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Open those sketchbooks and dust off the pens! Inktober is here, which is an initiative to spend some some quality time sketching and inking drawings and illustrations.

An artist named Jake Parker started doing this back in ’09 and it has really caught on. He started it as a way to get better and more confident at drawing and inking. This is a guy after our own heart here at! By the end of his first “Inktober”, he saw improvement. Here are some quick words from Jake:

“Shoot for something that’s going to push you.”

“It’s not about making the greatest drawings, it’s about developing positive drawing habits.”

Join the initiative and add your works to the influx of great black and white drawings that pop up all over the internet during this time of year. Here are the rules  -pretty easy, huh?

Inktober rules:

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it online

3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2016

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. What ever 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.

That’s it! Now go make something beautiful.


But wait, What if you find out about Inktober, but the month is already partially over??

Answer: Just join along! After all, it isn’t about being perfect, but developing a consistency which leads to artistic improvement.


Need some ideas about what to draw? is a great place to start! Use our prompt generators to find an inspiring idea.


There is also an official prompt list if you would like to try following along!


Here is a smattering of inspirational art that others have created for Inktober.



Need some Youtube videos for inspiration?