Inktober 2021 – Day 1

Challenges, Digital, inktober

It’s here! Inktober 2021!

I’ve participated in Inktober every year since 2017, even if that’s meant just a quick sketch. If you’re not familiar with it, Inktober is a challenge to create 31 pieces of art, every day in October. I’ve always used pen and Copic markers, but this year I’m going to also use digital media.

I’m not using a prompt list this year, instead, I’m going to vaguely celebrate the Autumn/Winter season.

Since this is my 5th year participating, I’ve decided to recreate a pen I did back in 2018 (click here for the original). Quite a difference in a few years I think.

Here’s to another great year!

P.S I did post this yesterday on the 1st over on Instagram and facebook, but couldn’t forget about the OG platform!

12 Days of Beardies: Day 1

Drawing, pen

I haven’t posted anything this month because I’ve been SO CLOSE to finishing a big project.

But I’m looking at it and, I know, I won’t get it finished this weekend.

So instead here’s the first drawing in a series I’m going to be working on.

day 1

Inktober 2019 – Day 1: Ring

Chatty, inktober, pen

It’s tempting to say “I can’t believe it’s already time for Inktober again!” But honestly I can. I feel like so much has happened in my year I’m more surprised that it’s only been a year.

I have had so many things to post that I just…haven’t posted. No excuses really, just life.

I have, however, been doing a pretty good job of making time for art and making sure that it’s part of my not-quite-daily-maybe-bi-weekly life. Sometime I’ll share the projects on here, though it’s also nice knowing that the purpose of this blog was to keep me accountable and active with art, and that’s what it’s done!

Anyway, Inktober. Day one was ring so of course I had to do my engagement ring. Usually I pick two Copic markers and use only them and black pens during Inktober, and for the rest of the month I will probably stick to that (this year is pink and red). But since this was my ring, I wanted to stay similar to the actual colours, at least within what’s possible with the colours I have. Last year I did teal/green and the colours are a pretty close match. I didn’t really have a rose gold so made do. I also used a white gel pen. I was very sceptical but it was actually pretty effective.

I sketched it this morning before work and finished it this evening. It honestly felt like using a colouring book, and I had forgotten just how much fun they are.

I’m very much looking forward to Inktober this year and seeing everyone’s posts, it always feels like the beginning of autumn and winter and I’m totally here for it.

Inktober 2017 – day 1: Swift


Here we are!

This was my first time using copic markers (well, any markers). I liked using them a lot! I’m not sure I really improved it by adding the black outline. Maybe next time I’ll try using the darker purple as the outline? 

Initially I focused so much on the colour I forgot about form and actual mark making, but I’ll get there with practise. 

Here’s the post I made where I outlined what I was going to try and achieve this Inktober. I used a reference picture because I wanted to focus on scale, using the materials and producing work quickly. I told myself I wouldn’t use pencil though, so every mark is permanent. 

See you tomorrow for day two!