It’s Not Too Late to #Inktober

The Ides of Inktober is a Chance for Procrastinators to Join in this Exciting Creative Challenge

Tom Froese
8 min readOct 11


It’s already the middle of October, and you still haven’t started your #Inktober project. At this point it feels like it’s too late, so why bother, right?

Well, first of all, you’re not alone! Even I—the guy who teaches that Drawing Is Important—am in the same boat. I wanted to do an #Inktober series of posts for Instagram but time got away from me. But what if it was okay to just do half of Inktober? Isn’t that better than nothing?


I’ll answer for you. Yes, of course it’s better than nothing!

Let me introduce The Ides of Inktober. I would like you to join me in getting back on the wagon and drawing one thing every day for the last half of October.

Fun historical fact: While today the Ides of March (March 15) is notorious for being the day on which Julius Caesar was assassinated, in ancient Rome, it was the annual deadline for settling debts. You can think of The Ides of Inktober as a day of paying yourself back for missing out on the first half of this month’s famous drawing challenge.

Student Work from Drawing is Important by @covedraws

Make it Easy by Making a Plan

To keep it doable, since we’re all probably pretty busy or just nervous about this commitment as it is, I propose we make a simple Plan. Our best intentions will not result in much unless we act on them. Making a Plan means giving an actionable structure to our intentions.

The Plan

Before your first day of this project, or even AS your first drawing of the project, write out your #Idesofinktober Plan out in your sketchbook (or digital equivalent), using the following points as a guide. Lower down this page, I’ll share with you an example of my own plan, which includes a declaration Purpose, Media, Schedule, Subject and Sharing. which you are free to use for inspiration.

If you want to learn more about how to kickstart your daily drawing practice, check out my class, Drawing Is



Tom Froese

Illustrator. Creatively Empowering Teacher/Speaker. Represented by Making Pictures/UK & Dot Array/USA. Top Teacher on @skillshare.