Inktober

Only a few more days and Inktober starts once again. Today I’m going to share the tools and materials I’ll be using for this year’s Inktober with you. You’ve never heard of Inktober before? No worries.

What is Inktober all about and where did it come from?

Inktober was started by artist Jake Parker back in 2009 as a way to improve his inking skills. By now it has become a global phenomenon and lots of artists join in every year to create an ink drawing a day throughout October. There’s an official prompt list every year, in case you don’t know what to draw for each day. Other artists are making up their own lists or combine Inktober with other drawing challenges like Drawlloween or Drawtober.

Choosing you pens, ink and paper for Inktober can be daunting because there are just so many different choices you can make. Here’s what I’m going to use for this year’s challenge. It’s mostly materials I’ve already got available anyway. I just bought one additional bottle of ink. The list is far from complete, but I hope it’ll help you narrow down your choices a bit.

Pens

Pens, where to start? There are a lot of them and picking just one in your art supply store can be challenging. I’ll be using the following pens for Inktober:

Pentel Touch Pen: a very nice pen with a flexible tip, which enables you to make thick and thin lines. I also like using it for lettering.

Tombow Fudesuke: similar to the Pentel Touch, but the tip is not as flexible. And also a nice pen for lettering and writing.

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen: a classic brush pen. You can do thin and very thick lines with it. It’s not that easy to control though. I’ll mostly be using it to fill larger areas of black.

Copic Markers: these alcohol-based ink markers have two different tips for finer work and filling larger areas. I’ll be using two cool and warm grey tones. I’m not using them very often because of the alcohol fumes. They give me headaches when I’m using them too often. So make sure to open a window every now and again while using them.

Pigma Micron Pen: my favourite brand of fineliner for any kind of lineart. The ink is waterproof, which is why I use them to ink my watercolour pieces. These will probably my most used pens during Inktober. The pens come in a variety of line thickness. My favourites are 0.05 mm, 0.1 mm and 0.3 mm. The best pens if you want to draw even clean lines.

Pitt Artist Pen: marker-like pens made by Faber-Castell with a finer tip than Copics. Very good for smaller detail work. I’ve found one last pen in grey in my stash, so I’ll be using it as well.

Inktober pens

Ink

Choosing ink is almost as difficult as choosing pens. There are lots of different brands and colours to choose from. Most of them are waterproof once they’ve dried. And there are also different bases used for inks, like acrylic or shellac. If you’re new to using bottled ink, I recommend going with something cheaper, so you won’t ruin your bank account if you don’t like working with ink in the end after all. Other than that it’s just trying out different brands over time to see which ones you like best. I’m fairly new to using bottled ink myself. For Inktober I settled for two different brands.

Dr. P.H.Martin’s Black Star India Ink: I’ve bought this ink a while back to be able to fill large areas with black. The ink dries quickly with a matte finish and is waterproof in the end. But you have to be careful with using Copics afterwards. The alcohol in the markers seems to reactivate the ink and it can smudge.

Rohrer & Klinger Zeichentusche: This ink is also waterproof after drying. I bought it especially for this year’s Inktober for adding colour splashes. This ink also smells quite nice. There are lots of colour available and also gold and silver.

Inktober ink

Paper

And again the choices of paper you can use are endless. I decided to go for hot press watercolour paper. It’s pretty thick and has almost no texture, which is great for drawing. There are different brands you can choose from. I’m going to use The Langton by Daler – Rowney, which I bought a while back to try out. and because it was on sale.

inktober paper

Additional Inktober tools

I’ll also use a white gel pen and a white colour pencil to add some highlights to my Inktober drawings. I might also use some Finetec Pearlcolors for adding glittering highlights, but I haven’t decided on it yet. It depends if it fits the piece or not. I haven’t mentioned the brushes that I’ll use because they are just cheap brushes I already own. Nothing special about them. I’ll probably have to replace them once Inktober is over.

And that’s it for my list of Inktober tools. I hope you find it helpful. Whatever tools you use, have fun and create something beautiful.

You can find my daily Inktober drawings on Instagram and Co. I’ll add the originals to my Etsy shop in November. Prints and more will be made available on Society6.

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