Have you heard about Inktober?

Every year, artists all over the world create one drawing a day for the entire month of October and post it online. Back in 2009, as a personal project to improve his inking skills and develop a positive drawing habit, Jake Parker started what we now know as Inktober. Since then, the challenge has grown into a global endeavour with thousands of artists taking on this challenge each year.

Inktober is a movement to get yourself to draw better, flex a little, and most importantly have some fun with your art. Inktober isn’t a contest to see who the best artist is, rather it is a challenge to help you become a better artist. It’s a challenge to see how you can improve your art in the span of a month, and to be inspired and help inspire other artists to do the same.

The steps for taking part in the challenge are simple:

  1. Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).
  2. Post it
  3. Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2021
  4. Repeat

[P.S. - Remember to use the hashtags #inktober and #inktober2021 for your art to be seen by everyone!]

Here is why we love Inktober

  1. Learn a new medium.
    If you’re new to inking, this is an awesome time to really explore it. Whether you decide to go traditional or digital, inking forces you to narrow down to the most basic of components, black lines on white paper. Plus, you never know how learning to ink can help improve your overall creative skills.
  2. Develop a daily drawing habit.
    It takes about 21 days to build a habit. So, if you can make it through Inktober, you’ll stick to your daily drawing habit long after Inktober is done. And if you stick with your daily drawing habit, you are sure to become a better artist!
  3. Push your creative limits.
    It’s hard enough to come up with a concept or an idea for even one drawing, let alone one every day for 31 days straight. Inktober gives you the chance to churn your brain and figure out creative solutions. The official prompt list can help!
    Inktober
  4. Get more exposure for your art.
    One of the main rules of Inktober is to share your work with others. By posting new drawings daily, you gain more viewership of your work, and potentially grow your following. (Be sure to use #mangoinktober2021 or tag @mangoartandstationery when you post on Instagram or Facebook! We will be sharing our favourites throughout the whole month of October)
  5. Learn how to complete a project.
    It’s a lot easier to start a project than to finish it! By staying dedicated to the challenge, you will learn patience, work through daily struggles, and take the steps needed to complete the challenge.
  6. Conquer your fears.
    Inktober pushes you to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. If you let fear get in your way, you can end up missing out on the end result. It’s okay if you miss a day, or a drawing comes out wonky. At least the process will help you grow as an artist.
  7. Have fun!
    It’s not a competition. It’s about becoming a better artist by creating a positive habit. One drawing a day will lead to steady improvement and that is the end goal. Have fun out there!

Things to keep in mind while starting your Inktober journey:

Technical Aspects

  1. Stay present/mindful while you're creating your art.
    No matter how small a sketch or study you’re working on, do your best to stay present (whether it be 5 minutes or an hour). If you’re too tired or unable to concentrate, consider resting and getting back to work the following day, or take a break to do something else that will allow you to de-stress before getting back into it.
  2. The process is important.
    Enjoy the phases as you create (brainstorming, preparation, preliminary sketch, developing marks/colors/values, etc.) and acknowledge them each as an essential part of the process.

Mental Aspects

  1. Practice increases confidence and pace.
    The only way to really improve your self-confidence, is through practicing drawing and experiencing it first-handed on a continuous basis. The more you draw, the more skilled you become, which makes you more comfortable doing it, which translates into doing things better and faster.
  2. Creativity needs consistency.
    You've heard this saying about creativity being a muscle. But there's really nothing like participating in a daily challenge to really understand what pushing your creative limits for a long period of time can do for you.
  3. Determination is essential in order to reach any meaningful goal.
    Many of us are able to set those goals, but we fail at completing them because we lack motivation or life simply gets in the way. Participating in the Inktober challenge can be difficult, but the end result makes it worth it.

Excited for Inktober 2021? Here are some things that will help you get started.

  1. Fineliners
    Fineliners
  2. Fountain Pens
    Fountain Pens
  3. Dip Pens & Nibs
    Dip Pens & Nibs
  4. Mango Originals Artist Drawing Paper
    • 30 Sheets - 180 GSM
    • Archival Paper
    • Acid Free
    • 100% Wood free
    • Ideal for Pencil, Coloured Pencil, Red Chalk, Black Lead, Pastel, Crayons, Felt Pen, Inks
    Mango Originals Artist Drawing Paper
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Unnati Gada

Unnati Gada