For artists across the world, hashtag #inktober means creativity, exploration, expression, as well as experimentation. The Inktober initiative, started by American illustrator Jake Parker in 2009, has become a worldwide phenomenon where hobbyists, students and amateur as well as professional artists take upon themselves the challenge that urges them to expand their creative boundaries.
The rules are fairly simple. Make a drawing in ink, post it online and hashtag it #inktober and #inktober2016. And so, a vast online archive of art is born every October, with every artist bringing in his or her own flavour to the different themes.
“I created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavour with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year,” says Parker on the official Inktober website.
Many in India have been taking up the Inktober challenge and posting amazing content online with the hashtag #inktoberindia. A single glance at the plethora of illustrations born out of Inktober and one sees that there’s everything there: numerous styles, different approaches, varying mediums, and several subjects!
An avid participant in Inktober 2016, Mayura Datar, a National Institute of Design (NID) alumna who is an animator by profession, says, “I really wanted to make something unique and native to me. For the whole of October I looked around with great interest, noticing details, thinking of different concepts/frames/emotions. Enjoyed every bit of the self-learning process.”
There are thousands of artists out there like Mayura, who looked, observed, innovated and put their ideas on paper this Inktober. From Twitter to Instagram to Tumblr, Facebook to Imgur, Inktober was everywhere. Here are a a few brilliant Inktober illustrations posted by Indian artists.
There’s more out there. Simply type #Inktoberindia in your search engine and keep exploring!