Improve Drawing Skills through Inktober® Contest

Inktober® is a monthlong art challenge created by artist Jake Parker that focuses on improving drawing skills and developing positive drawing habits. Every day during October, participants create an ink drawing and post it online. The Algoma Public Library ( decided to join the fun last year with its inaugural Inktober® contest.

“Though we don’t require participants to draw once a day for the whole month,” said young-adult librarian Braelyn Dempsey, “we hoped that by holding an art contest, we would be able to encourage our community to look into Inktober®, to get creative with their art, to provide an additional local outlet to encourage young artists to practice their craft, and, last but not least, to help our patrons share their works with others in the community.”

This year the library is encouraging participants to reflect on the year and highlight something positive they’ve experienced during the pandemic – whether simple or significant – that sparked joy.

Artists of all ages have until Oct. 23 to register. Submissions will not be accepted until Oct. 19 or after Oct. 23. The public voting period – in person or online – will run the following week to determine the winners of the child, teen and adult categories. Each submission must be no larger than 8½ by 11 inches, but it may be created on any type of paper or canvas and may incorporate any colors. Prizes will be determined later.