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Inktober is a yearly 30 Day Challenge in which artists challenge themselves to draw one picture in ink a day through the month of October.


The challenge was started by comics short-story creator, concept artist, illustrator, and animator Jake Parker in 2009[1] as a way "to improve his (art) and develop better professional habits."[2]


Parker kept the challenge up every year, and it found some small spread among artists.[4][5] The first instance of mass traction, however, came in 2013, when Parker posted the instructions to the #Inktober challenge to his Tumblr (shown below).[3] The post has gained over 4,700 notes as of October 5th, 2016. Both a Tumblr[10] and subreddit[12] devoted to Inktober was also launched that year.

INK Inktober starts next weekl Thirty-one days,thirty-one ink drawings Are you ready INKtober rules: 1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want). 2) Post it on tumblr (or Instagram, twitter, facebook, Alickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.) 3) Hashtag it with #inktober Repeat (you can do it daily, like me, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you're consistent the better.)

The challenge began attracting media attention in 2014, as Telegraph[6] and Paste.[7] To Paste, Parker explained that Inktober's 2013 spike in popularity came when he introduced the hashtag "#Inktober" and cites over 46,000 #Inktober posts in 2013 and 186,000 #Inktober posts in the first eight days of 2014.

Further media attention came in 2015 from The Washington Post,[8] Business Insider,[13] and Tech Insider,[9] the latter of which reported over 1 million Instagram posts using the hashtag.

By 2016, Inktober has grown into a widely celebrated event among the artist community. As of October 5th, 2016, the Inktober Facebook community[11] has over 77,000 members, the subreddit has over 400 readers and it's a popular trend among artists on Reddit.[14]

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On October 1st, 2018, Twitter [15] user @taylorreynolds13 tweeted, "Medium-Rare Vines That I Drew On Post-Its ✍️ An #Inktober Thread. #Inktober2018." The post received more than 1,200 retweets and 2,300 likes in less than three weeks.

Taylor Reynolds @tayloreynolds13 Medium-Rare Vines That I Drew On Post-its An #inktober Thread. #Inktober2018

Over the next months, @taylorreynolds13 posted small illustrations based on popular Vine videos. Such Vines include It's Wednesday My Dudes, Welcome to Chili's, Who Is She and more (shown below, respectively).

On October 19th, Twitter[16] published a Moments page about the thread.

#Inktober Day 3 my dudes #Inktober Day 11 WELCOME HI chal #Inktober Day 12 a legend

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