Founded in 2009 by American illustrator Jake Parker, Inktober began in an effort to improve his own drawings and develop a stronger working practice. Having published children's books, comics and various visual developments for Blue Sky Studios he knows a thing or two. Inktober has a traditional hand drawn approach, getting back to basics, for all artists to better themselves, and for fun of course!
Yes there's one rule; use ink. From a simple biro at your desk, to fine liner pens and ink washes on the go. Controlled vibrant markers and flowing dip pens, choose an ink medium to suit your style. Here's a few of our favourites: Sennelier Indian Ink, beautiful artist quality, rich opaque black ink, with excellent lightfastness. Ideal for use with brushes such as Prolene Plus a sable alternative.
Pentel Brush Pen, offers a wonderfully varied line, from sweeping strokes to the brush tip that retains its shape. The cartridge provides a constant flow of ink.
Promarkers, involve some colour the simple way by using these popular dual - tipped ink markers.
Get yourself a new sketchbook to fill for the monthly project too!
Inktoberhas become a worldwide event with a noticeable online following on social media. An official prompt list was introduced in 2016, meaning if you're not feeling wholly inspired for 31 days then it's sure to help. This year's list is above. Give it a try and see how a month of drawing could benefit you. If you're daunted by the full monthly challenge, join for a stint, draw every other day or even once a week, and get your friends to take part in Inktober as a larger drawing community.