October: the month of Halloween, of warm colours, wearing first coats and…Inktober!
Inktober is a initiative created in 2009 by the artist Jake Parker to improve his ink illustration skills. From that distant time many things changed: surely he enhanced (you can see it with your eyes on his website) and Inktober became a challenge that year after year engages more artists around the globe.
The rules are incredibily easy: as you can read on the official site
anyone can do Inktober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.
Then you have to publish on your social media profiles using the hashtags #inktober and #inktober2016. That’s it. And, in case you feel a bit lost in front of the white sheet, you can also decide to follow the prompts that Parker created, one a day; these were the ones for this year:
Inktober starts on Saturday!! Are you ready?! This is the official Inktober Prompt list. Do a drawing inspired by each word on this list. – Keep an eye out here for contests and prizes you can win just by doing your Inktober drawings. @kuretakezig_usa, @autodesksketchbook, and @manuscriptpenco have all told me they are doing special Inktober giveaways. Also, check out the @artsnacks Inktober boxes people have been getting. Lots of good stuff in them! – Want to know what pens I’m using? Go to @jakeparkertools Ok, see you on the 1st. Have fun everyone! – #inktober #inking #drawing #ink #drawingchallenge #inktober2016 #sketchbook #illustration #artistsoninstagram #artists #artnews #drawers – @jakeparker
This time I decided to commit and take part myself to the challenge, posting every day a ink drawing on my Instagram profile.
How did it go? Well, as every challenge, it wasn’t easy: I couldn’t post every day as I should of; but let’s talk clear: if in life you do many things, as traveling, working, keeping the house clean and also have some sort of social life, it is not really so easy to keep a daily task going. Also, more than once I surrendered to colouring: I love to draw, but sometimes I just have to colour it. I have to, period. There’s no other way.
Anyway, apart for the little lack of consistency, I’m satisfied: this kind of initiative helps the daily exercise, and the results are clear both in the creation of a good habit and in the use of the technique.
The only minus is: ink and nib are addicting, use them at your own risk 😉
You can find all my #inktober2016 drawings on my Instagram profile 🙂