Collaborative science outreach challenge based on Inktober… but with a scientific twist!
Using art and drawing as a tool for communication, we aim to raise awareness about the value of science in our lives.
Open to everyone no matter their skills level.
What is Inktober?
Inktober is a month-long art challenge created by artist Jake Parker that is focused on improving skill and developing positive drawing habits. For this reason, Inktober is not a competition but an open event that is aimed at anyone having the desire to draw, regardless of the skill level. Every day during October anyone participating creates an ink drawing and posts it online (see https://inktober.com/faq).
To inspire the illustration of the day, Inktober publishes every year a list of 31 words, one for each day of the month (the prompt list). You can check the prompt lists from past years to have an idea. Following the prompt list and seeing what others are creating, allows one to notice how much variety and creativity there is within a single word.
The original initiative is not restricted to any platform, although illustrations are usually shared across Instagram, along with the tags #inktober #inktober[year].
What do you mean by “with a scientific twist”?
Look at the device you are reading this on, the air you breathe, the plants you have at home… your own brain! Subjects and effects of science are present everywhere, even if we are not always aware of it.
SRUK/CERU, as a scientific organization, aims to raise awareness of the value of science in our lives. We will be using the official prompt list to convey ideas related to science. By doing so, we emphasize that science is in the extraordinary and in the common… you just have to make the twist!
If you are a researcher, you may choose a prompt related to your field of expertise (all fields welcome!) to illustrate what you do, or a fun fact related to your research. You can also use the initiative to raise awareness or to explain some general science facts or curiosities. In any case, our best recommendation is that you let your curiosity flourish and your creativity ignite. For inspiration, see some examples below from last year’s challenge.
What do you mean by “collaborative”?
We will be working as a team to complete the 31 day challenge together. We will be using our Instagram account @srukceru to publish the illustrations for each day. See below how you can participate.
How can I participate?
To participate in the challenge with your illustrations, follow the steps:
- Sign up to the challenge.
- Draw your illustrations.
- Send us your illustrations.
1. Sign up to the challenge.
- Send us an email to [email protected] before the 22nd of September showing interest. We will acknowledge your message and send you a link to an online form where you can select your prompts*. It will work on a first come, first served basis.
- Once you select the prompts, we will send you a confirmation email and then you can start drawing.
* You can participate with as little as one illustration. Depending on the number of participants we could set an upper limit of illustrations per person to allow a maximum number of participants
2. Draw your illustrations.
- As a guideline, we will be following the recommendations from the official Inktober initiative. In short, Inktober’s spirit is to use any kind of ink on paper (ballpoint pens are also allowed), so we encourage volunteers to try real ink paintings and experiment. It is part of the challenge’s fun to work with these constraints. However, we will accept your illustration in any media you feel comfortable working with, including digital.
- You can add your signature if you want, as long as it is not a prominent part of the drawing.
- To digitize your illustration, you can simply take a picture of it with your phone or scan it.
3. Send us your illustrations
Send us an email with your illustration to [email protected] at least one day before it is due.
- The subject of the email must be “Inktober” plus your prompt day. If you are sending us more than one illustration at a time, write all the days for all the illustrations you are sending (for example: Inktober 1, 7, 15).
- Attach your illustration in any photo format (JPG recommended) or send us a hyperlink to download it from any cloud systems (dropbox, google drive, etc.)
- Write a text explaining some facts related to your illustration (maximum about 300 characters).
- Add the tags of your choice.
- Indicate your social media accounts if you want to see them associated with the publication.
We will publish your illustration on our Instagram account the day it is due. Additionally, once a week, we will publish a summary of the challenge on Twitter and Facebook with all the illustrations of the week
What will you use my illustrations for?
By participating you give us permission to publish your illustrations on our social media accounts and other communications from our Society related to this initiative. We will not use your illustrations for any other purpose without your consent.
I intend to participate in Inktober on my own. Is there a way I can adhere to the initiative?
If you are participating in the challenge on your own, you are posting your illustrations on Instagram, and you want to support our outreach initiative, you can do so by:
- Using our challenge tags #SRUKxInktober #SRUKxInktober2021 in your Inktober illustrations “with a scientific twist”, and tagging us.
- Resharing our publications. Tap the little aeroplane icon to repost them to your stories. Don’t forget to credit the authors.
I still have some questions…
If there is any question not solved here, you can write to us to [email protected].