One drawing a day for thirty days. That is the simple idea behind Inktober.
In 2009, an artist decided to draw every day during the month of October and post daily on social media to improve his skills and develop consistent habits, leading to general growth. Thus, Inktober was born. There are variations on the classic version, which entails one ink drawing a day posted to some form of social media. Some people choose to draw digitally or through another medium instead of ink. Instead of once daily, which might be overwhelming to some, the user can choose to commit to every other day or week.
Ever since 2016, optional prompts have been added in order to inspire users. In addition to official prompts, there are also lists of different prompts from various sources. All these changes indicate that many participants have made the challenge their own in unique ways. Many who take on the challenge do not wish to post on social media. The creators of the challenge suggest sharing with someone, even face-to-face, to reinforce consistency.
Participants in Inktober can be found right here at Pinewood. Senior Cecile Smith, who completed the challenge during a previous October, is trying something different this year. She aims to do digital sketches based off a prompt list themed after a popular TV series. She recalls completing Inktober with ink in a sketchbook in 2017. She chose the specific approach of digital sketches with unofficial prompts, identifying aspects of Inktober that would fit with her schedule and interests. This is an irreplaceable aspect of Inktober: the creative spins and the many directions an artist can take. Already a tradition for many, it looks like Inktober will continue to attract many people for years to come.