Inktober – Day #6

Here’s Inktober drawing #6, this time without pencil shading but with a (very) little crosshatching. I guess that so many people doing a Halloween Inktober has influenced me a bit. Meet… a romantic Mr. Frankenstein:

Inktober 6

Tangles used: CO2, Join, Trentwith

Really like the result! Especially that for three days in a row, the tiles have a somewhat consistent look to them. It might only be one person drawing after all, right? And I also like his face and how the tangles used fit in.

Again, I’m afraid it was too late to post my drawing for Inktober on the right day… This might continue to the weekend, we’ll see. But the format of small Zentangle tiles (bijou) works really well for me and so far I never missed drawing my bijou before going to bed. That’s why I still consider this a success!

Inktober – Day #5

Fifth day of Inktober and the first day I was really struggling. Other things kept me very busy so if you want to be very strict, I’d have to skip day number 5 and make this my drawing for day 6 because most of this bijou wasn’t drawn on Inktober fifth. However, since I finished it before going to bed, I’ll still count it for the fifth. ^^ Here it is:


Tangles used: Bubbles (tangleation), Knightsbridge, Zinger

It’s so cool how many possibilities you have to use the tangles for hair and clothes and background. I love playing with it! I played the 5 drawings next to each other yesterday and it is striking that they are all so different… I don’t even think they look like they were drawn by the same person! This is a bit awkward actually, it would be nice to have a recognisable “style”. Maybe Inktober will help me to make a few steps in the right direction.. that wouldbe great!

Today I’ll probably have as little time as yesterday, but I still hope to squeeze today’s bijou in earlier.

Hope to see you later!

Inktober – Day #4

Day 4 of Inktober and I’m still confident I can make it. The format works well for me, even on busy days I was able to finish a drawing. Keeping my fingers crossed that it keeps going like that! I hope Inktober is going well for you, too. Here’s my Zentangle-inspired portrait on a bijou tile (2″x2″) for today:
Inktober 2015_04
Tangles used: CO2, Cruffle, Meer, Nekton, Tipple

Nekton is definitely becoming a favourite of mine. Really like Meer für her hair and Tipple as a sequined dress!

See you tomorrow/later for number 5!

Inktober – Day #3

Yesterday I talked about how these portraits just appeared before my eye when I had drawn a string or a short time after I had started tangling my drawing for Inktober. Today I thought a bit more about this and decided to consciously stick to the theme: bijou-sized Zentangle-inspired art portraits. I’m already looking forward to putting together a picture of all the portraits at the end of the month! But there’s one thing I wanted to change: I wanted to draw men’s portraits, too, since drawing men is always a bit awkward for me. An this month is about learning, isn’t it? That’s why I decided to go for a guy to today. It actually isn’t that hard and I already have lots of ideas for doing beards.. this will be fun! But before I warmed up with a well-shaved fellow:

Inktober #3

Tangles used: Cruffle, Fescu, Nekton, Tipple

Hm.. might be a(n older) woman, too, don’t you think? I guess there’s some room for improvement here – but I still like Cruffle as a curly hair. I especially like Fescu here, it was just the perfect tangle for the background.

Tomorrow I’ll let you take over again, subconsciousness, and let you decide what it’s going to be. Although a child would be nice, too….

Inktober – Day #2

Did you already experience this feeling that it’s not up to you what you’re doing but that someone / something’s deciding for you? I had it just a short time ago when I started today’s drawing for Inktober. Yesterday I did a bijou tile (2×2 inch for all those of you who are not into Zentangle) and although I wanted it to be something abstract, I changed plans when I had the vague idea that it might become the portrait of a woman. I went for that and wasn’t all that happy with the result. Well. Today the exact same thing happened after I had drawn the string. Right away, I had this picture in my head with all the tangles already in it and I liked the result. This is a very rare thing to happen but here it is: ANOTHER Zentangle-inspired portrait of a woman on a bijou tile.

Inktober #2

Tangles used: CO2, Cruffle (without filling), Gneiss and Nipa

Let’s see if I can produce something different this month or if I end up with 31 bijou-sized portraits! 😀

Inktober is approaching!

Tomorrow is 1st of October – and therefore the first day of Inktober! If you haven’t heard of it yet, I’ll explain what it is: Essentially it is a drawing challenge created in 2009 by Jake Parker – click here for his introduction to Inktober.

This year is the seventh year of Inktober and again many people from all over the world are going to participate.


The rules are very simple:

  1. Every day during the month of October you create an ink drawing. You may do a pencil sketch first and you may also colour your drawing – or keep it black&white by using (cross-)hatching, stippling, etc.
  2. You then post it on your blog, on Instagram, whereever you want it.
  3. You mark it with the hashtag #inktober.
  4. Repeat next day.

That’s it! It was only today that I heard about the challenge for the first time and I really like it! You create a good habit of drawing regularly (which is necessary if I want to keep blogging here 😀 ) and you are bound to learn a lot.

Well… I’ll accept the challenge and post as regularly as I possibly can, let’s see how far I’ll get! I also might be posting WIPs (works in progress). And I might batch post the drawings since I might not have time each day to draw AND write a post. Of course, contributions to the Diva Challenge or my posts about the One Zentangle a Day challenge do count in, too. Another thing I hope for is that the challenge will help me to make space in my paper drawer. Right now it is actually bursting from all the sketch blocks and watercolour paper I own… and I want to buy new paper all the time! So let’s make way for some new paper by using it regularly for a change.

Here are a few links to whet your appetite, too:

Inktober on Facebook

Inktober on Twitter

Inktober on Instagram

Inktober on Tumblr

And a few very nice articles on Inktober 2014 by The Telegraph and Paste Magazine.

Are you an Inktober participant, too? Leave me a comment and I’ll pay you a visit during October. Or two. 🙂