Inktober at HappyDesigner!

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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A few of my previous clients

Design against furSt Ives Memory BayEden ProjectSkyRespect for animalsPets at HomeSt Moritz Hotel

  • “Logos received with a BIG thanks, Basically I love them all” 
    Helen Chuah, Giggling Baby Products

  • Got home tonight and the books had arrived. Absolutely love them. My girlfriend loves your illustrations.” - Andrew Jeffery: 'Wolfboy Book'

  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • "Yes!!!! Wow…Love it!!! ..thanks so much, I absolutely the character design you have done for us!!! xx” Lisa Dell, Cornish Firewood

  • "It won’t be a struggle working with Sarah, it’ll be a pleasure. Can’t recommend enough”
    - Richard Quick

  • "I am absolutely THRILLED TO BITS with your illustrations! THEY ARE MAGNIFICENT!”
    - Susanna Jennicrai, Book Author

  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • "i really like ur books my mommy reads them 2 me all the time ur really good at drawling and i want 2 be like u when i grow up :-)"  Natassia Flegal (hd fan)

  • "Sarah is quality.  Not just her design but she is a pleasure to work with."
    - Bob Harper, Portfolio Marketing

  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

  • "Thank you so much Sarah! What a fantastic set of illustrations for the first in our series of children’s books. We can’t wait to work with you on the second book!" Jane Archer-Wilms & Marlies Veenhof

  • “I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • "Sarah provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could" Discovery Leisure

  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'

  • "You do have a very positive feel about everything you do. I do wish you continued success in all your work. All the best, SimonSimon James, Famous Children’s Book Illustrator

  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • "Our brand wouldn't be the same without her on-going input. Just fab xx”
    - Justine Rogers, Dainty Dizzy