• Ishika Paruthi

BUILD ‘A CREATIVE ESCAPE’ IN 31 DAYS - THE INKTOBER CHALLENGE

Created by Jake Parker in 2009, as a way to improve his own inking skills and developing a positive habit for drawing, ‘Inktober’ has come a long way since. As the name suggests, Inktober means creating something; building something from the scratch using only inks in the month of October! This artists’ practice has now turned into a worldwide trend followed by millions of people across the globe.


This worldwide endeavor sees thousands of artists take up this challenge and because of this digital boom, multiple artists now put up their creative pieces on social media to showcase their work and to also, uplift and support other artists doing the same and encouraging those artists who aren’t doing it to do it!


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Creating art does sound easy but it is quite hard when you sit down to do it. You may sit down with a set mind that you will create something today but you might not get any idea about what to draw in the first place! And when you see so many amazing designs, especially during Inktober, when tons of designs go up every day, you sometimes inferiority complex. But worry not, don’t feel bad that you don’t have an idea yet, rather get inspired by all those posts and create something interesting for yourself!


Monthly photography events come and go but if you are in it to be an artist, Inktober is the best way! The rules are very simple; make a drawing in ink each day of October and share it online using the hashtag #Inktober. And voila! You’re done. To help you get started there are even different prompts for each day in October which can help you get started on your designs. Inktober has had an official prompt list with words to inspire what you draw. Each of these words is quite specific but not so much as to each person’s drawing looks the same. Despite giving the same word to everyone, it gives you the

creative freedom to express it in whichever way you want. With every drawing the room for interpretation increases and so does its creative expression!


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This is the best challenge to inspire you to create art daily and lets you see art from people across the globe. It might seem like something you need to commit to all 31 days of the month but it is so not! There is an alternative as well; doing one drawing every week for a whole year!! If drawing every day is not your thing, maybe every week can be. But whatever you do, be consistent with it, since Inktober is all about getting better through practice and being consistent! Just draw. Record what you draw in a sketchbook, a journal, random sheets of paper, or even special sketchbooks made specifically for

Inktober!



So, what are you waiting for? It’s still not very late. Just pick up a pen and draw! Here are your official prompts for Inktober’ 20. Now let’s see what you can come up with! Try catching up with the prompts that have already passed if you have time and if not, just follow the ones that are left! There are plenty of them:


1. FISH

2. WISP

3. BULKY

4. RADIO

5. BLADE

6. RODENT

7. FANCY

8. TEETH

9. THROW

10. TEETH

11. DISGUSTING

12. SLIPPERY

13. DUNE

14. ARMOR

15. OUTPOST

16. ROCKET

17. STORM

18. TRAP

19. DIZZY

20. CORAL

21. SLEEP

22. CHEF

23. RIP

24. DIG

25. BUDDY

26. HIDE

27. MUSIC

28. FLOAT

29. SHOES

30. OMINOUS

31. CRAWL




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