Yet Another Reason to Love October

October is the true kickoff to fall. Sorry not sorry, September, but you’re the month to mourn the end of summer.

Halloween, the return of the NBA, fall outfits and temperature drops (even for us Floridians) are merely highlights of what October has to offer. It’s the start of the last part of the year, before we have to do it all over again. This year, we’ve been shown yet another reason to get pumped for October: Inktober. Created in 2009 by illustrator and cartoonist Jake Parker, Inktober challenges artists worldwide to draw a piece of art each day of October. There’s also Drawlloween, founded in 2012 by artist and graphic designer Brian Soria, which has a similar concept, except way spookier.

Prompt lists with one-worded themes for each day are posted by many artists participating around the world! You can create your own or follow one of your favorites.

Members of &Barr’s very own creative team are participating in this year’s Inktober, and the work they’ve published so far has been spook-tacular! Associate Art Director Julia Hawkins and Production Artist Korri Lacalamita have been creating work following artist Lana Jay’s prompt list, #31Familiars, for this year’s Inktober, and Production Artist Katie Edwards is following the prompt list of artist and painter Mab Graves: #MabsDrawlloweenClub for Drawlloween. See below to follow their work for the rest of the month:

  • Julia’s #31Familiars
  • Korri’s #31Familiars
  • Katie’s #MabsDrawlloweenClub
  • There are so many ways to get involved in this month of creativity. Inktober and Drawlloween are just the ones we know about! We’d love to hear about other ways to get creative during October, or any other time of the year, for that matter. We’re so excited to see what all of these amazing artists have in store for the rest of the month, and now, we hope you’ll be following along, too.