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Inktober 2017 Hype

September 21, 2017

Blond Father and Daughter Ink Drawing

September is coming to a close, which that means Inktober is right around the corner. Inktober is an art event created by illustrator Jake Parker. It started as a challenge to improve and build good habits but since then, artists all over the world pick up the pen and show our ink work. I’ve participated the last two years and can’t wait to make it three. Examples in the tag to the left.

I’ve drawn in pen since I was a teenager but to push myself to use ink regularly is a different ballgame. Nothing forces you to constantly reevaluate your workflow and artwork like rapidfire creating. Every year I get better results and learn something new. My newest painting “Family Dinner” is an improved version of an Inktober 2016 drawing. And that’s just the beginning, you canNOT draw that often without hemorrhaging ideas. The ideas generated from Inktober will keep me busy for years.

It’s also fun to see what other artists come up with. It sounds like the art would be limited due to being ink only, but the variation of Inktober entries is mindblowing. It’s hilarious how millions of people can take one medium and one prompt and come up with countless different results. And because the event encourages artists to post our work, people are more prompt to update their pages so it’s a wonderful way to be exposed to new artists.

So if you want to participate, all you have to do is draw something in ink, post it somewhere, and include #inktober and #inktober2017. I know I will. My entries will be on the Jauntycat Graphics Instagram page and on this blog.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2017 3:13 pm

    All the reasons you listed above are EXACTLY the reasons I want to join this year. I’m so keen to see myself improve, and having something to make you create and share your work is definitely something I need in my life. I hope you’ll be sharing some of your creations this year!



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