Like any other teenager who finds fun in the world of fiction, I always get super excited when October rolls around! Cooler weather, beautiful colors, and, of course, Halloween! But one of my other favorite parts of October actually kicks off on the first day of the month. Millions of artists all over the world (myself included) take part in the annual month long Inktober challenge! If you’ve been living under an artistic rock for the past few years, let me enlighten you on every art kid’s favorite time of year. All the way back in 2009, a man named Jake Parker started Inktober- a month-long art challenge with fairly simple rules. For every day of October, you get a new prompt to draw, and you draw it. The official rules for Inktober from Jake himself are, “1) Make a drawing in ink, 2) Post it online, 3) Hashtag it with #inktober.” Pretty easy, right? Well, for a challenge that’s literally as simple as 1,2,3, many participants (including myself, once again) fall off the wagon pretty early- plummeting back into the dreaded hole of art block that they so wished that Inktober would help them crawl out of. 

No matter how many drawings you’ve made, we cannot let all of Juniata High School’s artistic talent go unnoticed. Here’s a student showcase of Inktober Day 8-Watch:

If you’ve been keeping up with Inktober this year and you’re still holding strong, you deserve a big artistic pat on the back from me. Oh how I wish I had the powers you all possess. To my fellow artists who gave up or forgot around day five… we’ll get ‘em next year. Here’s this year’s Inktober prompt list if you want to give it a try!