Pens at the Ready It’s Nearly Inktober 2017

intober 2017 - ink drawing

Have you got your favourite pens at the ready for this year’s Inktober challenge? Well if you want to know more about Inktober 2017 or are looking for tips for how to draw with ink, you’ve come to the right place!

What is the Inktober 2017 Challenge?

Inktober takes place every October with the aim of getting more of us drawing with ink – 31 days 31 drawings! Every year Jake Parker, the man behind the challenge, posts a list of Inktober prompts for anyone needing ideas of what to draw.


Here are the rules for Inktober 2017…

inktober 2017 - official rules

Here’s the list for Inktober 2017…

inktober 2017 prompt list

Digital artist Robert Janca, @Grimdorkdesign on Twitter is about to take part in Inktober for the first time.

He told us: “In 2012 when I first started putting my art online I used ink pens to make the line art and used Photoshop to clean up the lines and colour it.

“In 2014 I made the move to doing everything digitally from start to finish and it’s been that way ever since.”

Robert added: “I do feel like I’ve lost touch a little with where I came from as an artist and I think the beauty of the Inktober event is that it gives artists like myself a chance to reconnect with a more classic way of doing art.

“It also gives artists that may have never used ink before a chance to experiment with it for the first time.

inktober 2017 by GrimDorkDesigns

How To Draw With Ink

Are you wondering how to draw with ink? Robert has this top tip:

Always give your ink plenty of time to dry before doing anything else to the art. Smudged ink is the WORST.

What Are The Best Pens For Ink Drawing?

On Twitter artist Pidgerina – @CWossie shared her list of essential items you need for Inktober.

She said: “You don’t need fancy, expensive gear to do #Inktober traditionally.

Here’s her list:

  • White office paper
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Fine line pen (for fine line drawing) – our uni Pin pens are perfect for this!
  • Black felt-tip pen for filling bigger areas

She added: “Gel pens, ballpoint pens and anything else that runs on ink is good enough for Inktober.”

It would be fantastic if you could let us know how you get on with your Inktober 2017 challenge by tweeting @uniball_UK using the #Inktober hashtag.


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