This is your sign. Go and finish that artwork and flex your creative skills through the Inktober challenge.
For artists and illustrators, October is something they look forward to in terms of sparking their creativity. For them, October is #Inktober month.
The man behind it is the best-selling illustrator, Jake Parker. What started out as Parker’s personal goal of improving his inking skills and developing positive drawing habits, Inktober became a worldwide challenge that thousands of artists participated in. Plus, it also now has its own merch and recommends ideal Inktober tools for the challenge’s participants. Parker has also founded the School of Visual Storytelling which helps aspiring artists become professional illustrators through a series of online courses.
The rules of the Inktober are simple. For the classic challenge, participating artists follow a one-word prompt provided by the Inktober website every day for the month October. They make pieces inspired by the prompt and post it on any social media account with the hashtags #Inktober and #Inktober2022. If you don’t have a social media account, you can just post it on your refrigerator. “The point is to share your art with someone. :),” said Inktober on its website.
At first, Inktober was initially launched to spotlight traditional inking but it has now evolved and has been taken as an opportunity by many artists to improve on their digital inking skills. While it’s also suggested to use real ink and keep things black and white, Inktober encourages participants to be creative with the tools they use, the way they use them, and the pieces that they create with it. Participants are even free to follow the prompt list in the order they want and draw whatever they like as long as they follow copyright laws.
INKTOBER’S CREATIVE SPIRIT
In the spirit of a peaceful and fruitful celebration of the arts, Inktober advises, “There’s no Inktober police going around looking to shut people down if they aren’t using ink or the prompt list. If you are tempted to call someone out for not doing Inktober the way you think they should be doing it, just keep it to yourself. Use your energy to celebrate people’s creativity and expression. Do like your mom taught you: “If you can’t say somethin’ nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”
Some Filipino artists take on the challenge and share their awe-inspiring talent and creativity. For young artist Jemill Pangilinan (@artjemill) based in Manila, Inktober serves as a platform to promote his art. “It also helps me stick to a daily routine and keeps me off of social media for some time. It helps with my headspace because drawing is therapeutic, especially with ink on paper. As for the concepts of each piece, I like to be spontaenous and honest and I try to be as unique as I can with each prompt,” Pangilinan told NYLON Manila.
Some of his mind-blowing entries include this piece for the Day 4 prompt, Scallop.
More from Pangilinan (@artjemill), this is “Hamster wheel,” his jaw-dropping answer to Day 2 prompt, Scurry.
Meanwhile, another Filipino artist, @xtianne06, makes this beautiful interpretation of the Day 3 prompt, Bat.
Finally, this is @rhene_arts’ incredibly detailed Gargoyle entry for the second day of the challenge.
You can check some of the masterful works of Filipino artists on Inktober Philippines Instagram page.