How To Make It Through Inktober 2017

October’s already on, and artists (and non-artists) have started drawing through Inktober. Prompts are available but not mandatory, and the only rule is that you have to draw with ink; or a single color, if you’re drawing digitally. You’ll probably notice artworks from around the globe, tagged #inktober or #inktober2017.

However, it can sometimes become hard to catch up with the task of drawing each day. As nice as building the habit of drawing daily is, it’s also really easy to abandon after a few days.

We’ll tell you how you can survive this year’s Inktober without missing a day.

What Is Inktober?

According to Jake Parker (the creator of Inktober) on his website, he created Inktober in 2009 to improve his inking skills, and develop a positive habit of drawing everyday.

His website mentions: “I created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.”

Inktober became really popular along the way, and artists around the world turned it into a worldwide, month-long challenge that a huge proportion of artists take on.

#1 Follow The Official Prompt List

Though it’s completely optional, but Jake Parker has created an official prompt list for each day of Inktober.

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These prompts can be used simply as a fun tool, or as a source of direct inspiration, especially if it often gets hard for you to decide what you’re going to draw. These prompts are a part of the challenge, but not too necessary.

#2 Don’t Have The Time? Doodle or Sketch

It’s not always easy to find a spare hour or two, depending on how your daily routine goes.

Day 9: Screech #inktober #inktober2017 #sakurainktober #sakuramicron #inktoberscreech

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And that’s not an issue. At all.

Be it lack of will, time, or inspiration, you can always find something easier to complete the day’s ink drawing. The only rule to the Inktober challenge is that you have to draw every day of October. Just grab your favorite pens, and doodle anything that makes sense.

#3 Pick A Theme

To make it a little easier, you can decide what to draw by picking a theme and sticking to it throughout Inktober.

For example, Shawn Coss, a Cyanide and Happiness artist, has been drawing mental illnesses as ghostly or monstrous characters with their own forms. He did it for 2016’s Inktober, and he’s doing phobias for 2017.

Arachnophobia – day 1 of Inktober / FearTober! People with arachnophobia tend to feel uneasy in any area they believe could harbor spiders or that has visible signs of their presence, such as webs. If arachnophobics see a spider, they may not enter the general vicinity until they have overcome the panic attack that is often associated with their phobia. Some people scream, cry, have emotional outbursts, experience trouble breathing, sweat, have heart palpitations, or even faint when they come in contact with an area near spiders or their webs. In some extreme cases, even a picture or a realistic drawing of a spider can trigger intense fear. #inktober #feartober #inktoberphobias #shawncossart #jakeparker #creepyart #whatsyourfear #inkart

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Going with a theme can be really fun, and help you create a series of great artwork. Plus, it’s easy to think your way through!

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Moreover, you can choose a theme you’re not great with, and utilize Inktober to improve your skill in that area.

#4 Think When You’re Not Drawing

When you’re not drawing, take a look at the next prompt (if you’re following them) and try to think of what you’re going to draw.

This can save a lot of your time, and help you make it through days when you’re busy.

For example, you can try to figure out what you’ll draw while you’re walking to the bus stand, instead of unnecessarily spending time thinking before you draw during your lunch break.

#5 Draw On A Single Page

Drawing all 31 of your drawings on a single page can make the challenge way easier, as well as have you end up with something great by the end of the month. Even Jake Parker, the creator of Inktober is doing it this year, so we’re pretty sure that it’s okay.

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You can always doodle something when you’re out of time, or draw something more complete when you’re free.