It's October, which all Stoptober and Halloween themes aside, means we're in the swing of Inktober, a drawing campaign created by artist Jake Parker back in 2009. 31 days, 31 drawings, and 1 artist inspiring others across the world - that's all it takes for the international art community to get on board.
We caught up with the Founder of Inktober, Jake Parker, who told us why he started the campaign, and how you can get involved.
"Inktober just started out as a way to motivate myself to become better at drawing in ink," Jake says simply. "I wanted to do a bunch of ink drawings for practise, but I needed a way to be accountable for it, otherwise I'd get frustrated and move on to something easier. So I announced the challenge and invited people to do it with me. Not very many people took part in that first Inktober, but a lot of people expressed their support and it was enough to keep me going the whole month."
"Six years later, there's thousands and thousands of artists doing it and I couldn't be happier. The pressure is on for me to do it and do a good job at the challenge each year. However, it's evolved for me from being just an exercise in getting better. It's become a platform for me to explore story ideas, and to push my style and artistic voice."
But what's the future for Inktober, the art campaign of our October month?
"In the future I hope it's something that keeps going," Jake says, "and keeps inspiring people to pick up a pen and tap into their creativity."
GET INVOLVED WITH INKTOBER
Anyone can do Inktober, just pick up a pen and start drawing. Browse for your favourite inky weapon of choice here.
1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).
Image Credits: Jake Parker
2) Post it on your blog (or tumblr, instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.)
3) Hashtag it with #inktober
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. Whatever you decide, just be consistent with it. InkTtober 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.