Flickr groups for Artists and Illustrators

This year marks the 11th year of Inktober, a doodle fest where artists from all over the world share one ink drawing a day for the entire month of October. Created by artist Jake Parker in 2009, the challenge became so popular that the hashtag took off on many different social platforms, including Flickr, where the challenge became an annual tradition.

To celebrate Inktober 2020 and the vast community of illustrators and artists on Flickr, we’ve pulled together a list of four awesome Flickr Groups that we think all art lovers should join right now. Take a look and join your favorite ones:

Urban Sketchers: One of the most popular, most active art groups on Flickr. A community for all sketchers out there who love to draw the cities where they live, always on-location! Not from photos or memory. The group boasts weekly challenges and is connected to the Urban Sketchers blog, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing.

café "Aux Folies" rue de Belleville, à Paris

Inktober 2020: A community-led group run by Flickr member Donald Campbell, aka Zog the Frog. A group devoted specifically to the 2020 Inktober challenge and an established community that has been celebrating Inktober and setting up annual groups since 2015. If you enjoy the concept, be sure to check out the Flickr Inktober 2020 group for additional inspiration.

Inktober 2020 Day 8 - Teeth

Your Art: A true art oasis for the creative mind. Fine art, illustrations, comics, doodles, sketches, paintings, digital drawing and painting, collage, calligraphy, and sculptures are all welcome here with one important exception: no photographs other than the photos of your art. This is a highly-curated group, so be selective and, as usual, don’t forget to read the rules before submitting your artwork.

Picking baubles

Black and White Artwork: If you’re into pen and ink art, this is a great group for you. There is a vibrant community of really spectacular sketch artists on Flickr and this group makes it easier to connect with some of them. Beware: black and white photography is not allowed in the group’s photo pool.

INKtober jour 3 : Bulky

Do you have any other favorite art groups the community should know about or an artist whose work has recently fed your creativity? Let us know in this discussion thread!