What is Inktober?
Inktober is an “inking” month of fun prompts for October started by Jake Parker, artist, illustrator, author. It started out as black/white, and officially, it is.
But true to world of artists and the internet, make it yours: Just accept a challenge to draw each day– on the official prompts or not– and share! You can still participate, and let’s find out how and what:
How do I participate?
What are the prompts?
Look around.. for more from others.
Not interested in the official prompts? There are plenty more — just search. Here are a few:
- Leila And Po
- #funwithfaces by Charly Clements
- The Pigeon Letters
- Make Art Everyday by Lisa Bardot
And [see next section] here’s a list of alternatives to the original Inktober: Scroll down on Brush Warrior.
I hear there’s controversy
Yes. Apparently the originator has copyrighted the “Inktober.”
That means all those artists who for years and years have supported the hashtag and promoted the work, are now not able to create their own publications with that title.
I see the artist’s reasoning, but the flow, interest, and support came from an open idea of sharing. It would not even exist if other artists had not participated. It’s too bad and a bad move, don’t you think?
So, I agree with the other artists, and I guess I need to change my titles on these blog posts– because the name is copyrighted, and because of my support for other artists. Not that I don’t appreciate the originator’s work, but because I support those who made his success happen.
I’m changing them to my CLmooc group’s monthly drawing challenge, which for October is OctDoodle. I’m a bit disappointed.
What about Vessel?
As I began to write this post, I wanted to explain about the prompt and the month of October. That’s when I discovered the controversy– I’m surprised I missed it last year when all the issues started. So today, my last post about Inktober is this one.
I loved this prompt, though, because through it, I begin my journey to think about November’s NaNoWriMo : National Novel Writing Month. The “vessel” I drew is based on a Flickr Commons CC0 Image of an ancient vessel drawn for an old text.
If you followed my posts for last year’s NaNoWriMo, you’ll notice the symbols that frequent my fantasy story– the wavy lines for air and water, the sun motifs, and the ancient Celtic triskelion and the adaptations created for the universe within my story. So creating a “vessel” to fit one of the families in my story seemed a valuable preparation for whatever story will arise from my characters this year.
Please join in for #octdoodle #clmooc to draw every day– simple, colored, ink, or detailed– and share. The point is to improve and to share, and may the creative force be with you.
New October OctDoodle Draw Daily 2021 Challenge on Flickr
Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts/Media Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker~~
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