Inktober is a fun drawing challenge that was originally created by artist Jake Parker in 2009 and has since spread across the internet. The concept is simple and fun: Every day in October you can draw anything you’d like, as long as it’s in ink (digital or traditional). Doing a rough sketch underneath is allowed. Then share your work on social media using the hash tag “#inktober”. It sounds like fun and I’m hoping to contribute off-and-on throughout the month (deadlines permitting). For more info and rules visit http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober.
Need some Inktober drawing ideas? I’ve put together a free PDF download of 31 drawing prompts from the Pose Drawing Sparkbook. (EDIT: About 2/3 of the list is from the book, the other 1/3 is new). As with everything in the book they are specifically designed to help you practice making your drawings more expressive and entertaining:
Here’s the list in non-PDF form:
- Trying to close an overstuffed suitcase.
- A clumsy jester has spilled wine all over the king.
- A caveman teaching his pet dinosaur to play fetch.
- “I just heard the funniest joke!”
- An old professor chases his escaped lab rat through the university library.
- Asking a loan shark for money.
- Haven’t slept in three days.
- Illustrate “dignity”
- A hermit describing how he was abducted by a UFO.
- ‘The boy who cried wolf’ realizing that this time no one is coming.
- “There, there. It’s be all right.”
- A coach blowing his top during a halftime locker room speech.
- Learning to roller skate.
- A hammy actor fumbles and drops the skull during a performance of “Hamlet”
- An imaginative child playing with a cardboard box.
- Illustrate “macho”
- Just spilled a drink on your laptop.
- A timid person confronting a bully.
- Opening a door with your arms full.
- A young farm boy tries to get a stubborn goat out of it’s pen.
- Really telling someone off!
- “I may be old but I could still whip both of you!”
- At home alone watching a scary movie.
- Illustrate ”headache”
- Someone smashing their thumb with a hammer.
- Walking into a gust of wind.
- Telling a story to a child.
- A nervous criminal attempting his first robbery.
- “Aw, shucks!”
- Illustrate “out of breath”
- Dr. Jekyll transforming into Mr. Hyde
Unfortunately physical copies of the Pose Drawing Sparkbook are sold out but the PDF/ebook version is still available in my studio store. The ebook is actually more popular than the physical book. It’s cheaper, easy to carry around, and works as a companion to any normal sketchbook. Oh, and if you bundle it with any other item in the store you can save 15% on your entire purchase with offer code “bundle15”.
Anyway, enjoy this free download and please share it with others. Just post this link on your favorite social media: http://bit.ly/1tnlfqY
(NOTE: The Pose Drawing Sparkbook is not affiliated with or endorsed by Jake Parker.)