You will need:

  • All the art supplies you can gather (dried ink and paint not included)
  • A dedicated sketchbook
  • And a whole lot of heart

Every October, artists around the world the take up the #Inktober challenge.

Started by artist Jake Parker in 2009 as a celebration of inked drawings, the Inktober challenge has gained a lot of popularity globally. The idea is to do one ink drawing every day of the month. And upload it on Instagram with the hashtag #Inktober.

This year, in just four days, the #Inktober2018 had 1 million posts! Talk about virality.

Every year, Jake Parker puts up a list of 31 official prompts for every day of the month. You can choose to follow it or do your own thing.

What I love about the Inktober challenge is that it doesn’t require you to be a professional artist or an illustrator.  Simply, fall in love with ink and art and in the process, learn something new.

This is my third attempt at the Inktober Challenge.  Every year, I start with a bang but eventually, I do not follow through simply because I’ve run out of passion or hit a creative block. This time, however, things have been different. Sure I may have lagged behind by a day or two, but I have found myself making up for it whenever I get a little time.

The trick, I have learnt, is to try something new with each drawing. Whether it is a style of art or the medium and tools you use, it is always good to explore something different. Maybe the end result of your art didn’t turn out as you wanted it to, or perhaps it lacks perfection. The main objective is that you dared to step out of your comfort zone.

Of course, it is an added bonus if you are surrounded by a room full of designers, who are enthusiastic enough to offer their suggestions, tips, tricks and ideas!

Refusing to just wing my doodles aimlessly with a pen, I made it a point to carefully sketch my idea with a pencil before inking it. I have explored different colouring techniques, (some that turned out better than the others), different kinds of pens, (micro tips, roller gel, to brush pens), and different drawing styles (Japanese Chibi manga to geometric shapes).

I particularly liked working on Day 10 – Flowing. My tried to add in a little shading with watercolours which turned out better than I expected. I drew a chibi version of Cruella de Ville for Day 11 – Cruel. My entry uses only red and black ink. I love the idea of highlighting just one element in colour so much that I carried it across a couple of other prompts as well like Drain and Guarded.

“Inktober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.” – Inktober website / Jake Parker

All art is done by Roshni Raghavan for her 2018 Inktober challenge.