Inktober 2017: 31 Days of Struggling to Draw Things

Inktober 2017: 31 Days of Struggling to Draw Things

In an attempt to experience creating art in the modern age, I will be participating in my first Inktober!  To read about what Inktober is and my plan to complete the challenge as an uncultured person, click on the post title.

In this post:

  • Summary
  • Advice for the Uncultured
  • Plan of Attack


Inktober is a month-long challenge completed by artists all around the world.  This post will detail basics about Inktober, give advice for fellow first-timers, and discuss my plan for the 2017 challenge.


Illustrator and founder Jake Parker “created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits.”   Due to Instagram and the power of the hashtag, Inktober has steadily grown over the past 8 years.  What’s cool for uncultured people like me who are a far cry from professional artists is that Inktober is for everyone.  Whether you’re an established/aspiring artist or just someone who wants to tap into their creative side, you can participate in Inktober.

“Anyone can do Inktober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.”-Jake Parker

The official rules are short and sweet (as seen in the picture above).   The interpretation of the rules also tends to be very flexible


Jake Parker created an entire list of pens and art supplies on his website.  If you don’t have those tools at your disposal, you can use whatever you have on hand such as ballpoint pens or markers.  Using old-fashioned ink is encouraged, but you can also choose to create your drawings digitally if that’s more of your kind of medium.

What to Draw

2017 is the 2nd year that there is an official prompt list (see picture above).  The prompt list is meant to narrow your focus, but you can draw whatever you want.  Some people create their own prompt lists and pick an overarching theme.  You can do drawings on separate pages each day or even do 31 drawings on 1 page to create a collage.


Generally, people do 31 drawings for every day in October.  However, depending on your schedule, you can do a drawing every other day, 1 drawing per week, biweekly drawings, etc.

The last thing I wanted to say here is don’t compare yourself to others.  The people participating this year will range in experience and the spirit of the challenge is self-improvement.


In preparation for Inktober, I’ve been doing some preliminary sketches based on the official prompt list.  I’ll be writing 1 post for every day in October that will explain the concept behind each drawing and how they evolved into the finished product.  The goal for my “theme” is to put a twist on familiar items/motifs.

If you don’t already follow me on Facebook and Instagram, please make sure to do so to keep up to date on the Inktober posts.  I wish you luck if you’re planning on participating in Inktober this year.  Until next time, best of luck on your journey.

Thanks for reading!

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