In October of 2009, Jake Parker created “Inktober” as a way to better his inking skills which have since grown into a worldwide trend. Meridian High School’s newest art teacher, Aidan Perrey, has adopted the trend into her classroom. Students in Art I through Art IV are required to do either a daily prompt from the “Inktober” prompt list, or pick two of the prompts and do them in greater detail.
“My favorite part of Inktober has been getting to express my artistic ability freely and draw what I want in my own style,” senior, Marisa Hill, said.
The trend is based around 31 prompts given to the public in an official “Inktober” prompt list for that year. Artists then take their selected prompt and draw their interpretation of it. The purpose is to use India ink or pen as the medium and incorporate hatching, cross-hatching, or stippling which are all forms of shading.
“My favorite part was the wisp and fancy prompts,” senior, Katelyn Lowry, said. “The art that I made for those were sent to a gallery and I got student of the month in November for the Decatur Art Council.”
Ultimately, “Inktober” pushes artists to grow in their abilities and try new mediums and styles. Not to mention, it’s very inclusive. Whether you’re a modern-day Michaelangelo or your best piece is a stick figure, “Inktober” is for you.
“Pen is my favorite medium,” Perrey said. “It’s interesting to see how everyone starts with the same prompt/theme and interprets each differently, and sometimes similarly. It’s fun to see where your minds go.”