#Inktober2023 week 1

inktober2023 prompt list

It’s the 8th year in a row I’m participating in Inktober. The rules are simple: A different prompt every day. Use ink. Enjoy. Learn new techniques, or not.

Some choose to not use the prompt list, or create their own, or follow a different list. I prefer to stick to those proposed by Inktober creator Jake Parker, because I find it easier, even though some prompts are less inspiring than others!

Day 1: “dream”

Black ink drawing of a dream catcher against a grey background

A dream catcher. I used my beloved light grey Kuretake BrushWriter because if I’m fast enough to beat the air or warmth and the ink is still wet enough, there are very few layer marks. The grey is also beautiful. I also used a micron 003 black pen and Pentel black ink Brushpen for the fine feathers.

Day 2: “spider(s)”

Black and grey ink drawing of the “Maman” sculpture by Louise Bourgeois which is a giant metallic spider. Someone is standing up under it and someone else is crouching to take a picture.

This is after a photo I took in Bilbao: the “Maman” sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, near the Guggenheim museum. Micron 003, light grey BrushWriter, black Pentel Brushpen.

Day 3: “path”

Black and grey ink drawing of a character seen from behind, wearing a helmet and carrying a long staff whose top is shining. The man climbs up a ridge from which a cluster of tall crystals are visible. The sky is clear, dark and starry.

Moebius-inspired drawing. I used the black micron 003 fineliner, and three Kuretake BrushWriters: light grey, white and grey. The latter turned out to be too blue-indigo for a grey. The way the ink behaves is also different between the light grey and the grey, so I will not mix them anymore.

Day 4: “dodge”

Black ink drawing of a sports car

The prompt didn’t inspire my very much. I love the look of the Dodge Viper, though. Again I used the micron 003 black fineliner, Kuretake light grey & grey BrushWriters, as well as a staedtler black 0.3-2.0 mm pen for thin to thicker lines.

Day 5: “map”

Black outline of Antarctica and a compass all showing the north

This is after a funny meme from “Terrible Maps”: a map of Antarctica showing “south” near the middle and “north” everywhere else. The compass too shows the north everywhere. I used a black Kuretake fudegocochi pen, which sometimes drips black drops (but didn’t this time) because I can achieve some thicker lines depending on how I tilt the pen.

Day 6: “golden”

Black ink drawing of a Japanese woman in traditional outfit and hair style. A large golden circle is around her head.

Based on a doodle I made a fee years ago to test a black brushpen (but less well done, *sigh*) I used a Pentel black ink Brushpen, and gold paint from Pebeo moon fantasy, which creates some hammered effect (except the paint wasn’t thin enough and the effect isn’t obvious).

Day 7: “drip”

Black and golden ink simple outline of a drip and golden drop

The drawing I spent the least time on (maybe ever): a stylized medical drip filled with golden content and a big golden drop at the end of the tube. I used the Staedtler 0.3-2.0 mm black pen, and a gold metallic felt tip pen from Stabilo.

(See the posts for week 2, week 3, week 4-5)

Art: inktober2022

I drew again in my small sketchbook Canson art book universal (14×21 cm / 4×6 in), using individually or together a black Pentel brushpen, Kuretake fudegokochi black pen, Sakura Pigma Micron 003 black fine liner (very very fine), Kuretake light grey Brush Writer, and a white brush pen which doesn’t work too well anymore.

For the first time since I started doing the challenge every year in 2016, I have missed days because I didn’t like these prompts. In fact it’s the first time in those seven years that I found the list mostly terrible.

Yet I was able to draw three of them in tribute to Moebius, one to Ghibli, one to “Money Heist” (La casa de papel), and one to “Arcane, League of Legends”.

inktober 2022 prompt list
inktober 2022 prompt list

Drawvember 2020 days 16-20

This year for Drawvember, I compiled my own list of prompts, to ensure that I wasn’t going to use “not inspired” as an excuse for skipping days. Drawing actually brings me joy and satisfaction, and as it’s in rather short supply at this time of year for me, I have much at stake.

I picked words that appealed to me, rather randomly, without any clear idea how I was going to develop each prompt. So far, I’m having fun.

Day 16: “Cougar”

Gouache painting of a cougar walking on snow

My favourite so far!

I was really pleased with the pencil sketch and found myself in a double-bind: it was perfect to me and I could consider it finished but, I wanted to add colour but was afraid to mess it up.

I am glad I tried, because I find the final result stunning!

I used only four of the five tubes of Holbein Artists’s gouache I received in a Sketchbox: yellow ochre, burnt sienna, leaf green and Prussian blue (the fifth one is ivory black, which I chose not to use, using blue instead, given that blue is ideal when there is snow.)

Day 17: “Boat”

Gouache painting of a cruise ship at night

A stylised oversized cruise ship sailing at night. I used gouache again, honouring my desire to experiment outside the black and grey ink brush pens that I love so much.

I used the tubes of Holbein Artists’s gouache I received in a Sketchbox: Prussian blue, burnt sienna, and ivory black. I used some titanium white watercolor from a tube to get the shades of blue and the grey. I wasn’t happy with the blue background. This has to do with the paper of my artbook which does not play well when too wet (96g/m2, 65 lb per sq. m.)

Day 18: “Planet”

Ink drawing of a man mounting an oversized pelican flying over a forest in a canyon, under a giant Jupiter.

This is an ink brush pens drawing of a man mounting an oversized pelican flying over a forest in a canyon, under a giant Jupiter. This is inspired from work by Moebius.

I used some of the November 2020 Sketchbox materials that I received just today: sepia ink Brush Writer from Kuretake, blue and green Twin Brushes from Monami. I also used a light grey ink and geranium red ink Brush Writer from Kuretake (the latter I found way too dark), and a pale rose water colour marker from Winsor and Newton.

Day 19: “Sullen”

Grey ink drawing of a woman in kimono sitting and holding a fan.

This is my interpretation of “Woman Sitting on Edge of Veranda”, a work of Kitagawa Utamaro from 1798.

I used a black ink 0.05 mm line maker from Derwent and a light grey Brush Writer by Kuretake.

I drew it before, four years ago and I looked up that page in my artbook at the time: wow, unbelievable how much I have progressed since then! Everything is so much better in this version: proportions, line work, hues.

Day 20: “Jellyfish”

Metallic paint depicting a large jelly fish against a black square

I went into Drawvember thinking I should experiment with new techniques or medium I don’t use often. Today’s prompt lended itself well to that. There is a shiny quality to jellyfish that I wanted to try to render using metallic paint. I have just one pan of such paint and it is blue. I also used black sumi ink in a rectangle background so that it would bring out the blue. It does achieve that, although I am not enamoured with the result. Perhaps had I used a bit of white paint for highlights and a bit of non metallic blue to bring out the shine I might have liked it more.

Art: inktober2020

This year again, I had a blast this month! I am pleased with almost all of the pieces I drew. I really like ink, turns out. I have the distinct impression that I have improved last year and this year.

The tools I used are: Kuretake Brush Writer (light grey), water brush pen, Pentel Brushpen (black), mechanical pencil, white Posca 0.7 mm, black 0.05 mm Graphik line maker from Derwent.

Here’s a gallery of all of the drawings and the prompt list is at the bottom.

prompt list for Inktober 2020
Inktober 2020 prompt list