This past October, I decided to participate in the 2019 Inktober Challenge because I love pen and ink art, and it seemed like a fun way to challenge myself creatively. For those who don’t know, 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 on their social media pages (mainly Instagram and Facebook) with the hashtag “#inktober(year) so that everyone can see their work. This year had over 1 million posts worldwide!
The rules are simple. Use pen and ink (or now black and white digital is allowed), and follow the word prompt list that is posted a few weeks prior so that you can see what the daily theme should be. For example, this year, the first five words were: Ring, Mindless, Bait, Freeze, and Build. The fun part is taking each word and drawing something unique in your own style around that theme. And then seeing what everyone else comes up with.
It was definitely a challenge for me. I made it through the first week of drawings plus a few others, before falling behind. I found the trick is starting as early as possible after the list comes out, and keeping your art simple enough to complete daily. A lesson I need to keep in mind next year.
And while I didn’t succeed in posting a drawing every day, I did have fun sharing my work and finding a lot of other artists out there to follow, connect with, and cheer on. I was also honored to find out that my drawings were selected for a BBC video special about Inktober. So cool!
Watch the BBC video about Inktober here: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-50224935/the-man-behind-the-inktober-viral-drawing-challenge
Senior Art Director