Inktober 2019

October. A time for the change in seasons, spooky decorations, pumpkin-spice-everything and… ink? That’s right, 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of Inktober, a month long art challenge created by artist Jake Parker that is focused on improving skill and developing positive drawing habits.* This 31-day project provides artists and everyday doodlers alike with one-word prompts for each day of the month to tackle in whatever way they see fit. Below you’ll discover a sample of Inktober pieces by the designers at Spitball.


Personally, this is my first year partaking in the ink-centric event after being talked into it by my fellow designers – who are much more adept to putting ink on page and creating something that looks good if I might add. A daunting task for someone like myself who is not an illustrator by any meaning of the word. With that in mind, I decided to take Inktober in another direction in which I challenged myself to think differently, coming up with more obscure interpretations of the daily prompts prior to sketching and vectorizing minimally-aesthetic visuals:



The time of Inktober is upon us yet again! This year is my second round of joining in on the month-long illustrative party. My passion for consistent creation is simply why I chose to spend at 30 min or less every day sketching, then doodling. The main goal I have set for myself as a designer/illustrator for participating is the same reason your BFF signed up for that 30-day Get FIT Challange–FLEXING those creative muscles and practicing good brainstorming and creation habits.



I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Inktober for years. I love that it celebrates my absolute favorite thing: drawing, but hate that it puts me face-to-face with my weakness for overreaching and ultimately abandoning personal projects. This year I decided not to overthink my Inktober theme. I resolved to draw a skink (rhymes with ink) every day with no grander ambitions. No surprise to myself, it’s evolved into a lot of research about these little lizards and my own bizarre twists on #skinkfacts. So I’m falling behind, but I’m also enjoying the best part of Inktober; uninhibited creative exploration.



I’m new to Inktober, but after hearing the design team describe it, I knew I wanted to participate. My approach was (relatively) simple. I started off by reading the words on the list and associating each with an object. Then I went out and gathered those objects. Finally the fun part, I challenged myself to find interesting ways to transform each object and tell a story by adding a little doodle (thus Doodle Man was born). I will admit, I thought of more ideas than I executed…but next year is a new year!





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