#Inktober: Celebrating the Practice of Art In Paper and Sculpture

The idea is that during the month of October, artists post a new ink drawing daily on their social media sites using the #inktober hashtag. This is a fun, motivational challenge any artist can participate in and a great way to practice your drawing and inking skills and to get into the habit of drawing every day.

How did Inktober get started? In 2009, artist Jake Parker wanted to improve his inking skills and instill good drawing habits. As a personal challenge, he decided he would post a daily inked drawing for an entire month on social media. People began to notice his daily posts and looked forward to seeing the next one. His personal challenge has now grown into a worldwide event every October.

Because it is a voluntary challenge, there are no hard and fast rules with a bunch of strict requirements — no mandatory items that must be drawn, no tests, no grades, everyone will pass, and you will most likely improve your drawing and inking skills. So it's a win-win situation. The main concept is to challenge yourself — to practice — but then you have to put it out there — post it online. (For me that is the hardest part!)

The other nice thing is that since it is a personal challenge you can post twice a week, once a week, however it works for you. Do as much as you can and post your drawings. No matter how often you can complete a drawing, you will learn something new and improve in some way.

This year, I’ve decided to join the Inktober movement but I am going to put a little bit of my own spin on it. I am going to draw a simple black-and-white line drawing and then pull out a small piece of the drawing to create a 3D paper sculpture piece of the drawing. My month will actually be a little bit of #Sculptober and #Inktober combined! (Sculptors post daily sculptures in the month of October too.)

One of the main reasons I want to participate in Inktober is I think it will help me add the 3D elements to my line drawings quickly. I don’t want to spend more than 1.5 hours on each piece. My Inktober 3D paper sculptures will be simple line drawings — more like 3D sketch ideas — that I will post every week.

This will be challenging for me since all of my finished paper sculptures take hours and hours to complete. I can be a bit of a perfectionist at times, which can really slow down my creative process. I can spend a large amount of time adjusting the smallest details. I think learning to create a sketch, adding 3D elements to it and sticking to an online posting schedule will help me to realize that things can look better with a little bit less fretting.

My designs included a giraffe family, a little cactus, ducks, coneflowers, rabbits and more! You can see all of my #Inktober and #Sculptober artwork below. It was a great experience to work on these pieces, and I can’t wait to incorporate some news idea from this project into bigger projects

Will you join in and participate in #Inktober? Share your links below so we can check out your work too!