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? 😉 )
(If you’ve missed the first 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. 😊
And of course, where’s Mickey, Goofy isn’t far…
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:
Then I’m adding the details:
And finally I draw it with ink:
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! 😄 (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. 😉
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.
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 – I think it’s rather obvious on whose side I am on! 😉
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? 😄
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.