Working to an official prompt list, many participants see the challenge as an opportunity to test out several types of ink, brushes, and pens, experiment with different markmaking techniques, and have lots of fun stretching their imagination. Using the #Inktober hashtag, completed drawings are then shared online. Inktober is certainly a commitment, but if drawing each day just isn’t possible, illustrators can decide to post every other day, once a week, or whenever is feasible.
2018 saw me taking part in the Inktober challenge for the first time, and I managed to produce an illustration every day for 18 days before professional commitments took priority. I found Twitter especially great for sharing my illustrations and getting feedback, and I was pleasantly surprised when Luke Skywalker and Yoda themselves, Mark Hamill and Frank Oz, liked and commented on my drawings based on movies Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back and The Dark Crystal.
I've since added some of my artwork for Inktober 2018 to my website's gallery and all of my submissions can be viewed on social media, some of the ideas for which I'm planning to develop further.
It doesn't matter how skilled you are, if you like drawing I recommend giving Inktober a try. It's a great way to give your artistic abilities a good workout and get your style of work seen. It's also interesting to see what other artists come up with and learn of the techniques they use and how they apply them.