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4 Tips to Crush Inktober

It’s that time of the year again. Artists all over the world will be taking part in Inktober.

For those of you who don’t know what it is, Inktober is a month long challenge created by artist Jake Parker. It takes place every October and challenges artist to create an ink drawing everyday of the month.

Since its inception, millions of Inktober drawings have been made. Just get on Instagram and Twitter and search #Inktober and you’ll be inundated with amazing art.

That being said, there are some people out there who don’t like that Inktober restricts you to the use of ink and feel stressed about doing a drawing a day for 31 straight days. Here are some of my thoughts on how to approach Inktober.

Make it Yours

To put it simply, don’t get caught up on the rules. Inktober was created as a way for Jake Parker to get better at his inking. If you want to get better at doing digital art, then do digital art. If you want to use water color, use water color. The fact that you are creating something out of nothing is an accomplishment regardless of what medium you use.

Don’t Get Stressed

It can feel daunting to commit to doing a drawing everyday for an entire month. If that the case, then change it up. Do a drawing every other day. Do a drawing every week. Do one really good drawing for the month. Inktober is meant to help artists get better and create more. That doesn’t mean it has to be for 31 days straight.

Be Prepared

This one doesn’t apply to everyone, but I think it’s useful. I find that if I have thought through what I want to draw during Inktober in the month leading up to it, it takes away a lot of the stress and cuts back on the time spent on each drawing. However, there are plenty of people that come up with the entire concept the day of, and that’s okay too. Do what works for you.

Use It to Your Advantage

If you’re going to be drawing something everyday for a month, might as well put that time towards a project that you enjoy and can bring you some benefit. Some people turn all their drawings into a book and sell copies. Some make the drawings into prints or other merch. Instead of just drawing aimlessly, think about how you can use Inktober to its full potential.

My Inktober Plans

All that being said, you may be wondering what I will be doing for Inktober. This year I’m planning on creating a sticker design each day. I recently started exhibiting at conventions and noticed that stickers are big sellers. I’ve used September to plan out what I want the stickers to be and have even started sketching some of them out. I was planning on participating in Inktober anyway so I figured why not do drawings that I can hopefully monetize. I’m not going to reveal my theme just yet, so you’ll just have to follow along on Instagram and Twitter to see what I’m up to.

Hope all you artists out there consider participating in Inktober in any way you can. Have fun with it and I’ll be on the hunt for your drawings!


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