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Make it an inky October!

Avid sketcher James Hobbs urges you to participate in Inktober on social media. All you need to do is draw with ink and share the results, as he explains here

Len Grant Cranes at Circle Square, Manchester, pen and watercolour in sketchbook, 16½x12in (42x30.5cm). Drawn on a cold December Saturday afternoon from a KFC window, this building site covered a double page in Len’s A4 sketchbook. More crane than building, each of his black, red and blue-filled Sailor pens have been used, along with a dab of watercolour

Do you share your work online, perhaps on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? If so, there is a chance over the past few years that you have come across drawings with the #inktober tag. Inktober is a month-long international social-media campaign held each October that focuses on drawings that were created with the medium of ink. Since Inktober’s creation in 2009 by the illustrator Jake Parker as a way to improve his drawing skills, successive years have brought a steep rise in work tagged in this way: Instagram works hashtagged #inktober2013 numbered about 600, but by last year 4.6 million works were tagged with #inktober2018. (A simple #inktober is also fine: there are already more than 12 million of those.) Daily inspirational themes are suggested so the dedicated among us can post 31 ink drawings over 31 days, and perhaps in the process kickstart and develop an interest in the medium.

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Welcome to our November issue. This month Hermen Pekel shares his strategies for creating depth and Lucy Willis explains how to achieve perspective, both working in watercolour, while Aine Divine demonstrates how she painted a watercolour portrait of our editor. James Hobbs urges you to share your sketchbook on social media this month using the #inktober tag and Robert E Wells explains how he uses his sketchbooks as a creative tool. Kathy Barker begins a new series on portraiture with a look at eyes, Paul Brown reveals how you can learn from your mistakes, Paul Riley demonstrates how to paint mountains in acrylic and Becky Thorley-Fox sketches and paints wildlife from life, in oil. And of course our regular contributors Geoff Hunt, Jenny Aitken, Paul Talbot-Greaves, Charles Williams and Soraya French share their knowledge of painting. There’s plenty to inspire you in your November copy of The Artist!