Inktober – Day 31 – CRAWL


Well, I managed to submit a drawing for every one of the 31 days of Inktober 2020. I exceeded my own expectations. I’m looking forward to a day off. Though I think I will miss the process of drawing every day.

Before I witter on about what I may do next I shoud really show you what I have done for my final drawing. The final prompt word is CRAWL. Baby crawling? Too obvious. Front crawl (swimming)? Nah! Mrs P suggested caving. I liked it but decided that I would twist that to crawling out of a tunnel to escape captivity. Perhaps during WW2, or perhaps escaping this darned lockdown that the UK is about to descend into. Yet again!

Here’s the drawing. I had fun thinking about the shading from the two candles. Let me know if you think I got it right.

Crawl – The Great Escape

I’ve learned a lot during this month of Inktober. It’s been great. Thanks to my friend Stevyn Colgan for introducing me to it. He has a blog (he has a Wikipedia page! He’s a bit famous) that you may wish to look at. Also, of course, thanks to the guy who originally came up with the idea Jake Parker. Finally, a big thanks to Mrs P for encouraging me and providing me with the time, space and encouragement to do it.

What have I learned? Here’s a list:

  • I’ve remembered, rather than learned, how to draw
  • I’ve learned loads of techniques from looking at the other submissions on Instagram
  • I’ve found my way round the Leonardo software that I draw with
  • I understand shading better
  • I’ve learned how much fun it is to do art every day
  • I’ve remembered that if you want to get good at something, you need to practice, practice, practice.

What will I do next? Don’t know. I hope to draw every day, but I think I will takke more time over a drawing and post maybe once a week. Who knows. Watch this space.

Here’s the final link to the Instagram page for #inktober2020crawl. I haven’t looked yet but I bet there are a lot of cats. Do cats crawl? Also included is the link to my Instagram page where you can see all my submissions so far.

Inktober – Day 30 – OMINOUS

Day 30 of Inktober 2020 and the rather apt prompt word, since it is the penultimate day, is; OMINOUS.

Once again, I couldn’t decide what to draw and, as usual, my mind wandered to the high mountains. Ah, the high mountains, that’s where the crevasses hang out. They are the epitome of ominous. So, that’s what I decided to draw.

I took my inspriation from a photo I took of Mrs P back in 2018 when we were on a 4 month climbing trip in the Alps. We were on our way down having summited the Gran Paradiso, 4,061m (13,323 ft) in Italy. Big crevasses on this mountain and a great photo opportunity.

Easy to draw. Until that is, I decided that it needed a bit of colour. Then, suddenly, the hours started to fly by. I reckon this one took me about 3 hours. Below are a series of images starting with the finished article.

Close up of Mrs P leading the way through the ominous crevasse fields with only her shadow for company
The ink only version

If you want to see the original photo then take a look at the blog I did of the 2 days we spent on the mountain. Just follow this link – Days 68 & 69 – Ice Cathedrals and strange happenings.

In the meantime here’s the usual link to the Instagram page for #inktober2020ominous. Less cats today, more crows. Still a lot of cats though. Also included is the link to my Instagram page where you can see all my submissions so far.

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.


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 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.


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 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.)





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.




Inktober – Days 15 & 16 – Outpost & Rocket

I can only apologise as I have been somewhat remiss. I didn’t post anything for Inktober yesterday, so am having to do a double today. Very sorry. I did manage to post on Instagram and therefore Facecloth too. My excuse is a fair one I think. Yesterday was the father-in-law’s 80th birthday.

Now don’t be getting any ideas about the pater-in-law. He’s far from your average 80 year old. He goes rowing at least twice a week, hiking, gardening and is sometimes quite difficult to keep up with.

Anyway, the excitement of birthday celebrations and being taken out to dinner meant that I had little time for posting.

Based on the well known fact that there is always a silver lining, this means that today you get 2 ink drawings. Lucky you. The first is based on the prompt word OUTPOST and is from Inktober day 15.

OUTPOST – Day 15

I love this drawing. It may be my favourite because it combines two of my favourite things. Mountains and snow. I could definitely live in that outpost. Well, I could if it weren’t for the cat. Great to draw, but not so great in real life as I am allergic to the cute little feline critters.

The prompt word for -day 16 of Inktober is ROCKET. I’ve already drawn a rocket (see day 9), so you can imagine where I started. He’s my offering…


I’m convinced that alien life will be not just friendly, but usefully so.

Tomorrow’s prompt word is STORM. Hmmmm…