Inktober Is Here

Inktober Is Here

How will you get creative?

October is here! Finally, the temperature is just cold enough where you can survive wearing a sweater all day, all the coffee shops have delicious featured drinks, costumes are being sold and made, pumpkins are being picked, and Halloween is upon us as children and adults alike prepare for the day. Overall, it’s a pretty creative time of the year.

But what goes on when none of that stuff is happening to begin with? How else are people spending this festive month with their creativity? The answer is simple and also rhymes with the month: Inktober.

Now what is Inktober? What exactly is the deal with ink in the month of October and why is it so significant? Inktober was essentially introduced online around 2009 by an artist named Jake Parker as a challenge for artists to draw one ink drawing every day in the month of October. His initial goal for this project was to practice his ink drawing skills as well as participate in positive drawing habits. This has, however, grown and spread worldwide with thousands of artists in all practices participating in this month in their own way. Despite it being fun and a nice opportunity for artists to produce and practice art, it's something really nice to look forward to as it's something that can define the month of October just beyond Halloween, scary stories, pumpkins, and candy.

Provided on the official Inktober website (and down below) is a list of prompts for each day for this years as well as deals for many ink-specific art supplies readily available for aspiring artists.

Though there is a prompt for each day, not every artist follows it accordingly and usually many of them draw based on interests or requests. Not every artist draws a picture daily too, but it is still really interesting to see the variety and the way in which a lot of people go about in participating in this month!

A perfectly good example of the kind of art that is typically produced during Inktober, especially from someone who likes to take requests from people to enable herself to interact with a large audience, is by one of my closest friends named Tiffany Tang.

Using Tumblr as a platform to share and produce art with a large varied audience, she has been able to fulfill requests (some I've requested too) and built on interests to create some pretty nice material.

Here's some of the art she's made during Inktober within the last two years!

Her Inktober drawings are good displays of the kind of art that is made during this month because it is not strictly following a prompt a day nor is every drawing in just black ink. You can get so creative in your Inktober drawings that it's really fun to explore and experiment new ideas! Inktober 2016 has already kicked off, however if you're interested in seeing more Inktober drawings made by Tiffany, you can always see the art on her Tumblr. Maybe you might even request some drawings too, who knows!

So, aspiring artists, get your ink pens, brushes, and sketchbooks ready to be filled each day of this month. Not sure what to draw? Then maybe the prompt list is perfect for you!

Be creative and draw away. I'll be looking forward to seeing everyone's art!

Cover Image Credit: mrjakeparker

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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Junior Year Was A Learning Experience About Who I Am In Order To Be The Best Version Of Myself

This year was a changing experience.


I walked inside with a sure enthusiasm that this year would be better than last. I told myself that I wasn't gonna man the same mistakes and fall into the same traps that can left my grades in the dust for so many years. I said that this was the first year I was going to be stress free and without any problems. I also said this would be the year I would get in shape and stop eating cookies but the day that I'm writing it is national chocolate chip cookie day and I'm enjoying a nice and warm one.

This year is puts so much stress on friendships and the way that people interact with one another. Everyone is so on edge due to a lack of sleep and understanding that we all can tend to lash out at each other even though we wouldn't if we weren't in that state of consistent tiredness and sadness. Running on 4-5 hours of sleep really makes it difficult to understand any conflict that may occur. For example, on the day of the hardest Chemistry test of the year, I saw two of my friends lash out at each other in a moment of pure emotion. But almost as fast as the argument began, it was over and they had overcome the conflict between them. It really is a testament to your connection with the other person if you can make it through the whole year without running into any problems. In terms of personal experiences, each day was a challenge due to the little brain function I had, but I managed to not give into my issues. I was able to work around them and keep myself going.

Junior year was an experience that I'm going to keep with me forever because of the good and the bad. First off, I would like to thank my parents for never giving me that resolved look of contempt or happiness. This only motivated me or to work harder and I would like to say that I think I made you guys proud with how hard I worked this year. The next people I would like to thank are my friends, you guys are the actual goats. I know that many of you guys don't know how much I appreciate you and I would like to say that I really take it to heart when you guys help me with a certain problem, whether its academic, social, or none of the above.

As for the plot that most people were waiting now, the grades of the haunted Junior Year. I consider myself to be a very average student and I thought that my grades were going to be once again average by junior year standards. I though that they were going to fall so low that I would not be asian failing anymore. Surprisingly, this was the first year out of all my years in high school that my hard work paid off with consistent grades. That does not mean good but that does not mean bad. As a junior at Northview, I was amongst the 200 that took 4 AP classes and etc etc. Grades do not have to define you and getting a single bad grade will not kill you is the lesson I learned this year. That was the single most important idea that I could have taken from this year because it gave me a new perspective on my education. It was time I lived a little.

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