Inktober on the Trail

31 days of art

The Inktober Challenge. Art on the Trail is putting on a new face this year as we delve into the artistic celebration of #Inktober with an inky, outdoor art challenge. Connect with nature and exercise your creative muscles all month long.

Creating art? You can win $100 if you submit to our #Inktober art contest!

inktober on the trail prompts

Inktober is a practice started by Jake Parker:

“[Jake] created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.”

At the end of the day, Inktober is about creating art and putting it out there. It's a challenge for all artists, hobbyists, and creatives to defeat the blank page and develop good habits. This year, we want to encourage a connection with the outdoors through art and observation. So get outside, build connections, and be sure to tag us with your finished art.

So what are the rules?

  • There really aren't rules. Create however you're comfortable, and incorporate ink in your art.

  • Follow the art prompts listed above. We hope you'll venture outside to work on the starred prompts.

  • Use the hashtag #inktoberonthetrail so others can see your work.

  • Explore, grow, and have fun!

Art on the Trail Contest: Win cash prizes!

Backlit shadow of lizard against leaf.

Contest Details

  • One entry per person, pick your favorite piece
  • Art must be submitted in the online form in order to be considered
  • $100 for 1st place, 10 free prints of your artwork
  • $50 for runner-up
  • Artwork must be submitted by Oct. 31st at midnight
  • Winners will be announced on Monday, Nov 2nd at 7pm
  • Prints of winning of artwork will be available for purchase in the Owl's Nest Gift Shop

Judging Criteria

Successful pieces will include:

  • Original art made during Inktober 2020
  • Incorporation of ink
  • Creative use of the prompt
  • Representation of nature in the Great Plains ecoregion

Questions? Contact Rachel