Accept the InkTober drawing challenge!

Samuel has generously informed us about the super excited drawing marathon challenge called ‘InkTober’. Yes, it means that you have to smear ink throughout October… to a certain extent.

InkTober is the chance for everybody everywhere to challenge themselves to make a drawing per day for the entire month. Jake Parker, the initiator of this project, conceived the idea in 2009 to dare himself to improve his inking skills and to develop and healthy drawing habit. And he definitely did. If Jake’s sketches in 2009 were stand-alone pieces, they became a coherent story in 2011, a web comic in 2012, and a graphic book in 2013 (that you can order here).

What’s better: not only Jake but artists around the world have joined this awesome event and created a powerful wave of creative energy every year. Anyone can join this bandwagon, and believe us, you’ll not regret it.

Here are some rules and tools Jake’s prepared for you:

  1. Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).
  2. Post it on your blog (or Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall).
  3. Hashtag it with #inktober
  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. Whatever 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.

Some recommended tools straight from Jake’s pen case:

And here are the results from previous years on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram.

That’s it! Now go make something beautiful!

Psst! If you’re still clueless about what to draw, there are some suggestions from the Luong brothers, Kevin and Brian, to help you plan ahead for this whole month:

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