Inktober – Day 27 – Music

Inktober 2020 Prompt word for the day is MUSIC. It’s difficult to explain how my thought processes went for this one. I started with the word, Music of course, where else? Then, as always happens, my mind drifts… and suddenly I’m in the mountains. I’m thinking how I usually climb more mountains in a year than I do drawings. However, this year it’s the other way round, as the pesky pandemic has totally put the kibosh on that particular past time. The South East of England is not renowned for its mountains, of that you can be sure.

Anyway, I try to bring my train of thought back to music but, really, I’m still up there, where the snow and rock are. And then, suddenly, I think Alpenhorn! As you do. And an idea is born.

For those who don’t know,

The alpenhorn, alphorn or alpine horn is a labrophone, consisting of a straight several-meter-long wooden natural horn of conical bore, with a wooden cup-shaped mouthpiece. It is used by mountain dwellers in the Swiss Alps, Austrian Alps, Bavarian Alps in Germany, French Alps, and elsewhere.

Wikipedia

This drawing today allowed me to immerse myself in my favourite of environments. The high mountains. No climbing this year, but at least I get to draw snow (and a marmot).

Alpenhorn & Marmot. In perfect harmony

Here’s a bit of close up action for you…

Marmot in Action

And a bit more…

Well, blow me!

As you can see, I got a bit carried away with this one. Spent the best part of yesterday evening on this. Some new techniques in the colour and shading areas. Let me know what you think.

For those of you who may be interested and as proof that Mrs P and I do actually climb mountains (we don’t play alpenhorns I’m sorry to say), here is a link to an old blog post showing Mrs P and I in action. Of psychology & free rides.

As has become the norm, I’ve included a Link to the instagram #Inktober2020music page with thousands more submissions by people around the world who are also taking part in Inktober. Once again, a lot of cats. What is it with cats!?

Also included is a link to my Instagram page where you can see all my submissions so far.

Inktober – Day 26 – HIDE

Today’s Inktober 2020 prompt word is HIDE. A myriad of ideas came pouring into my head for this one. Hiding to play a trick (too mean); hiding from the bogeyman (too scary); hiding from the bullets and bombs (too depressing). However, none stuck in my mind and revived as many happy memories as that good old childhood game of Hide and Seek.

So, here is a group of children, maybe at a party, playing hide and seek. I love the fact that the children seem to think, not unlike ostriches, that, if they can’t see you, then you can’t see them. My drawing is an attempt to demonstrate all the very worst places to hide. I also like the idea that, despite the pretty poor hiding places the players choose, the ‘seeker’ still feels the need to peek while she is counting to 100. Hands up if you EVER counted to 100. For me it was always something like this; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5… 26, 27, 32, 33, 30 (again!?), 40, 46, 50… 76, 77, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100…

Hope you like the drawing and that it inspires you to maybe play a game yourself. No peeking allowed now.

Coming! Ready or not.

As usual, I’ve included a Link to the instagram #Inktober2020hide page with thousands more submissions by people around the world who are also taking part in Inktober. Not so many today so far (2,800). Perhas the artists are getting tired. Only 5 more days of Inktober to go.

Also included is a link to my Instagram page where you can see all my submissions so far.

Inktober – Day 25 – Buddy

BUDDY. That’s today’s Inktober 2020 prompt word. I kinda think that ‘Buddy’ is something of an American word. We tend to say ‘friend,’ or ‘mate’ in the UK. Or, perhaps I’m just a bit old for the word ‘buddy.’ Anyway, I’ve gone with the word friend. Old friends. How old do you have to be to be ‘old friends?’ I’m not sure you have to be so old. Just to have been friends for a long time. And ‘a long time’ is clearly relative, as can be seen by my offering today.

Buddys

As you can see, I’ve gone for a bit of colour with my drawing today. Our old friends certainly add a bit of colour. How long have you known your oldest friend? I’ve managed 52 years. One, who I have lost touch with, 56 years!

As usual, I’ve included a Link to the instagram #Inktober2020buddy page with thousands more submissions by people around the world who are also taking part in Inktober. Actually, there may not be thousands. I haven’t had time to look yet today. Busy, busy, busy.

Also included is a link to my Instagram page where you can see all my submissions so far.

Inktober – Day 24 – DIG

Today’s Inktober 2020 prompt word is DIG. I instantly thought of that subterranian paragon of digging; the animal that is the very definition of the word; the humble and much maligned mole. I’m sure if we had moles in our garden I would be less of a fan, but we don’t, so I think they are cute little critters.

I did however, wonder what they get up to down there. I thought I would portray a mole watching the TV, but how can a mole, with little in the way of eyes, get any enjoyment from watching the TV? So, I checked out the interweb for inspiration and got to wondering how come they always look so clean when they are constantly digging in mud? And that is where I got the idea. So, here at last, is the truth of what it is they do down there and how they always look so darned clean.

The documentary makers rarely show you the truth of what moles get up to underground

Here’s a close up of Mr Mole…

The truth about why moles always look so clean

Tomorrow’s prompt word is BUDDY. See you tomorrow my friend.

Once again, I’ve included a Link to the instagram #Inktober2020dig page with thousands more submissions by people around the world who are also taking part in Inktober. I’m certainly not alone in my choice of subject today.

Also included is a link to my Instagram page where you can see all my submissions so far.

Inktober – Day 23 – RIP

I noticed that some of the folk at #Inktober 2020 were interpreting today’s prompt word of RIP as R.I.P. or Rest in Peace. ‘Bit gloomy!’ I thought. I was more literal and went for the ‘Tear’ interpretation. Partly because I thought that was the right thing to do, but also because I thought it would be quick and easy. A simple tear in a piece of paper through which can be seen a drawing I completed for an earlier day of the Inktober 2020 challenge. Mrs P suggested a ‘Rip in the space-time continuum’ as a title, so I thought I would hark back to my drawing of the space launch on day 9 (THROW). Easy. Or, so I thought.

It is seriously difficult drawing a hole. The shading was a right… careful now, children may be reading… erm… pig. Is pig ok? Not too offensive? It’s certainly less offensive than some of the expletives I used when I was drawing. I shouldn’t complain though, It taught me some tricks and a bit more about layers.

Here I proudly present my rendition of a hole…

A rip in the space-time continuum

Tomorrow’s prompt word is DIG. I can feel another hole coming on. See you then.

Once again, I’ve included a Link to the instagram #Inktober2020rip page with thousands more submissions by people around the world who are also taking part in Inktober.

Also included is a link to my Instagram page where you can see all my 22 submissions so far.

Inktober – Day 22 – Chef

Today’s Inktober prompt word is CHEF. I was tempted by Mrs P’s suggestion of a campsite cooking session outside a tent in the mountains, but I decided that it would probably require colour and more detail than I have time to fit in during my lunch break. So, I came up with something more simple.

Now, Mrs P and I have no children, we managed to dodge that particular bullet. As a result we generally only see children at their best. At their most amusing. This is usually five minutes before we leave various siblings houses having wound said children into a positive frenzy of over-excitement. We leave those houses with a certain smug satisfaction of a job well done. We have been known to mouth; “You’re welcome” at the despairing parents as we drive away

So, today, I present you with an image of someone elses child. We have wound up said rapscallion by ‘teaching’ them how to cook. We will be leaving the building shortly. That is one snot filled, finger invaded cake that we are definitely NOT going to be partaking of.

Add I small child and stir (up)

I thought you also might like to see the rough sketch I started with…

Roughly stir…

No children were harmed in the making of this drawing.

Tomorow’s prompt word is RIP.

Once again, I’ve included a Link to the instagram #Inktober2020chef page with thousands more submissions by people around the world who are also taking part in Inktober. A lot of rats and mice today. Often in hats. Rarely as the ingredients.

Also included is a link to my Instagram page where you can see all my 22 submissions so far.

Inktober – Day 21 – SLEEP

Today’s Inktober prompt word is SLEEP and, since Mrs P didn’t like my choice of subject matter yesterday (CORAL), I let her choose the subject. It wasn’t too hard to guess what she would choose since we have been feeding a hedgehog in our garden for some months now whilst he/she (I don’t think they do the non-gender specific thing) gets ready to hibernate.

I thought that just a sleeping hedgehog, whilst cute, might be a bit dull. So, I decided to add a little alarm clock. I’m pretty convinced that they must have something to wake them up in time for spring. It can’t be just instinct and hunger can it? Certainly not in my imagination.

I’m quite pleased with this one. the hedgehog is based loosely on a photo I found on the Interweb. The clock is from my imagination, the leaves too, since you ask.

See you in the spring litle feller

Here’s a bit of detail for you…

I could do with one of those clocks

I’ve included a [link] to the instagram #Inktober2020sleep page with thousands more submissions by people around the world who are also taking part in Inktober. Some are professionals. Some should be professionals. Many make my efforts look pretty average. Do take a look. they are great fun. (There’s always a lot of cats for some reason.)

Also included is a link to my Instagram page where you can see all my 21 submissions so far.

Inktober 2020 – Day 20 – CORAL

Todays’ Inktober prompt word is CORAL. Mrs P, as an ex-diver, was keen that I do some amazing drawing of coral, fish and divers etc. However, when I think of coral, unfortunately, I think of the terrible damage that the human race is doing to the fragile stuff.

Mrs P was therefore less than impressed with today’s offering. She said; “It’s good, but it isn’t going up on the wall.” Mrs P gets very upset about this kind of thing. In that respect she has a lot in common with Prince William’s 7 year old son George (third in line to the British throne for my foreign readers).

Prince William recently said that his son, Prince George, got ‘so sad’ watching Sir David Attenborough’s new documentary, A life On Our Planet, they had to turn it off. Sir David’s documentary may not have been exclusively about coral, but the same applies. It is is really sad. Mrs P won’t watch wildlife documentaries for that very reason.

Here’s the drawing…

Coral and the damage we all do

It’s not my best drawing, but the sentiment is from the heart. Here’s a depressing close-up.

The damage we all do

This next close-up really only shows how average the drawing is if you zoom in. If you look from a distance it is better (by that thinking perhaps I should view all my drawings from a distance of no less than 200 metres?). I’m not looking for praise. I know my limitations. I am pleased that this month of daily drawings is definitely improving my, for want of a better word, skill.

A splash of colour from the one and only, the remarkably, fragile Mother Nature

Tomorrow’s prompt word is SLEEP and I have let Mrs P choose the subject.

Sleep well (Thought I’d get in a quick pun before the pun monster gets started.)

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Inktober 2020 – Day 19 – Dizzy

I’m pretty busy with work at the moment, so I’m having to try to come up with some simpler (read:quicker) images. Today’s Inktober prompt word of DIZZY has allowed me to do just that. A simple drawing of two children playing on a roundabout. One has fallen off and has got, you guessed it, dizzy. The other is still having a great time. I’ve added a couple of splashes of colour, just because I can.

Once again, these are drawn on my Surface Pro. A bit of gratuitous advertising there in the vain hope that Microsoft will send me a new one to play with. Unfortunately, with an average daily readership in the low double figures I think this is unlikely. I can dream though.

So, here it is.

You make me dizzy Miss Lizzy

Tomorrow’s prompt word is CORAL. We already did fish. Now we get coral. there is going to have to be colour.

See you tomorrow.

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Inktober 2020 – Days 17 – STORM and 18 – TRAP

Two for the price of one once again. It’s been a busy weekend, so struggled to find time to post yesterday. I think I maybe need to spend less time drawing and more time writing. Poblem is, I get really in to the drawing. What I thought would take me 20 minutes takes 2 hours. Clearly not been paying enough attention to those time management courses.

My first drawing is based on the prompt word of STORM. This one was pretty easy. Storm. Been in a few of those. Most of my personal experience of storms has either been on mountains or from the safety of a house. Time to get out of my comfort zone I thought. I shall draw a storm at sea. Also out of my comfort zone because I’ve never drawn the sea before. Learning curve time.

Here’s my first submission for the word STORM…

STORM – Spot the milk bottle

Although I’m really pleased with this one, I’m not entirely happy wth the crashing waves behind the lighthouse. More like boulders or clouds than water. 6 out of 10. Must try harder.

My next offering is for the prompt word TRAP. I struggled with this one. I did consider drawing the demise of yet another rodent, and toyed with the idea of a tank trap (I love a good tank). But, none of these felt right, or light enough for my style. So, I cheated. Did a quick cartoon based on a play on words. Not everyone will get the joke and there will be those that say that it is cheating to add an additional ‘P’. However, that’s a chance I am willing to take.

What’s that sound I hear? Is it music?

Tomorrow’s prompt word is DIZZY. If you want to know what I will come up with, tune in tomorrow.

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