By Ariana Sanchez
The air is still and silent and time seems to be frozen. A single light in a window shines brighter amongst all the vacant houses. Behind that window is a bedroom as plain as the street; the only indication of life is the sound of a pencil in motion moving back and forth against a crisp piece of paper. One minute passes, then two, then three. After what seems like an eternity, it’s done. After all the crumpled pieces of disregarded art that litters the floor, the effort has paid off. A single piece of art. Now…imagine this same dedication to a single creation multiplied 31 times.
Inktober is a worldwide event. Artists of all kinds may choose from an official prompt list developed by the creator Jake Parker, or they are at liberty to create their own. Whichever prompt they choose, they must create a single ink drawing for that word for each of the 31 days October. Once finished, they post their work to social media with the hashtag, #inktober.
Among the millions of likes and reposts, some of these beautiful works are done by our very own students at Martin Luther King High School.
Nilufar Ghadiri-Asli, 11, has been drawing as far back as she can remember, but was not truly involved until she was in middle school. When she turned thirteen, Ghadiri-Asli received her first electronic drawing tablet. Since then, she mainly creates digital artwork. She heard about Inktober through Tumblr and decided to give it a try. Instead of the traditional inking pens that most artists use, she stuck with what she knows best, digital art. “What most people don’t realize is that digital inking is as challenging as traditional inking, even with the added bonus of Command+Z– which makes the lines look clear and confident. It is still a skill to be mastered.” According to Ghadiri-Asli, her favorite part of Inktober is that it is “challenging and seeing what could come up within a short amount of time, and also that feeling of finishing a drawing that [she’s] proud of and being able to share it with others.” Most importantly, she learned, it “teaches you to not be afraid of mistakes, but instead embrace them as a learning opportunity.” Her favorite works are “Swift,” “Swords,” and “Adrien is a Good Boy.”
Paige Onorio, 11, is an introverted yet kind soul who has the passion for art. Like Ghardiri-Asli, she has been drawing “since [she] could hold a pencil!” For Inktober, like most people, she found out about it through the people she follows on social media. This event really resonated with Onorio, as not only can she practice her creativity, but also “the fact that [she] could possibly use a single word and make an image with a million words reasoning behind it.” This is what ignited her inspiration to draw. Since this was her first year participating in Inktober, Onorio decided to stick to the official prompt. Her favorite works are “Mysterious” and “Divided.”
If Inktober is something you may be interested in, check out the official Inktober website: http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober. You can catch official rules, guidelines, merchandise, previous participant’s entries and of course this year’s artwork.