Inktober – Day 31 – CRAWL

THE LAST DAY OF INKTOBER!!!!!

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. https://colganart.blogspot.com/ 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.

Ominous
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 29 – Shoes

Today’s Inktober 2020 prompt word is SHOES and I have gone slightly off-piste with regards my style. I’ve gone with the whole still life thing today. Gone are the cartoon interpretations and gone is the colour. All terribly serious ink drawing stuff.

As you may have gathered, I like a good hike. For those new to this blog here’s a link to an old post as though proof were required that Mrs P and I have done a few walks in our time [Link – Gandalfontour – What to do, what to do?].

So, for today’s image, I found a photo of some well used hiking boots hanging outside a mountain hut and, hey presto, I have my still life (although cheating slightly as I copied a photo).

SHOES. Well… BOOTS.

Once again I thought you might like to see the process, so the following image shows the 4 stages:

  1. Rough sketch
  2. Ink over rough sketch
  3. Remove sketch layer
  4. Add some shading to give it some depth.

Hope you like it.

How it’s done. Or at least, how I do it.

Tomorrow it’s back to a more cartoon style and a bit of colour with the word OMINOUS.

In the meantime here’s the usual link to the Instagram page for #inktober2020shoes and a link to my Instagram page where you can see all my submissions so far.

Inktober – Day 28 – Float

Today’s Inktober 2020 prompt word is FLOAT. I enjoyed doing this one. It was pretty quick too. Managed to do the whole thing last night. A whole day ahead! Float. What to do. I went straight for the theme that has permeated through other drawings I have submitted for this year’s Inktober, that of Space. The Great Void. The Final Frontier. I even managed a nod to Major Tom. For those who have missed out on the joy that is Major Tom, he is a fictional character mentioned in no less than 5 songs by the late, great David Bowie. Here’s a link to the most famous, Space Oddity (1972), for your edification. Enjoy.

Maybe you could look at the drawing I did whilst listening to the song? Could be fun.

And I’m floating in a most peculiar way…

Here’s a close up of ‘Major Tom.’

Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do…

I was going to post a picture of the ink only version of this drawing. It was pretty cool. However, due to a Layering error, also known as User Error, I lost that particular option. I’d say that I won’t be making that mistake again, but I’ve done it twice now!

The colour was too tempting. Mostly VERY dark blue and white. Great fun.

Parting question: Can anyone name the other 4 David Bowie songs where Major Tom is mentioned? No prizes. Just smug satisfaction for those who know.

As has become the norm, I’ve included a Link to the instagram #Inktober2020float page with nearly 2,500 submissions by people around the world who are also taking part in Inktober. Definitely less cats today. Though it is early.

Also included is a 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.

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.