Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Inktober 2015 | Days 8-14

It's time for week two of #Inktober already! The week has just flown by. I've been mostly using my Pentel brush pen this week, as I'm pretty confident with it now. When drawing at the end of busy and stressful days I just want to use something I can rely on, which I'm familiar with.

I am however trying to experiment with different styles and techniques, such as the cross hatching on this teapot drawing from day 8. I drew this from observation, it's my gorgeous Yixing teapot.

Day 9's drawing was a cute little pangolin. I find pangolins fascinating and I think they're adorable. They look like mythical creatures, but they are real life animals. They also remind me of The Clangers a little bit. I really like how this turned out, and I might frame it. The face is my favourite part.

Day 10 was time for an actual mythical animal, a jackalope. I like how it turned out looking a bit haunting. I want to draw a lot more mythical animals, I've been poring over Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide To The Fantastical World Around You and it has given me lots of ideas.

Day 11 was UK Fungus Day so I decided to try some ink paintings of simple fungi. On the left is fly agaric and on the right is common ink cap. These were done with masking fluid and some bottled inks.

On day 12 I decided to draw another animal that looks like something from fantasy, the caracal. I LOVE their gigantic ears. The ears are also my favourite part of this drawing, I think I suggested the texture of fur well. I like the brown paper I used for this too. For this drawing I used some Staedtler Triplus Colour pens and a white watercolour pencil, in addition to my brush pen.

On day 13 I drew an extremely disapproving looking deer. It was interesting drawing how they sit, and trying to put the joints in the right places! I used lots of photos of the deer in Nara as reference.

On day 14 I drew another deer, from a different angle this time. I must have deer on my mind! I'm also psyching myself up to draw a peryton-a winged deer. It helps to have done some practice before drawing something fantastical, so there might be a few more "normal" deer drawings before then.

Which of my pieces is your favourite so far?

(You can see Inktober days 1-7 here)


  1. Beautiful work!! I am LOVING the deer ones.

  2. Oh your pangolin is adorable! What great work.

  3. These are all amazing! I`ve never tried ink before, seems so intimidating (what if I make a mistake?!) >.< I especially love the mushrooms and the caracal (the craft paper was a great choice of background).

  4. Love these! You're so good at drawing! I did a drawing challenge in July and August and it was so fun. I really like being creative and doing a little drawing or painting. It's a fun way to relax :)

    - Courtney