By Abbey McGee, Staff Writer

During the month of October, the artist community practices a tradition known as “Inktober.”

Inktober is when artists attempt to draw using only pens or any type of inking tool, including markers. 

Inktober was created in 2009 by Jake Parker, where he claims on his website, “as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits.”

It has since attracted artists worldwide, and thousands participate in it every year.

Some artists prefer creating original pieces without a prompt behind them.

Others, like myself, will draw based on the prompts, or anything that interests them, such as these characters from The Adventure Zone, a podcast.

Ultimately, the drawings are completely up to the artist, whether original or prompt/interest based.

The biggest challenge of Inktober is it’s reason for having been created; the challenge of using a different kind of artistic media, one that can’t be erased or undone.

But the most important part of Inktober is to have fun with it! It may not be for everyone, and that’s alright. What matters is that you have fun, and in the end, no matter how you do it, or if you do it, you feel confident in your art.