Anyone can do Inktober, just pick up a pen and start drawing!

So as children’s illustrators, (which some of us are!) we love to take part in anything that allows us to play with different drawing styles, types of drawing, and different mediums with which to paint and do art. Here at happydesigner we got wind of Inktober, which is a fab idea! It was started by Jake Parker as a challenge. He said:

“I created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year”.

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Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.

We’re hoping to get the challenge going this week over on our Instagram page this month.

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If you are a illustrator taking part, why don’t you tag @happydesigner in your posts? That way we can keep up with what everybody is doing, and we might even be able to share your Inktober posts! There’s nothing more enjoyable than putting the kettle on, grabbing a biscuit and scrolling through Instagram to check out all the Inktober posts.

We’ll also be putting a few images on our Facebook page, and on Twitter.

If you want to get involved, all you need to do is draw some fab inky pictures (octopus pictures are optional but make a great visual pun!) and head to your social media and use the hashtag #Inktober. There’s a really useful list of “prompts” you can use, should you be stuck for ideas. These give you an idea a day, and can be found here.

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Some of the prompts have really got us thinking; how can we depict “Fierce” (number 14), or “Squeak” (26)? Some of these would be easier than others for children’s illustration, but that’s the beauty of getting involved; you don’t have to draw for any genre!

So, get involved, get drawing, and get creative! We’ll be keeping up with everyone’s inky splotches and scribbles this month, mug o’ tea and some Digestives (chocolate, natch) at hand! Have fun!

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