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 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).


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 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.