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Inktober 2020 - 5 Tips That'll Help You Make It Through

On hearing the word “Ink” tattoos, squid, and quill pens are most likely to come to your mind. However, Inktober is different.

Inktober is a month-long art challenge started 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 a drawing and posts it online.


Well, there’s just 1 rule you got to follow and that is to Draw every day and post it with hashtags #Inktober & Inktober2020.

Prompt List 

Every year the Inktober team comes up with a list of 31 prompts for 31 days. These prompts are there only to spark your creativity in case you can’t seem to get an idea about what to draw.

It is not at all compulsory to follow the prompt list, if you’ve got another great idea, Go For It.

Start Creating

Start creating, what are you waiting for. That makes sense, doesn’t it? And whether that means you’re drawing with a ballpoint pen, a fountain pen, a fine sharpie, or an XP-Pen (not kidding!) is entirely up to you.

And as per the Inktober Official Rules — you can draw on some loose-leaf paper, your friend’s arm, a tablet, or even on the wall. The world is your canvas!

Post It

Inktober is an online movement. That’s why post your drawing to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Reddit. The point is to share your art with the rest of the art-loving world.

But, make sure to use the hashtags #Inktober and/or #Inktober2020. This ensures that people will see your art, upon searching the hashtag.

In case you’re not present on social media, you can always draw and show it to your family and friends but we highly recommend you to get on social media.


Follow the Prompts if an Idea Doesn’t Strike :

Each day of the month is assigned a single word prompt to provide the starting point for an illustration.

These include a range of ideas, such as swollen, gift, muddy. Of course, you don’t have to stick to these prompts, but they’re there if you need them. You can also make your own list of prompts.

Browse the Hashtag :

If the official prompts aren’t working for you, there’s always the hashtag to explore for inspiration. Simply type #Inktober or #Inktober2020 into the Twitter or Instagram search box and you’ll instantly get a glimpse into how other illustrators are tackling the challenge.

Take Your Tools :

You never know when you might grab a spare five minutes, or whether or not you’re going to get struck by inspiration, so carrying your ink pens and a notebook with you wherever you go is another way to make Inktober more manageable.

Pick a Theme :

If you like the idea of using the Inktober prompts we mentioned earlier, another way to make the most of them is to pick a theme you can hang them around.

We’ve seen lots of artists doing this over on the Inktober hashtag, and it looks like a genius way to narrow down your decision making over the coming weeks.

Don’t Aim for a Masterpiece Every Day :

It’s easy to get carried away with grand plans, but great artwork takes time, and realistically you’re not going to be able to create a masterpiece each day. Be honest and true to your Art.


1. Can you use watercolor in Inktober? 
- Yes, you can use watercolors in Inktober, but the primary focus is typically on ink-based artwork.

2. Can you use a pencil during Inktober
- Pencil sketches are generally allowed as a starting point during Inktober, but the emphasis is on using ink for the final artwork.

3. What materials can you use for Inktober?
- You can use various materials for Inktober, including ink pens, brushes, markers, and even digital tools that simulate ink. The key is to create ink-based drawings and illustrations throughout the month of October.

Have fun

We’ve bleated on and on about how Inktober is great for polishing your artistic skills and discipline, but remember it’s also a fantastic opportunity to simply have fun.

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