One of the categories I love every year is nature because so many people use Inktober as a wonderful way to explore the world around us. Whether it’s to promote awareness for endangered wildlife or bring attention to the incredible variety of the natural fauna of their country. Nature alternative Inktober Prompts are always filled with the promise of as much extraordinary art as their fantastical counterparts.
The prompts have been divided into several sub-categories and you’ll find an explanation of each sub-category before the Pinterest board.
To view the prompts please visit the Pinterest board and follow the link to the original prompt creator. Always remember to link back to them as credit.
What is an art prompt?
An art 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 (Drawing challenge in December).
What is Inktober?
Inktober is an art 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!
Animals, Birds & Insects
Whether it be endangered species, local wildlife or animals connected to folklore you’ll find them all here. Click here to view the board.
These prompts are dedicated to Fall, to that cosy time of year when the leaves start to fall and the nights become colder. Click here to view the board.
Flowers and Plants
From flowers, and plants to mushrooms, these prompts are all about what grows in the earth. Click here to view the board.
Everything else related to nature from constellations and gemstones, to the outdoors and the elements. Click here to view the board.
Suggest a Prompt
If you have an Nature alternative Inktober Prompt for October 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 viewing the Nature alternative Inktober Prompts for October 2020! I hope you enjoyed browsing these prompts as much as I did. I’m always fascinated with the creativity that goes into the prompts just as much as the art they inspire.
Did any of these prompts inspire you to create? Or if you’re not an artist yourself have you found one to follow?
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