Week 4 of Inktober 2017

It doesn’t feel like I’ve done a month of drawing, but here we are. My third year of Inktober completed. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, and also the social side of it too. I’m already looking forward to Inktober 2018!

Path in Black Park - Inktober day 22
A pathway through the beautiful Black Park.

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Week 2 of Inktober 2017

Pen and ink drawing of a zebra

Week two has been great fun – especially seeing all the amazing art others are doing. It really inspires me to keep drawing and developing my own skills.

Ewe and lamb - Inktober day 8
Two of my parents’ sheep with attitude. The spotty lamb was a fun texturing challenge too.

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Chaffinches in watercolour

Watercolour painting of two birds - a pair of chaffinches on the ground

A pair of chaffinches were visiting our street this week so I decided to paint a picture of them.

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Eagle Owl Drawing

This is my drawing for the January Scrawlrbox challenge “nature’s eye”. You can see the materials I got and my review of them here.

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Scrawlrbox #16 Review

January’s box is my third and completes my 3 month subscription. I loved every box so I’ll definitely get more in future. This month the featured artist is Gemma Stylz and the challenge theme was “Nature’s Eye”. The art print is beautiful up on the shelf above my desk.

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My Drawings for Inktober (2016)

Here are my pictures for Inktober 2016.

I wanted to really focus on improving my technique and developing a style for my ink drawings. I’ve also uploaded larger versions to my Flickr account here if you’d like to see them in detail.


Week 1


Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Goldfinch Sketch in Watercolour pencils

Sketch painting of a goldfinch bird using watercolour pencils

A little family of 5 goldfinches were feeding and exploring outside my window this morning. They were rummaging around in some rough ground, one was outside my window playing peek-a-boo. They’re small birds but you can see they have a lot of attitude. They wandered around for a few minutes then as a group they just walked off round the corner. I managed to get a photograph of one finch and drew a quick sketch with watercolour pencils.

Sketch painting of a goldfinch bird using watercolour pencils
Goldfinch sketch with watercolour pencils

“Nigel hasn’t been the same since he visited the bat colony”

Three little birds cartoon

I sketched the idea for this cartoon a while ago, and thought it would be fun to work it into a cartoon illustration. After playing with different pencil sketches of the composition, I simplified my doodle and the final composition focuses right in on the birds.

I haven’t used fine liners for inking before, I prefer brush and nib strokes, but it’s fun to play with a different outline style.