Inktober "Purists"



  • So I'm asking this question because I generally want to know how the people feel. I've seen some back and forth in the comment sections of inktober's IG page(I usually try to avoid comment sections on social media because there's always something that will upset me but....it's inktober) since it's sponsored by the very digital Adobe this year. Personally I don't have a problem with it. I stick with pens but I realize I am nobody to say what other people should use. But then there's these people who berate the digital drawings posted on the inktober page, and I'm pretty sure they're Jake's. I just don't understand how people can find themselves telling the Creator what is acceptable. How do you guys feel? Which side do you fall on? To get a little cerebral, is this the nature of things posted to the internet, that once others grab a hold of it, it is then under the rule of the majority? 🀷



  • @leothejediartist I went to look what you were talking about and it makes me sad reading those peoples comments. Way to keep up somebodys spirits... cough cough... It is the internet after all, a place where everybody can spit their poison in the safety of their screens.

    Inktober was first and foremost an idea of Jakes to make daily drawing a habit (for him) and so he can practice his inking skills (from what I have understood). It still is his message, to draw daily using the prompts as inspiration, whether you draw it in ink, digital or peanutbutter, as long as you draw daily.

    First I got a bit upset seeing all the different variations of inktober out there but then I thought, darn... This is pretty awesome for Jake that so many people are tagging along on his idea! Isn't it how it always goes with great ideas? I mean... look at the lightbulb for example! Or da Vincis wings! Great ideas always get worked on further and further to improve them. Bad ideas get left in the gutter.

    I dont have money for a fancy wacom or even an ipad so I just go with inking for now. Yesterday I even used watercolors cause otherwise all my ink would be used on that 1 drawing πŸ˜‡ I guess Leo, just do your thing. Draw every day and be happy about it. Let your creativity flow and let those poisonous snakes do their thing. If that makes them happy, then whatever. I dont think Jake is bothered by them either, so why should we?

    Happy creating!

    • Sas


  • @sas oh I always do my thing lol I really appreciate this reply. And I don't mean to bring negativity into these nice peaceful forums, it was just something that bugs me. But like you said, gotta put that mess aside and do my thing. πŸ˜€



  • @sas WELL SAID!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    ...and, β€œPeanut butter”, 🀣🀣🀣awesomeπŸ’›



  • I just saw the Instagram comments. Its amazing how a hundred people can be civil and kind and then one unthoughtful person makes a stupid comment and it brings everyone down. We have to learn to ignore those people. If they don’t get a reaction it might, hopefully make them THINK before they post.
    @Jake-Parker, I pray that you don’t take those comments to heart. What you started was a great thing! πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒπŸ’›



  • I personally think it's silly to police how others choose to do Inktober. Inktober isn't a competition (though it can be πŸ™‚ )- it's a personal challenge that involves ink, and it takes place in October. To me, anything ink related is fair game, whether it's digital, ink wash, mixed media, whatever. Let people exercise their creativity- it's more fun that way. Now let's say, for example, someone did an oil painting that didn't utilize ink in anyway- I do feel it would be weird for them to label it as an Inktober piece, though I wouldn't feel the need to lecture them. There's no point.



  • I’m of two minds about using digital inks for Inktober. On the one hand, the more the merrier. On the other hand, I think on what Jake says at the beginning of β€œHow to Ink 2.0”. He says β€œI like to think of drawing in ink as being a lot like carving something out of wood or stone. It’s drawing without the safety net of an eraser, of CTRL-Z. Each mark you make cannot be taken back.” Thats the part, outside of drawing daily, that I get out of Inktober, that Inking on paper is a commitment.



  • most inking in the industry happens digitally, it only makes sense to be practicing digital inking too.



  • I think it's all about what you get out of it personally and that there's an honesty behind it all. The idea of ink can be interpreted in so many different ways. If you want to get philosophical about it, what is ink anyway?!

    Some people are more literal than others, and there is definitely a range.

    For me, if someone is just tagging work as inktober because they want more followers or whatever, it's just dishonest, but if they are doing something that stretches the boundaries of what can be called ink, and they are genuine about their approach and honestly feel that they are participating in the spirit of the thing, I say more power to them.

    @jaepereira I like what you said about not being able to go backwards, and certainly one can choose to do that digitally if the wanted to.



  • I'm enjoying this discussion. I think for me inktober is about 1) drawing daily, 2) not having a way to undo your final lines and 3) having some ink in any one of its interpretations. But like @TessaW said, no point in trying to police people. It's all in the fun and self growth of artistry and creativity.



  • @leothejediartist oh my, I want a ctrl+z on my brushpen πŸ™ˆ



  • @burvantill YES if people did not respond to trolls and nastiness, it would end. They are looking for a fight.



  • I haven't seen the nasty comments, but I can only imagine. I'm not an inktober purist by any means, mostly because I look at it as an opportunity to do something "inky" and have fun. πŸ™‚ I can't produce those awesome ink drawings, so I'm just using ink and doing my own thing.



  • Yeah, honestly this went crazy last year with messy feelings everywhere. Seriously, who cares!? Draw something! It's not a contest. If you want the challenge of traditional ink with no "Undo" option, go for it. If you want to do it digitally, then great. Make some stuff.



  • I like the challenge of doing traditional ink using the prompts. It really stretches creativity. It's easy to do whatever you want. It's much harder to do a finished piece with some emotional impact using words like "chicken" and "swollen". I am certainly being stretched but I am loving the results. I feel like already my art is improving. So trolls and haters are missing the point. It's about your own personal challenge. Next year I may do digital ink, because it is new to me and like @HeidiGFX said, everyone uses it in the industry. Although maybe it would help if @Jake-Parker listed it as an option next year.



  • Use whatever media makes YOU happy. Inktober was a personal challenge that Jake made for himself based on something he wanted to be better at. So the only rules should be "Do something everyday that you want to be better at".