What is Inktober?

Inktober drawing

So, what exactly is this 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 the entire month.

Also, every year, right before October, the official site publishes a list with of themes to draw for the each 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’s list, you can use other lists, or create your own!

Hashtags used for this art challenge: #inktober and #intober2021 #ink #instainktober

Are you interested in other challenges? Check out this List of Art Challenges!

The Official Inktober 2021 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. Crystal 11. Sour 21. Fuzzy
2. Suit 12. Stuck 22. Open
3. Vessel 13. Roof 23. Leak
4. Knot 14. Tick 24. Extinct
5. Raven 15. Helmet 25. Splat
6. Spirit 16. Compass 26. Connect
7. Fan 17. Collide 27. Spark
8. Watch 18. Moon 28. Crispy
9. Pressure 19. Loop 29. Patch
10. Pick 20. Sprout 30. Slither
31. Risk


When did Inktober start?

The Inktober started it in the year 2009. It was created by Jake Parker, a fame 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 vary 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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