Inktober and October Art Prompts for 2020

Welcome to the Inktober and October Prompts for 2020 hub! Every year my Inktober posts remain popular throughout the year so it has become an annual tradition for me to collect as many prompts as I can in one place. This allows people a chance to browse prompts for ideas for Inktober or artwork all year round. Due to the controversy surrounding Inktober creator Jake Parker this year many people are shying away from Inktober, and honestly, I don’t blame them. As an academic and information professional plagiarism is something I am strongly opposed to. However, it’s not my place to say whether people should continue with Inktober or choose one of the many Inktober alternative prompts. I firmly believe in people having a choice and my job has always been to provide a place where people can find prompts.

With that in mind, you’ll note the new title this year; Inktober and October Prompts for 2020. There were always a few and Goretober prompts thrown in, but this year there are a lot more Inktober alternative prompts for October. My hope is to start being able to do these types of posts all year for other months too, however, with my health the way it is I’ve not quite gotten that far. Hopefully next year? 🙂

Last year I moved everything to Pinterest and you can find all this year’s prompts there as well as every prompt I’ve previously found. The Pinterest board is divided into multiple sub-categories while the posts use the same main categories as usual; Magic & Fantasy, Horror & Supernatural, Nature, Fandom & RPG, History & Culture, and Miscellaneous.

What is an prompt?

An prompt is quite literally a list of words/phrases that offer artists a challenge or a guide for their work. Some prompts follow a theme while others are completely random. Some prompts will have additional instructions, such as Inktober, which was originally intended as an ink only challenge before growing into something much larger (see below). There are art challenges throughout the year and some other well-known examples are; Mermay (Mermaids challenge in May), Huevember (Colour challenge in November) and Drawcember ( in December).

What is Inktober?

Inktober is an prompt that was originally created in 2009 by Jake Parker who wanted a challenge to develop his inking skills. It has grown from there to become a worldwide event with thousands of artists of all skill levels taking part. The prompt consists of 31 words that act as a prompt, an idea for an ink drawing for each day. As explained in the FAQ section of the Inktober website participants are welcome to use whatever medium they want and interpret the prompts in their own way. That includes working with calligraphy and lettering if that is your field of interest. In general, the rules are pretty much lax about everything; if you want to do one a day or several in one day then that’s fine too! The whole point is to get together, challenge yourself and most of all have some fun doing it!

Prompt Index

This page serves as an index with links to all the prompt lists:

Suggest a Prompt

If you have an Inktober alternative prompt or October prompt for 2020 please let me know by leaving me your link in a comment so I can add it to my list.

Please note: As always I will be doing my best to only include prompts in which the creators have clearly stated they are happy for people to share and take part in.

If I accidentally include a personal one or you wish for your prompt to be removed from this list please let me know and I’ll be happy to oblige. You can leave me a comment here, use this contact form or find me on social media as justgeekingby (see the sidebar for links).

Over to You

Thank you for reading the Inktober and October Prompts for 2020 post! Don’t forget you can also browse prompts from Inktober 2018 and Inktober 2019 as well.

I’m not taking part in Inktober this year as I’ll be taking part in a challenge of my own!

Are you planning to take part in an art prompt this October? Have you chosen a prompt or do you prefer to work to your own one? What prompts are you looking forward to seeing most?

Inktober and October Art Prompts for 2020: It's time for my annual list of Inktober and October Art Prompts for 2020 with Inktober alternative prompts divided into handy genre categories.

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