This past October, artists at Ukiah High participated in the world-wide drawing challenge known as Inktober. While each Wildcat produced unique results, Inktober has resparked creativity for many of the participants .
Inktober is a month-long drawing event where artists and non-artists alike draw in ink every day of October then share their drawings via social media while following the official prompt list, which changes every year. For October of 2022, the themes were :
We spoke with participant Sofia Vega who has told us that she only found out about inktober “on the 6th of this year”. Her drawing of Day 9, Nest, depicted a cave of bats appearing to stare at the viewer. “I’ve heard similar concepts like Inktober before and decided it would be fun to try it out”.
Inktober was originally created to develop positive drawing habits, but for Sofia “It started to get me to draw again because I haven’t been drawing for a while. And the prompts really helped me be more creative”.
Ms. Easterbrook, the UHS Art teacher, encourages students to participate in the event because “it is an invitation to join a community passionate about drawing and art.” Because so many people participate and share their work inspired by the limited topics “it is fun to see what so many people do with the same prompt”.
For those who missed the challenge, don’t sweat! Inktober happens every year. And for those who just can’t wait, Inktober has inspired similar events that are close by, such as: Mer-May, Art Journal January, Drawcember, and so much more.