Inktober Starts Today – 31 Day Challenge

Inktober Starts Today – 31 Day Challenge


Since its inception in 2009 Inktober has grown into a worldwide challenge for artists. As the name suggests, the challenge takes place throughout October.

The premise is simple. Make an ink drawing each day throughout the month of October. 31 days, 31 drawings. The reality is that it’s tough to commit to.

Inktober as a challenge was created in 2009 by illustrator Jake Parker whose body of work includes feature films like ‘Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs’ and ‘Rio’.

The idea – to motivate artists to create ink drawings everyday for a month – captured the imagination of many around the world, and in 2014 over 100,000 ink drawn images were tagged on twitter.

Initially the concept was simply to draw an ink image a day throughout the month of October. The idea evolved and in recent years an official prompt list has been published (see below for this year’s list). The list provides a word a day which you can use as inspiration and work into your drawing if you see fit.



Inktober is hard. It’s difficult to commit the time required to produce a drawing a day. It’s harder sometimes to figure out what to draw in the first place.

It’s ok if you dip in and out, it’s ok if you miss days and make them up later. The only rule is that your picture must be in ink, and if you want to join in with the wider community, post your pictures online with the tag #Inktober.

You don’t have to take part at all to enjoy Inktober. Many top comic book artists and illustrators take part in the challenge too! So if you can’t find the time to create, sit back and enjoy the work of those that can.

I’ll be trying again this year to complete the 31 days (follow @ThatNerdWill on twitter to find out how I get on). I failed last year and I may fail again this year. But at least I’ll be creative for a while and enjoy myself in the process. Are you game?

Here’s the official 2018 prompt list. Good luck!


Inktober Prompt List 2018



Will Harrison

About the author | Will Harrison

Founder of The Unheard Nerd. A husband and father of two girls, Will is a fan of Nerdcore Hip-Hop, a comics fiend, a podcast host and champion of independent nerd culture. | Follow will on twitter: @TheUnheardNerd

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