A phenomenon that started for fun
Inktober started in 2009 by Jake Parker. It has since grown into a worldwide thing with thousands of artists taking up the challenge every year. The amount of beautiful ink drawings filling our social media feed is incredible; making this month very interesting artistically. What is the secret though behind Inktober’s big success?
A specific goal
First of all Inktober list provides exactly what many beginner artists lack; focus. It sets a very specific goal; you have to go through α list in a month. This helps artists concentrate on one thing and focus all their efforts to achieve this very specific goal. Although someone could argue this limits the artists’ imagination, in reality it provides some comfort to many. And this is because it prevents the chaos in mind sometimes caused by the endlessness of subjects available.
Stress free creativity
Directly related to the previous one, for many beginner artists (and not only…) finding inspiration and an interesting subject is a big task. Inktober’s list gives a very good foundation onto to which everyone can develop their ideas directly. This takes away the stress of finding a new subject and allows them to concentrate on the creative side of drawing. The actual drawing still has to be developed in the artist’s mind, however this is based on something that is already generally accepted as a “good subject” by thousands around the globe. In other words Inktober gives guidance and leads artists down a very specific route without necessarily cutting down their imagination or creativity.
On this basis, Inktober provides a common “platform” and encourages the development of artistic conversation. Work of thousands of artists is accessible online; it actually reaches the audience without even them trying too much. This flow of information about different approaches on the same subject is a constant dialogue between artists themselves. Without even physically talking to each other, they take part in this conversation, exchanging ideas, techniques and styles. The artists have the opportunity to explore different approaches of the same topic and compare their own work to similar work from others. And all this interaction comes for free and with minimal effort (just using the hashtag on social media).
Nothing to lose
This ease and simplicity for someone to be part of Inktober is another reason why the movement is so successful. No need to apply, no need to pay fees, no need to have contacts in the art world. All it takes is literally a simple pen, a piece of paper and your willingness to sketch. If you have these…congrats you are part of the Inktober movement. People have nothing to lose as there is no obligation to finish it or even produce sketches for every item on the list. Inktober is just a good way to have fun, exercise sketching and for many to promote their work.
So, have you created an Inktober sketch you are proud of?
The Artist says:
“Sometimes achieving a better result is a matter of letting yourself and your hands free to create. This is all what art is about anyway. Some technique and theory is necessary however observing the work of established artists and practicing/experimenting with different styles will eventually give you the desired outcome.”
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