What is Inktober?

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What is Inktober?

Inktober is an art challenge that happens in October. Its name comes from two words – October and Ink.

Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day for the entire month.

Also, every year, right before October, the official site publishes a list of themes to draw for every day of the month.

However, you are not bound to use the official list – many artists create their own October lists, and share them on their social media. So if you don’t like the themes posted in the official Inktober list, you can use other lists, or create your own!

Hashtags used for this art challenge: #inktober and #intober2023 #ink #instainktober

Websites related to Inktober:

Official website:
Instagram page: @inktober
Twitter page: @inktober
Facebook page: @inktober 


The Official Inktober 2023 Prompt List


Below you can find a text list – if you are a foreigner, and don’t know the meaning of a certain word, just copy it and translate in Google translator.


1. Dream 11. Wander 21. Chains
2. Spiders 12. Spicey 22. Scratchy
3. Path 13. Rise 23. Celestial
4. Dodge 14. Castle 24. Shallow
5. Map 15. Dagger 25. Dangerous
6. Golden 16. Angel 26. Remove
7. Drip 17. Demon 27. Beast
8. Toad 18. Saddle 28. Sparkle
9. Bounce 19. Plump 29. Massive
10. Fortune 20. Frost 30. Rush
31. Fire


When did Inktober start?

The Inktober started in the year 2009. It was created by Jake Parker, a famous Youtube illustrator, who wanted to develop positive drawing habits using Ink. The challenge became viral and today artists worldwide participate in it.

You can watch his video about Inktober on his YouTube channel:


Can you start Inktober late?

Of course!
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. Whatever you decide, just be consistent with it. Inktober is all about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more consistent the better.


What tools can you use for Inktober?

Paper – Using high-quality paper for your Inktober drawings could make a huge difference.
and of course a Pen or Brush + Ink.
The creator of the Inktober, James Parker uses Pentel Brush Pen.

Are markers allowed for Inktober?
, on it’s said that you can use markers as your inking tool or to color.

Do you know any cheap ink art supplies that I could use in this year’s Inktober?
You could use micron pens, which are a few dollars each and are often used by professional artists. You could also use a dip pen, which varies in price. Uniball makes some excellent pens for drawing. You could even move the ink around after drawing with water and a brush for some cool watercolor effects.

You could also use ordinary ballpoint pens! It just depends on what you want to use, but you can do Inktober even with only a few dollars.

List of perfect sketchbooks for Inktober

CANSON Pro Layout Marker Pad

Crescent Creative Products Rendr Hardbound Sketchbook

Global Art Materials Travelogue Watercolor Book

Strathmore Hardbound Mixed Media Art Journal

Bee Paper Company Bee Creative Watercolor Book

Emraw 40 Sheets Sketch Pad Artist Pro

Field Artist Rectangle Watercolor Journal


If you want to join the Inktober challenge, remember to read the rules:

  • Make a drawing in ink
  • Post it online
  • Hashtag it with #inktober and #intober2021
  • Repeat every day of October

Visit the official site of Inktober here:


Here are some amazing artworks made for the Inktober project!



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