Muse of the Month: Inktober

October’s Muse of the Month is something I’ve started taking part in only recently, but that I think is a very good exercise for creative minds. That’s why, this month, I’m talking about Inktober!

Some of you may remember when I took part in Inktober last year, and might already know that it’s a thirty-one-day challenge in which participants make one ink drawing per day, every day, during the month of October. At its core, Inktober isn’t that different from other drawing challenges, such as 24-Hour Comics Day (which, incidentally, is today – click here to learn more!), which exist simply to encourage artists to draw more frequently. Some challenges use prompts, while others are open-ended, allowing each artist to choose what to draw.

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Some of my Inktober pieces from 2015.

But here’s why I picked Inktober – and, to an extent, drawing challenges as a whole – as my Muse of the Month. It might sound obvious that simply drawing more often is the best way to become a better artist, but sometimes even artists with years of experience behind them can forget this. Drawing challenges such as Inktober are excellent at helping you stretch that creative muscle, practicing idea generation, and keeping yourself goal-oriented. They’re also an excellent reminder that not every piece of artwork you make will be your best… and that that’s okay! The great thing about Inktober is that you have thirty-one chances to make artwork, so there’s a really good chance that you’ll end up with at least a few drawings that you really like by the end of the month.

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More Inktober drawings from 2015.

As someone who’s been the victim of terrible creative block in the past, to the point that I felt like I couldn’t draw anything for months at a time, let me tell you that challenges and prompts can be lifesavers. Losing motivation and inspiration can really make you feel awful about the quality of your work, but having a goal and a starting point is a huge help when you feel stuck. The most important thing you can do is to keep making art, even when it’s not your best and biggest work. That’s why I like Inktober so much: Any ink drawing you make during October counts, no matter how big, small, simple, or complex it is. So whether you’re doodling on a Post-it note with a ballpoint pen or creating a finished illustration with microns, you can be a part of Inktober, too!

I’m excited to be participating in Inktober again this year, and I’m hoping I can get some of my friends to join me, as well. If you’re interested in taking part in the challenge, you should click here to visit the official Inktober site for all the details and a list of this year’s prompts.

Happy Inktober, everyone!

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