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Inktober All Year Long

In Saturday’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update, I mentioned that I was going to be talking about some exciting new book releases that are going to be coming out a little later this year. Today I want to focus on one of these books, which I am really looking forward to (not only as a reader, but also as an artist).

As you may already know, every year I participate in a drawing challenge called Inktober, which takes place during the month of October. While it is definitely a challenge, Inktober is also a tremendous amount of fun, and encourages artists to stretch themselves by creating one piece of art per day, using the medium of ink. (If you’d like to learn more about my past participation in Inktober, you might be interested in checking out last year’s “Books + Art = Life is Good” post.) I’m already looking forward to participating this year, and recently made a trip to the Inktober website to see if we had any early news about this year’s prompts.

While I did not find any news about the upcoming 2020 challenge, my visit to the website did reveal something awesome! The creator of the challenge, Jake Parker, has a brand new book coming out!

The book is called Inktober All Year Long: Your Indispensable Guide to Drawing with Ink.

“This book offers veteran inkists and novice practitioners alike the resources they need to reach the finish-line of a month-long drawing challenge — any time of year!”

Inktober All Year Long (From the book description on Inktober’s website.)

Based on the information I’ve been able to find on both Inktober’s website and Amazon, it sounds like Inktober All Year Long will likely be an appealing read and resource for anyone who loves to draw.

Amazon currently has a small selection of preview pages available for customers to view, which includes a section that talks about the act of drawing as a form of “human expression,” examples of how ink can be used to render shapes and add texture to your artwork, and examples of Inktober challenge prompts with some practical recommendations and encouragement. The information presented in the preview pages looks very helpful, as well as easily accessible for artists of all skill levels. I’m really looking forward to having the opportunity to explore the book in its entirety after it is released.

Inktober All Year Long is due to be released on September 15th, which should be early enough to receive the book prior to the start of this year’s Inktober challenge. The book is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. The paperback will have a list price of $19.95 after it is released, and a Kindle version will be available for $13.99. (Amazon’s current pre-order prices are $16.23 for the paperback, and $9.99 for Kindle.)

09/17/2020 Update: Since the publication of this post, the release date for Inktober All Year Long has been moved back. It will now be available beginning on October 20th. While I am disappointed that I won’t be able to use this book as a reference during this year’s Inktober challenge (which begins in a few weeks), I am still planning to getting a copy.

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