What is Inktober?
Inktober is the brainchild of the brilliant illustrator Jake Parker and involves drawing something using ink and posting it online using #inktober every single day of October. Jake has all the ‘rules’ on his website or on social so just look up Inktober online (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and for the last few years he has even posted prompts for you to follow each day.
If you’ve seen any of my art before you will know I am a big fan of drawing in pen. (If you haven’t seen any of it check out my art blog and see how much of it is full of pen sketches! 🙂 ) So I have dabbled a bit in doing Inktober in previous years, but only really to use the hashtag #inktober when posting pen sketch art on social media…which doesn’t really count as doing a full Inktober!
This year I decided to go full on and actually do the whole thing properly. I used Jake’s prompt list and chose to do all the drawings on one piece of paper so that the completed piece would be a jumbled up collection of images that summed up the whole month’s challenge. Walking back from doing the school run, I told my friend Jen that I was thinking of doing it and needed to think of what to draw for the first day’s prompt, which was Poisonous. She suggested drawing some ivy and then cause she had kindly helped me with that one I gave her the honour of being my muse…meaning I continually asked her what to draw for all of them! As I fell behind on a few of them I went a bit rogue towards the end and chose my own things to draw, but most of it is inspired by Jen!
I used my daughter’s gel pens to draw the thing (I hope that counts 🙂 ) and once I was finished cramming all the little drawings in I added the prompt words near them to pull the whole piece together.
Stressful as it was, I really enjoyed doing a full Inktober-it definitely feels like a bit of an achievement so hopefully I’ll be back again this time next year to see what prompts Jake’s got for us-anyone up for joining me??