12 art supplies you need, to get the most fun out of Inktober

I’m glad you’re thinking of joining millions of artists worldwide taking part in this annual creative endeavor started by illustrator Jake Parker in 2009 called Inktober

What is Inktober?

Basically it’s 31 ink drawings in 31 days. We are given a word prompt for everyday during the month of October. You draw your interpretation of it in ink and then share it on social media using the appropriate hashtags. 


So what art supplies are needed to get started with Inktober?

I’m going to separate this list of recommended Inktober art supplies into 3 phases from basic get’er done to more advanced tools. The first item on the list is just that, the list of words. Our list of Inktober 2019 prompts are set in a calendar-like grid that you can download for free. The boxes are small so you don’t feel overwhelmed with having to finish a large drawing if you don’t have the time. Let’s see what else we need. 


Phase 1: Basic Ink Drawing Art Supplies

  • A pen. Any pen. And paper. Any paper. And the prompts. 


Phase 2: Intermediate Ink Drawing Art Supplies

  • Drawing pens black

  • Different color drawing pens.
    I recommend using just a few colors, maybe 3 to challenge you to think more creatively instead of “green grass”or a “blue sky”. Watch a gouache painting demo about the 3-color challenge or read about the benefits of using a limited palette and how to incorporate it into your work.

  • A pencil for your under drawing

  • Eraser to remove pencil lines if desired.
    Test erasing over your pen lines to ensure the best results. 

  • Sketchbook or heavier art paper the doesn’t bleed


Phase 3: Advanced Ink Drawing Art Supplies

  • Brush pen
    Watch a demo video showing how to ink using a brush pen.

  • Brush and ink
    Watch a demo video showing how to ink using a paint brush and a bottle of ink. 

  • Dip pen and ink
    Watch a demo video showing how to ink using a dip pen and a bottle of ink.

  • Bristol board or watercolor paper

  • Color pencil for underdrawing
    Watch a demo video show a colored pencil underdrawing for inking.

  • Eraser

The appeal of this monthly exercise aside from the beauty of ink drawings is the discipline and commitment to yourself to complete the drawing each day and to push yourself. Also the unforgiving nature of ink helps you become more confident in your drawing. 

I have loved ink drawings from an early age, I think it started from Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic books, Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes, and Jim Davis’ Garfield and the comic book by Todd Mcfarlane, Spawn. Later on I discovered artists like Charles Dana Gibson, Quentin Blake, Skottie Young, Jason Shawn Alexander and many more.

This is a fun and challenging yearly exercise. Even though we need to push ourselves and hold ourselves accountable, I don’t beat myself up over missing days. I do the best I can and I know you will to. So have fun –that’s the point after all– and please tag us @smilecreaterepeat #smilecreaterepeat #inktober so we can see what you’re creating. 


Do you have a favorite inking art supply? Let us know in the comments. 

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