It's Inktober time again! I wasn't sure whether I'd be participating this year after the effort of #ADeerADay, but when October 1st rolled around I felt the itch to get the inks out. So here we are!
For day 1 I drew one of the baby goats I saw when I visited the city farm. I used a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and a Pentel Aquash waterbrush filled with a mixture of water and ink. I really like the strong, graphic style this drawing has.
On day 2 I decided to give in to my obsession with pumpkins (I am in full pumpkin-mania right now!) and drew a spooky cute little pumpkin house. I used a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, Kuretake Bimoji pen in medium, Pentel Aquash waterbrush filled with ink and water mixture, and Winsor and Newton Sunshine Yellow ink.
I continued the theme on day 3 with a little toadstool house, using the same materials.
By this point I was really liking the effect of only using the black ink with hints of yellow, so I did a drawing of an ornate antler lamp in the same style for day 5. The yellow and black inks react really interestingly when they are layered over each other, so I made use of this.
I added in some white ink on day 6 to create a crescent moon.
As it's October there had to be a cauldron in there somewhere, so I did this magical silver smoke pouring cauldron on day 7.
Day 8 was World Octopus Day, so I did an inky octopus. I really like how this one turned out.
Day 9 was UK Fungus Day so I did one of my favourite fungi, the instantly recognisable amanita muscaria. I got to use my red inks (Winsor and Newton in Deep Red and Vermilion) for the first time!
On day 10 I did something I've had an image of in my head for a long time-some magical, glowing Chinese Lantern plant seedheads. They really came out how I imagined, which is rare but really lovely when it happens!
So far I'm really enjoying Inktober, although it requires a lot of self discipline and effort. I'm really proud that I've kept up with it so far and hope I can continue to do so for the rest of the month. One thing's for sure though-when November comes I am having a break!