this year. I managed all 31 days. How did you do?

For anyone who wants to see my posts, themselves, here they are:


I know I’m late to reply, but to help you for next year, this is what Sketchtember is for. The month of September can be used to sketch out all the pieces for Inktober. :slight_smile:

@Th_Mole Congrats on finishing! Neat take on all the prompts, very creative ^^

These are mine, though I combined the challenge with my own challenge called “Washiween”. (Washi tape + Halloween, haha.)