Rising to the Inktober Challenge


Today is the first of October and I have decided to participate in the Inktober Challenge, which is an online art challenge that has become popular for this month. The Inktober Challenge was created in 2009 by illustrator Jake Parker as a way to get better at inking. It’s since grown into a worldwide art event every October. It’s a celebration of drawing, creativity, and self-improvement.  I will be posting my artwork here and on Facebook daily. You are welcome to join me.

Jake suggests that we can modify the challenge to suit our needs and abilities. Use whatever inking tools you have available to you. If doing 31 drawings in a month isn’t realistic for your schedule, set a goal for 15 drawings in the month and do one every other day. Or do one a week. Or just do one on the first day.

I agree with Jake’s statement: People who push themselves just outside their comfort zone will get the most out of the challenge. Jake created the prompt list to encourage our imagination; and, it is fun to see how different artists interpret the same word. But, he stated that we do not have to use the prompts. If something else is inspiring us, then we get to let that fuel our creativity for this challenge.

Jake is also hosting contests and giveaways put on by art supply companies for people who participate in this challenge. Keep an eye out for those posts on Facebook because that is where those will be announced:  https://www.facebook.com/inktober/. There’s more about Inktober on the official website: https://inktober.com/rules/

Lastly, let us all HAVE FUN! If Inktober is too demanding, overwhelming you, or causing you too much stress; then, simplify it and design it to suit your creativity prowess, needs and/desires. Do what you’ve got to do to make it fun.

That’s it. Now go make something magnificent! Be sure to use the following hashtags on social media: #inktober #inktober2018

Poisonous is the first prompt.

poi·son·ous ˈpoiz(ə)nəs/ adjective – (of a substance or plant) causing or capable of causing death or illness if taken into the body; example: poisonous chemical. Synonyms: toxic, noxious, deadly, fatal, lethal, mortal, death-dealing

I created a “Poisonous” mushroom:


Check back tomorrow for my next lovely creation.

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