Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Inktober 2016

Inktober was created by Jake Parker in 2009  as a challenge to improve his "inking skills and develop positive drawing habits.  It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year." http://mrjakeparker.com/ (aka agent 44)

I started late this year (because there never seems to be enough hours in each day) but once I started I remembered how much I love this challenge.

My Tweet: "A little behind on my #inktober sketches this year #inktober2016 #Lamy #NoodlerInk"

Inktober: Day 10 (Tweet link)
I have been using the unsplash.com website for some of my inktober sketches (above and below). Unsplash is a project of Montreal's CREW and offers great FREE (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos.What a great resource for daily sketchers and painters like me who seek high quality reference photos.

Give it a try! Go to unsplash and pick out an image that catches your eye and ink it! It's great fun and a really positive daily exercise that can easily be done over morning coffee. Then share your sketches with the online community using hashtags #inktober and/or #inktober2016.

Inktober: Day 11 (Tweet link)
P.S. For my sketches, I am using my Lamy Safari fountain pen and Fabriano bristol paper which I just love!
More About Jake Parker

Jake is an illustrator based in Utah. For the last 15 years he has worked on everything from animated films to comics to picture books. He has lived in six states, working at the best studios with the most amazing and talented people in the country. Now he freelances out of his home studio.
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  1. Thanks for the mention Cindi - stoked that it's helped with inktober!

    1. Unsplash is an amazing resource for artists like me searching for beautiful image references. I am so grateful for all the images, contributors and the CREW!