Inktober began in 2009 as one artist's attempt to improve his inking skills through a month of daily illustrations. Since then, it's exploded into a worldwide phenomenon that'll fill your Twitter feed with artistic greatness. Throughout October, you've got the perfect excuse to go combing through thousands of submissions, from professional and amateur artists alike, in search of sketch-style tributes to our favorite game characters. There's a lot more to Inktober than fan art, of course, but it's still a great way to get started appreciating your friendly neighborhood social media artist. What follows are some of the best Inktober pieces we've seen in the first half of the month; be sure to follow these artists to grace your timeline with even more of their amazing work!
Metal Gear Solid 5's Venom Snake plays subway regulations like a damn fiddle
#Inktober Day 5: Big Boss sneaks D-Dog onto the New York subway. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN #metalgear #inktoberday5 #INKTOBER17 pic.twitter.com/bmoQDnVWNrOctober 5, 2017
This loving tribute to Ghosts 'n Goblins was drawn by the designer of Spelunky!
Day 16 of #inktober: The goofiest jump in video games. #inktober2017 pic.twitter.com/OOjGpA03GzOctober 17, 2017
Popuri from Harvest Moon 64 is a deep cut and I love it
#INKTOBER17 day 4 - popuri from harvest moon 64... the first digital girl i ever e-married pic.twitter.com/LPLGiR7Ee9October 4, 2017
All that's missing from this sketch of Destiny's Lord Shaxx is voice work by Lennie James
Mr.Shaxx! Playing catch up #destiny2 #destinyart #artofdestiny #inktober2017 @bungie #dcaink @DestinyComArt #shaxx https://t.co/myqrIZb9eF pic.twitter.com/4u1xWIRylpOctober 13, 2017
No need for a shrinking safe zone in Cat PUBG - just put out a single cardboard box
pubg+cats #inktober - the pubg poster cat... cool cats don't look at explosions pic.twitter.com/5LK5Lo1L76October 10, 2017
Some D&D magic items ARE pretty silly, come to think of it
Day 11 of #inktober with random magic items from the dnd 5E DM guide! #inktober2017 pic.twitter.com/2DqX8fsp0zOctober 11, 2017
There's an entire series of these adorable Fire Emblem character + dog illustrations
#inktober day 16: robin + border collie! teaching doggo how to thunder pic.twitter.com/B7rNTpcLBCOctober 16, 2017