What I learned from Inktober 2017

What I learned from Inktober 2017

I typically don't get involved in monthly challenges but Inktober sounded like a good idea.  I sketch almost daily anyway and so I silently took it on head first.  Inspiration might have come from some amazing ballpoint pen work from the likes of Guno Park and Nicolas Sanchez and I just didn't know how to handle a ballpoint pen in that manner.  I started the month trying to figure out what I was going to draw but wildlife ended up being the theme.  I'm comfortable in that subject matter.  What follows is what I learned from a month's worth of ink drawings.

Blue Heron and Osprey Studies

I’m continuing to have a lot of fun with Inktober and will be doing a post later this week on what I have learned through the challenge.  For now, here are two pages from my sketchbook from this weekend. A Blue Heron study and Osprey studies. I’m using Zebra ballpoint pen and white gelly roller pen in a toned stock sketchbook by Strathmore. 

Backyard Bird Studies I

This past week I deviated from my more standard morning routine of coffee sketches and decided to dive a little deeper into some bird studies in the sketchbook. While still meant to be warmup exercises, they are simply more involved. 


Bluebirds are fairly common on our property but more so in the colder months.  Graphite in small Moleskine. 


Carolina Wrens build nests in our garage every other spring. They are known to build multiple nests every year but only one they use for nesting. The others are decoys to confuse predators.   Graphite in small Moleskine.