Thursday, October 13, 2016

#Inktober2016 | Days 1-10

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. 

 On day 4 I did a little tree stump house, again using the same materials. I'm thinking these three little house images would make good prints or cards...

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!


  1. Polly, you're so talented! I especially love the houses and the crescent moon. The little goat is adorable too, and the choices of colours you went for in all of these make me feel so cosy, I love the oranges here. I think my favourite is the octopus though, so, so cute! - Tasha

    1. Thank you so much! I was aiming for a kind of cosy autumnal look with the ones with the yellow ink so I'm glad that came across :)

  2. Wow, so pretty. The pumpkin is my favorite. Now I feel the need to get out my pen and ink and try my hand at making something if I have enough time.

    1. Thank you! Yes you should make something!

  3. I love your Inktober pictures! They are much more finished than mine, and I especially like the mushroom house. <3
    What kind of basic black ink do you use? I need to stock up on inks again (and I haven't even unpacked/found all my current ones after the move yet...)

    1. Thank you! :) At the moment I'm using Brian Clegg Drawing Ink, I got a huge bottle of it very cheaply from a thrift shop. It seems pretty good. I also have some Winsor and Newton black ink I haven't used yet, so I'll let you know if that's any good when I get around to it.

  4. Polly, these are amazing! I love how atmospheric they all are, they really convey an autumnal spirit! My favourites have to be the pumpkin and the moon! You have such talent! Please keep sharing your work with us!

    Abbey 😽