What is Inktober 2018 and how do I take part?

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It's that time again to post one ink drawing for each day of October - and great art is already flooding in.

It's that time of year again when everyone is encouraged to pick up a pen in the name of Inktober, the month-long challenge where artists post one ink-drawn work for each day of October. The rules are simple: make an ink drawing – you're allowed to use a pencil under-drawing if you wish – and post on your favourite social media networks with the hashtag of #inktober and #inktober2018.

Although a lot of artists use this period as a great way to showcase their art, Inktober is open to anyone and everyone, even untalented artists like ourselves at Digital Arts.

Official Inktober 2018 Prompt List

You can use the official Inktober 2018 prompt list below if you run out of inspiration, as dreamt up by Inktober creator and artist in his own right Jake Parker. The prompts are also available in different languages on the Inktober site.

We've already seen some good Inktober stuff on our Instagram feeds from the likes of US illustrator Scott Carr.

We also like this one from George 'OMGIDrawEdit' Goodwin, who we featured as one of the Best New Illustration and Graphic Design Talents from New Designers 2018.

There are already loads of 'unofficial' Inktober prompts you can follow, too, like these ones from Brut Magazine based around 31 cult movies. Today's film is the 1987 horror Street Trash, which inspired this take by OEK Design.

31 new drawings can be a daunting challenge, so don't put undue pressure on yourself. As illustrator Matt Saunders tweeted a few days ago, "Don't forget it’s a self imposed thing; you don’t need to apologise if you can’t do it. Enjoy what you do, don’t punish yourself in your spare time and if you do it, try to enjoy it."

Wise words Matt - and good luck if you take on the Inktober 2018 challenge, people. If you don't have a decent enough pen to ink with, check out our 10 Best Drawing Pens for Artists and Designers.

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