The Inktober Initiative
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.
The Official 2016 Inktober Prompt List:
1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).
2) Post it online
3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2016
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.
ARTSNACKS + INKTOBER
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Check out what artists all over the world are doing for Inktober!
INKTOBER PEN LIST
For a list of pens and other art supplies check out
1A) Copic Multiliner
A great pen to learn inking on. I have the 0.1, 0.3, and 0.5 and they all work great. These are a little more expensive than your typical disposable technical pen, but I like the tips better, and like the fact that I can buy refills for them.
A work horse. It has a nylon brush tip, and offers a smooth and powerful line but can also give you fun expressive lines too. I've been drawing with this pen for years and it holds up to a beating, yet will still give you a fine delicate line if you need it. I highly reccommend it.
This pen is my back up work horse and in some cases it's my go-to. I've inked an entire comic with it and it never falters. Makes clean, meaningful lines with it's durable tip.
This pen is my favorite felt tip. The line is crisp and stays that way over most of it's life time. An added bonus is the grey ink on the flip side that's great for shading.
This pen is beautiful. The lines are rich yet sharp. It's great for details and broad strokes. The pen has a little more weight to it so you feel like you're actually holding something. The fine nylon bristles have a satisfying snap to it allowing you to intuitively move from thick to thin. I love it.
I've been using this pen a lot lately. Does great details and the ink flow is always consistent. It gives you beautiful delicate lines from both it's tips. The larger of the two is a nylon bristle tip, and does all the heavy lifting. The smaller one is a felt tip and is great for added details. When they start to get dry you can use them for some cool dry brush effects. Not refillable, so beware.
This is the newest pen in drawing arsenal. It has a springy tip that can get some nice delicate lines. The inkflow is balanced. But the best thing about this brush pen is it's WATERPROOF. So markers don't smudge it, watercolors play well with it. It's a great pen for working with all kinds of wet media.
This is what brush pens wish they were. This is the gold standard, Rolls Royce of inking tools. It's the brush Bill Watterson drew Calvin and Hobbes with. No nylon, synthetics, or plastic here, just wood, metal, and hair. There's nothing quite like drawing with one. The ONLY draw back is you have to dip it in ink, which can get tedious, especially while under a deadline.
Works great for inking with a brush or nib.
I've tried out a bunch of white pens, and this one is hands down the best. Don't waste you time, and just get the roll with Gellys. (I just came up with that, contact me Sakura if you need any more marketing copy)
Super handy for adding a little bit of highlight on a drawing.
I use this stuff for all my inking mistakes. It might not be the best option, but it's so easy.
7D) Deleter Manga Ink - White 2
Really opaque and good for editing areas, or just adding white in spots.
Every year I post a list of the best pens to use for Inktober. These are pens I've used and trust to get the job done.
Learn How To Ink
I created a class for SVSlearn.com on how to ink. This class is over 2 hours of inking instruction. Filled with exercises, techniques and tips, both beginners and intermediate drawers will learn how to improve their inking game and level up.
Includes a PDF of high resolution scans of my drawings to practice inking over. Check it out: