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#Inktober2016: Here’s a Look at 14 Awesome Illustrations by Indian Artists

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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.

For those who need a little headstart, there is an everyday prompt list!

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.

Day 27- creepy

Posted by Mayura Datar on Monday, October 31, 2016


#hidden #inktoberindia #inktober #gestalt #camoflage

A post shared by Rhea (@rheamuthane) on


21/31 Big spoons are the best #inktoberbig #inktober2016 #inktoberindia

A post shared by Lorraine Fernandes (@culturecrow) on



Day 5 #inktober2016 #inktober #brushpen #blackandwhite #illustration #illustrationindia #love #broken

A post shared by Anirban Ghosh (@anirban_ghosh) on






It is not my intention to show women in a sympathetic light. While you and I might be empowered and enjoy equality in all or most aspects of our lives, there are those who still need us to recognise that they are being taught to be scared of breathing, of having a voice, an opinion, an identity, and a life. They want us to ask questions, so they can also have the strength to ask questions. They want us to recognize their problems, and not forget because our lives are perfect, so we can find a solution Why should a woman be scared of life even before she is born? why should she be scared to choose a life she thinks best for herself? why should she be scared to run in a dark alley? why should she be scared to wear the clothes she wants to? why should she be scared to just be herself? #inktoberday13 #alittlelate #inktober2016 #inktoberindia #women #femalefoeticide #patriarchialsociety #womenempowerment #equality #genderequality #genderbiases #equalworld

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I guess I'll start using colored ink for the next few sketches #Inktober Day 19

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There’s more out there. Simply type #Inktoberindia in your search engine and keep exploring!

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