Friday, October 23, 2015

#Inktober 2015 | Days 15-21

So week 3 of #Inktober has already been and gone. I am really surprised at how quickly this has gone, and I am so proud of myself for sticking with it! I have less than two weeks left now, and I'm almost a little bit sad that it will be over so soon. Here's what I drew on days 15-21.

Day 15: I felt that as I've been using my Pentel brush pen so much, it would be fitting to draw something with a Japanese theme. I chose a koi fish, a motif I always love. I drew the outline and the black spots with the brush pen, then added red bottled ink with a brush. I love how it turned out!

Day 16: I bought a Daruma doll on this day, so I had to continue the Japanese theme by drawing it! Again I used the brush pen and red bottled ink, as well as an orange Staedtler Triplus Color pen and some gold acrylic paint-I wanted to use gold ink but my gold marker had run out. Traditionally, one eye of the Daruma is drawn on when making a wish or setting a goal, and the other is drawn on when the wish or goal has been completed. Maybe I'll tell you what I wished for while drawing this, if it comes true...

Day 17: I liked the white/black/red theme of my other drawings so I decided to think of something else to draw with that colour scheme. Of course the red-crowned (Japanese) crane was the perfect subject. I'm happy with this drawing, I think I managed to capture some of their grace.

Day 18: Yep, you've guessed it, Japan themed again... This is my drawing of the Japanese serow, a goat-antelope which looks like something out of a fantasy world. I like how they manage to look like goats, deer, and furry miniature bears all at once.

Day 19: I broke away from the Japanese theme, and my comfort zone, by drawing this sort of goth unicorn. I want to focus on drawing fantasy creatures more, so this was a good start. Once again I used the Pentel brush pen and a Staedtler Triplus Color pen.

Apparently I was on a bit of a roll on day 19, because I also drew this stag, in a very different style from the goth unicorn. This was done using a Pentel liquid gel pen.

Day 20: I drew yet another deer. It's becoming a problem! 

Day 21: I decided to fully embrace my eccentric side (who am I kidding, it's not a side, IT'S EVERY FACET OF MY BEING) and drew a witch goat. It was inspired by this photo, which is winning the internet. I am pretty sure witch goats are the best thing on the internet.

So that was week 3. Who knows what I shall draw in week 4, witch deer perhaps? Actually that seems like a good idea...

You can see my previous Inktober posts here and here.


  1. Hi, I just wrote a comment and it got lost while posting it :/ so let's do this again. I really love how you embrace different styles and try different motifs. Koi and witch goat are my favourites. Haven't heard of inktober before but it sounds interesting :). I bought a calligraphy brush pen while I was in Japan this summer and really love it ... and regret not buying a few more as they were much cheaper than on the internet. All the best for the next step of inktober and I'm looking forward to see more
    Romica from

    1. Thank you, your comment is very thoughtful and means a lot to me :) I am so in love with my brush pen, I think if I ever went to Japan (which I hope to one day) I'd bring back a suitcase filled with pens and craft supplies!

  2. These are stunning Polly! I think the Crane is my favourite though I love the Koi and the doll too, that red, black and white theme is so pretty. You're so talented! - Tasha

    1. Thank you! I want to do some more with the black, red and white theme, I just ran out of ideas. Clearly I need to watch more documentaries about Japan to get more ideas...