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Colin Smith
October 3, 2016

We’ve partnered with Jake Parker of Inktober to help celebrate drawing and community throughout October. And we want you to join us. Jake created Inktober in 2009 as a way to challenge himself to draw every day, and it stuck. Every year, more people have joined in this challenge, you can too. Just pick up a pen or a copy of SketchBook for Desktop, iOS, or Android and follow along with the daily drawing prompts. This year we have made a special Inktober brush set to commemorate the event that is free to download and use.

Download Inktober brushes

You don’t have to use the SketchBook Inktober Brush Set we made for this challenge, but if you’re a SketchBook Pro user you’ll probably love the way it makes your drawings look like they’re made with real ink.

How to join in

  • Follow us on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter for prompt announcements. Or, simply check back on our Inktober Daily Drawing Prompt page to see what the community is drawing that day.
  • Tag your drawings with two hashtags — #sketchbook and #inktober. We’ll be on the lookout for those two tags.
  • Every Friday in October, we’ll feature some of our favorite Inktober art in a weekly wrap-up post right here on the SketchBook blog.

Two examples from the first two days, which are already behind us. The prompts were “Fast” for day one and “Noisy” for day two. You can draw in classic black and white or color.

Installing the brush sets

If you’re using the latest desktop version of SketchBook, simply double click on the .skbrushes file, and it will automatically install.

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Colin Smith

Colin is a Sr. Product Manager on the Automotive and Conceptual Design Team at Autodesk. During his 25-year career in the CAD industry he has worked in customer support, training, consulting and as a product manager for Alias and Fusion 360. Currently, he works on SketchBook Pro and Create VR and is based in Toronto, Canada.