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Q: What is Inktober?

A: Inktober is a month long art challenge created by artist Jake Parker that is focused on improving skill and developing positive drawing habits. Every day for the month of October anyone participating in the Inktober challenge creates an ink drawing and posts it online. Remember to use the hashtags #inktober and #inktober2019 if you want your art to be seen by everyone.

Q. When is Inktober?

A: Inktober is every October. Post your first Inktober drawing on October 1st and your last on October 31st.

Q: Where is Inktober?

A: There is no official location or convention for Inktober. Wherever you live and create is where Inktober is. 

Q. Can I work digitally?

A: Yes. Initially, the challenge of Inktober was focused on traditional inking. Although learning how to ink digitally is a skill separate from traditional inking it is no less valid. If you want to improve your digital inking skills then doing Inktober digitally is a great way to challenge yourself. Just be cool to those who want to use traditional inks. And traditional inkers, be cool to those who are trying to improve with their digital inking.

Q. Can I do calligraphy?

A: Yes. If calligraphy, typography, lettering, etc is how you create your art, then by all means do that every day for Inktober. We've even heard of writers taking on the Inktober challenge and crafting a poem or short story every day that follow the prompts.

Q. Can I sketch out my drawing before going to ink?

A: Yes.

Q: What is a good pen to use for inktober?

A: Jake Parker says he really likes the Pentel Brush Pen. For a list of other good pens see the Tools page. 

Q: Can I use markers or watercolors?

A: Yes. You can use markers as your inking tool or to color. You can also use watercolor. However, the Inktober challenge is about simplifying your options as an artist and seeing what you can create with a white sheet of paper and black ink. If you are going to use color try to limit yourself to just one color. 

Q: Can I only use ink for my drawing to count?

A: No. Whatever your creative process is, use it. If you want to sketch in a pencil and then ink on top that's fine! If you want to sketch in crayon and then scan it into the computer and do your finished inking digitally, go for it! As long as you are creating a new ink drawing every day, it counts. 

Q: Do I have to use the official prompt list?

A: No. The prompts are there to help spark your creativity. If you have another great idea, go for it!

Q: Do I have to use the prompts in order?

A: Nope. You do not have to follow the order of the prompt list. If switching the order of the prompts helps tell the story you want to tell feel free to change the order. 

But the cool thing about following the prompt list in order is seeing what everybody creates on the same day using the same prompt and how much variety and creativity there is inside of a single word.

Q: Do I have to use our own designs or can I use designs from my favorite game/film/cartoon etc.?

A: You can draw whatever you’d like for your Inktober challenge. Just remember to follow copyright laws, and respect the original creator's wishes.

Q: Where can I buy an Inktober shirt?

A: Right here. There is also additional Inktober merch on the Merch page.

Q: Where are this year's prompts?

A: September 1st of each year Inktober prompts are posted under the Rules and Prompts page and on the official Inktober Instagram . However, if you want the prompts a week early subscribe to the Inktober mailing list here.