Thursday, November 17, 2016

The best thing about October is InkTober

Normally when you think about October, Halloween is the first thing that comes to mind. For me, October means InkTober. InkTober is a drawing challenge where you draw in ink every day of October. InkTober was created in 2009 by Jake Parker to help him improve his inking skills and help him stick with inking.On his website when talking about InkTober, Parker said “I just drew whatever I felt like.” Now InkTober has grown worldwide and thousands of online artists take up the challenge every year. To make it even better, InkTober is for anyone! All you have to do is pick up a pen and start drawing!

For 2016, the InkTober prompt list is shown below:

The rules for InkTober:
In order to be able to participate in InkTober, you have to follow these few simple rules.
  1. Draw anything you want to draw in ink.
  2. Post it online with the hashtags #inktober and #inktober2016.
  3. Continue this every day. Some artists choose do the half-marathon route (posting every other day) or the 5K (once a week).

As I said in the first paragraph, InkTober is a global challenge, and artists everywhere are participating in it. The following list of InkTober 2016 drawings are my personal favorites.

Day 13 of InkTober’s theme is scared, and @mothpez’s T-Rex perfectly represents this. I'm sure the dinosaurs were very scared when the meteors wiped them out! Moth Pez is a Spanish artist and biologist, and if you'd like to see more of the work, please visit

For InkTober day 7, @vitorhudsonart on instagram drew this lost astronaut dog. Guess this little space pup didn’t quite think chasing after his bone all the way through. If you want to see more of @vitorhudsonart’s work, you can check them out at http://instagram.comvitorhudsonart.

This was drawn by Isadora Zeferino on her instagram, @imzeferino. Zeferino is a brazilian illustrator and instead of following the original InkTober prompt, she is drawing whatever she feels like. Zeferino said “for me, inktober is all about getting better and learning new stuff.” If you would like to see more of  Isadora Zeferino’s amazing art, you can check her instagram out at

For more information about InkTober 2016 and previous InkTober years visit the link below.
-Brooke Peyton

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