Online communities are great places to find artistic inspiration. There are online forums like NaNoWriMo for writers, and, unbeknownest to me until recently, there are whole hashtag campaigns for visual artists.
This October, artists who work with ink have been using the hashtag #inktober and sharing their creations on platforms like Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter. All you have to do is draw with a pen. The site has a great display of all the pen options and what they look like. Digital tools like a Bamboo pad and stylus are not allowed. One of the featured artists is Maritza Lugo: you may recognize her pop style from sites like HelloGiggles and PopSugarLove where she has had popular Illustrated Tweets of the Day and Funny Valentines for the Single Lady series.
Lugo’s #inktober project has been an absolute delight to watch unfold as she’s taken inspiration from classic horror films, spooky Halloween movies, and pop culture. She posts images at multiple stages of completion so you can see her process and how a drawing comes together on the page. They’re gorgeous, and I’d probably buy a whole coffee table book full of them if that was an option– and if I had a coffee table. Here’s a collection of some of our favorites from what she’s come up with so far. Remember, there are still quite a few days left in October, so we’re bound to see more awesomeness.