| Illustration

At the beginning of this year, I had no idea what inktober was. Everything about a real art life had been just started for me as a junior illustrator by that time. I just made a decision and took a step to start this illustration and art journey back then. I knew that I am gonna love this because since my childhood art has always become a part of my life. But this year is different than the previous ones because I decided to make art like a professional. Since January 2018, I am trying to accomplish that and trying to improve myself in terms of the technics and the skills.

Luckily, I have learned very early that everyday practice is the best thing which can be ever done in order to see a real improvement as a junior artist.

That’s why I did 3o-day everyday painting challenge by myself during March in this year. It helped me to decide what I love and I want to proceed with. Of course, exploring new thing was never ended for me. I focused on much more watercolor and gouache painting. Then, when October came closer, I heart about the period of time when people do ink drawing-painting every day for a month which is called as Inktober.

After this long introduction, I can finally talk about this year’s Inktober. Since the beginning of this year, I have been following so many artists and illustrators on social media. It was actually not possible for me to not hear about Inktober. Because there are many creative people were talking about it already. So, I wanted to learn what it was properly and watched a couple of YouTube videos. Then, there were only two days to October and I decided to join this year’s Inktober. This is how it all started for me.

My main points were;

  • To be able to stick with one type of prompt
  • To be able to accomplish everyday art practice
  • To be able to share every day prompt on Instagram
  • To be able to organize my day and make a proper time for making art and sharing it even though I am very busy
  • To be able to get used to make art every single day and make it permanent in my daily routine
  • To see my limits

For all those reasons, I want to do my own prompt list and stick to it. If you ever heard about Inktober, you may know that there is an official prompt list prepared by Jake Parker. However, it was gonna be pretty challenging if I ever attempt the official list while I am very beginner.

The main purpose of Inktober for me was to attend a daily illustration challenge, make it through all 31 days, share them on Instagram every day.

That’s why I didn’t attend the official prompt list because I would most probably burn out even before I finish the first 10 days.

I wanted to practice very loose architectural simple drawings. I used only roller black pen. I stuck with only drawing not painting.

My suggestions for people who want to attend Inktober;

  • Plan everything before Inktober.
  • Prepare your materials before Inktober starts (papers, inks, pens, paintings, anything you’d use).
  • If you have to work or study all day, plan your Inktober piece one night ahead.
  • In order to track yourself, share your works on social media. Instagram is highly recommended.
  • Follow someone else’s works and join this Inktober community. It is really fun and very motivational.
  • Plan your time wisely to shoot your piece and share it on social media.
  • Make it easy for yourself. Do not forget that the main purpose is practicing every day and improving yourself according to your plans.
  • Don’t forget that you don’t have to use only ink. You can use whatever you like. If you want to try a new media then go with that.

That’s all I want to say for this year’s Inktober. I want to join next year too hopefully. It is a really good opportunity for especially creative people. So, I highly recommend for you to search for it if you ever think to join next year.


Inktober 2018 - day 26-31
Inktober 2018 – day 26-31
Inktober 2018 - day 20-25
Inktober 2018 – day 20-25
Inktober 2018 - day 14-19
Inktober 2018 – day 14-19
Inktober 2018 - day 8-13
Inktober 2018 – day 8-13
Inktober 2018 - day 2-7
Inktober 2018 – day 2-7
Inktober 2018 - day 1
Inktober 2018 – day 1