Inktober 2019 – Wrap Up


I actually planned to share the rest of my Inktober drawings with you piece by piece, like I did with the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, but realized that I did far too many drawings to do this in time before Christmas (which unbelievably is due in just a couple of weeks – hands up who gets just as nervous about that as I do!).

So I’m doing a little wrap-up instead which will us all save time (aren’t I the considerate one? πŸ˜‰ )

(If you’ve missed the firstΒ part of my Inktober, you can have a look here: Paper, Ink and Pen)



I don’t know about you but when I think of black and white ink drawings, my mind goes instantly to those first Micky Mouse drawings by Walt Disney that looked quite different from the modern colorful version of this legendary character.
I think Mickey Mouse was the first cartoon character in my life and I must have read the comics and watched it televised at least a thousand times when I was a kid. And to let you into a little secret – I always dreamed of working for this mouse – illustration-wise that is. 😊

Mickey Mouse (ink drawing Oct. 2019)


And of course, where’s Mickey, Goofy isn’t far…


Goofy (ink drawing, Oct. 2019)


Because I have been asked this repeatedly on Instagram, I decided to share the next drawing in all its different stages, meaning the pencil drawings I usually make before I use ink when the drawing gets a little more complicated.
The following drawing shows you the Discworld which is the fictional setting for all of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld fantasy novels (which I absolutely love by the way!).

It consists of a large disc (complete with edge-of-the-world drop-off and consequent waterfall) resting on the backs of four huge elephants which are in turn standing on the back of an enormous turtle, named Great A’Tuin as it slowly swims through space.

First I draw the main outlines:


Pencil drawing “Discworld” (Oct. 2019)


Then I’m adding the details:


Pencil drawing “Discworld” (Oct. 2019)


And finally I draw it with ink:


“Discworld” (ink drawing; Oct. 2019)


I often draw what simply pops up in my head, like I did that day when I woke up to the melody of The Last Unicorn in my head! πŸ˜„Β (Love both the film and the music by America.)
And as you can see, I just couldn’t help it – I had to add some glitter to the painting. πŸ˜‰


The Last Unicorn (ink drawing, Oct. 2019)


The next ink drawing was inspired by one of my favourite illustrators, Ilon Wikland who beautifully illustrated Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren.
This one shows you a ‘Walddrude’ (German) or Harpy, who are generally depicted as birds with the heads of maidens, their faces pale with hunger and long claws instead of hands.

These human-vultures belong to the more terrifying creatures in said novel, and origin from Greek Mythology.


Walddrude (ink drawing, Oct. 2019)


And as I said – I often paint what’s in my mind, and during October I enjoyed watching the final season of Game of Thrones –Β I think it’s rather obvious on whose side I am on!Β πŸ˜‰


A Direwolf, the sigil of House Stark (ink drawing, Oct. 2019)


And before I knew it, the month of October and thus the Inktober challenge was over and Halloween was upon us.

And what better way to end it than with a drawing inspired by one of my favourite films “Nightmare Before Christmas” by Tim Burton? πŸ˜„



“Nightmare Before Christmas” (ink drawing, Oct. 2019)


In total I made 17 ink drawings out of 31 days – not bad, especially when you consider that I needed 2 or 3 days for some of the more complicated drawings.

It was the first time that I participated in this particular challenge and I totally loved it!!

Not only did I learn so much and worked on my techniques, but I also got to meet new friends along the way and enjoyed watching their process as I was making my own.


Published by Sarah

Artist & Illustrator

68 thoughts on “Inktober 2019 – Wrap Up

    1. Aww – thanks so much!! πŸ™β€ I’m a huge Tim Burton fan, and if I find the time I’ll try to form the characters with clay too. πŸ˜„


      1. πŸ™‚ and here is the states the new streaming “Disney channel” is all the rage – it is free for 30 days (not sure if you heard the hype) but they just had a documentary on how they came up with the ideas for animal kindgom and their curiseslines. I guess they had a history theme park get tanked – but pretty successful company eh?

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  1. What a wonderful artwork, Sarah! Have to thank Charles, guiding me back to you. πŸ˜‰ Sorry for the long delay in visiting your blog. Lost my insta-connection during the usage of too many different proxy servers. My work-life-balance is good, because in private life i really forgot the basics of all my IT-knowlege.;-( Best wishes, Michael

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    1. Thank you very much, Michael! And no worries – I seem to be much less around WP these days myself – Christmas always has that effect on me as I’m making lots of handmade gifts. πŸ˜„ Wish you a lovely 1. Advent!

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  2. Such a wonderful post Sarah! Your ink drawings are absolutely stunning. Your talent is so impressive, and your joyful subjects fill that kid part in me, but it was the artistic process of the β€œDiscworld” that set it over the top β€”Awesome job! Have a beautiful weekend my friend. 😍


    1. Thank you very much, Jennie! Disney had, and still has of course, a huge impact on children all over the world – his drawings and stories are one of the best. And I’m sure his work inspired countless people to be creative. 😊

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    1. Thank you very much, Marlene! I’m not even sure working for Disney would be like I imagine it to be – there’s lots of computer work involved these days I think. But it’s nice to dream of it. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Aww – thanks so much, Lois!! Nowadays though it’s a lot more technical than it used to be, I’m not so sure I would be up for that, I’m more or less very old-fashioned. πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you so much, Tracy! πŸ˜€
      Yes, there’s still a child within me and I’m not planning to let go of it – it’s what helps me making art! πŸ˜‰
      It might not be as easy as it looks but as I’m sure you know from your own work, it’s a lot of fun! πŸ˜€


  3. Your drawings are so beautiful and skilled, Sarah. I’m particularly fond of the Nightmare Before Christmas, just because I love those characters. So creative. Thanks for sharing your talent. I’d say you did very well with the Inktober challenge. ❀

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    1. Thank you very much for your lovely comment, Diana! ❀
      I love Nightmare Before Christmas – and all else Tim Burton comes up with. πŸ˜‰ I wanted to form these character in clay, but painting them was quicker – lol! πŸ˜€


  4. Sarah, your art is outstanding – from sensitive pencil drawings to masterful ink work, you show skill (practice, practice, practice, and you did) and passion (you’ve got plenty of this, your heart’s on fire), the 2 things an artist must have. I really enjoyed this blog exhibit. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Shari!! πŸ˜€ If I had known how much fun this challenge was going to be, I would have participated long ago! πŸ˜€ I’m so glad you enjoyed seeing my work!

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  5. It is wonderful to see these again, alongside your reflections on process. I think this is a really important part of making art and I feel very inspired to see your work in this context. Well done for completing so many drawings my friend. xxx

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    1. Thank you so much, Su! πŸ™πŸ’• It’s been a wonderful time and I really enjoyed the challenge of drawing (almost) daily. πŸ˜„ And I agree – reflections are a very important part in making art and I try to write them down in the journal I keep. Whenever I feel like I totally suck at art (which happens more often than anyone would believe!), I can have a look at my own words that give me courage to just try again… And again and again. πŸ˜‰ xxxxx

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