It's Inktober Time!

What’s not to like in October?

Our oppressive summer with no rain has finally come to a much welcomed end. There is candy corn, Halloween and then there is Inktober.

I have to admit that I’d never heard of Inktober until I saw sketch books showing up on Facebook.  I decided to join in and try my hand at inking. 

Jake Parker, a talented illustrator, started Inktober.

This is from his website:

31 Days 31 Drawings

Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. 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.
Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.

InkTober rules:

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it on your blog (or tumblr, instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.)

3) Hashtag it with #inktober

4) Repeat

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.

That's it! Now go make something beautiful.

Ok Jake, Thanks for the inspiration.  Here is my start. 


The first two were done when I wasn't sure I was going to participate.  The bird in the cup is a copy of a pin from Pinterest from the blog: Little Monarch.  I believe that it is a tattoo called Bird Bath.  The last one is a sketch of my cute little kitten, Bailey, who was kind enough to pose form me.

I've never been much of a sketcher or sure with myself when it comes to pen and ink but I am going to practice what I preach and be willing to be a beginner.

I hope you will join me.  If you leave a link in the comments, I will come visit you on your blog or Facebook page.

Cheering you on!

Diana Meade