Inking October

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By Katie Jones, Staff Reporter

Inktober is an artist’s dream, consisting of all the right elements to produce a great work of art: a medium, theme, and creativity. It is beneficial for creators wanting to improve and excel, having the chance to promote their art in a positive environment along with others that do the same. This art challenge has progressed and grown over a period of time to become a regular part of every artist’s vocabulary, making it one of the most exciting times of the year for everyone who adores art.

“I created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year,” stated Jake Parker on his official website.

The history of Inktober dates back to 2009, when aspiring artist Jake Parker wanted to challenge himself to improve his inking skills in art, hint the name Inktober. Now in 2018, this challenge has evolved beyond belief, having millions of posts with the #Inktober tag on Instagram, ranking in the top ten on Tumbler for the month. Inktober has also spread and gone on to inspire other art challenges like Mermay and World Watercolor Group.

Official Intober 2018 List Photo credit: Inktober’s official site

Once a year, in October, the month commences for many artists with the release of a list, stretching out from the first of the month to the end. Unlike boring chores and shopping lists, most would consider this one to be fun. The list is created when Parker comes up with themes related to Halloween and the creepy month of October. Yet, one would not find typical themes like “Ghost” or “Witch.” The theme usually makes the artist ponder on what to draw. The themes can be anything from “Spell” to “Scorched” to “Chicken,” all leading to different variations of the theme to be posted on apps like Instagram and Tumbler for other artists so see.

Shown by a lot of artists throughout history, the achievement of fame in the world of art is almost as low as can be. However, with today’s technology of being able to share and post pictures, artists have been able to display more of their art with the result of more views, likes, and bigger audiences. With Inktober being the most popular time of year for creators to share their art online, more artists get recognized and inspired by others, making Inktober a great opportunity for all artists; even those working with materials other than ink, like paint and digital art.

So now or maybe next year, pick up a pen, marker, paintbrush, or any utensil and draw a theme from Inktober because it is an opportunity to improve your art, get creative and explore yourself since the opportunity is right there, reachable, all you have to do is grab anything and draw.