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Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. Illustrator Jake Parker created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.

Being an admirer of Jake's work, I thought I might take part.

Day one.

Day one.

I have heaps of ideas and sketches littering my studio, so I thought this might be an ideal opportunity to exorcise a few.

Day one was something near the top of the pile. I originally intended this to be a play on words 'The girl with the tattooed dragon' but it got no further than this wingless beastie. I might work it up to rid myself of the spectre, one day. Vintage pen and ink on Bockingford Hot Press watercolour paper, approx 10" x 8"

Day two

Day two

Not a lot of time available on Day 2, so a hasty hat girl on a step. 4" tall

Day three

Day three

Day 3. I got up early for this one. Made in FW Purple Lake ink with vintage crow quill nib on Bockingford 140lb Hot Press watercolour paper. Approx A5.

There's something very relaxing in inking piles of old books.

Sunday Best

Sunday Best

Day 4. This wasn't from my stash of ideas. The idea came to me as I began drawing. I foolishly believed nobody had ever drawn a skull with a big daft Minnie Mouse bow. Google 'skull and bow' to see how wrong I can be.

Made in FW black and crimson lake acrylic ink with vintage crow quill nib on A5 sized Bockingford 140lb Hot Press watercolour paper.

Oooh!

Oooh!

Day 5 - I have no idea what's going on here. Made in FW black ink with Tachikawa G nib and Pentel brush pen on Bockingford 140lb Hot Press watercolour paper. Approx 5" wide

'Is this yours?'

'Is this yours?'

Day 6. I'd sketched out an assymetric robot with chimneys, but not given it an environment or purpose. When I came to make this drawing, I initially had him being led by the hand by a little girl, then I had it picking a flower before deciding on it retrieving its football from a small boy. Not that I like football or anything, I think this implies an interesting narrative. I had to resist spending too long on those buildings in the background and the clouds. I could've drawn every brick and tile and it would've consumed the entire day! Instead, a wash to 'knock back' the background finished it off OK. Made in FW black ink with vintage crow quill nib on Bockingford 140lb Hot Press watercolour paper. Approx A5.

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