Inktober 2019 Continues

I LOVE THIS CHALLENGE SO MUCH!!!  The main takeaways I’ve learned from this experience are:

  1. Make time every day to draw, even if it’s only for 15 minutes.
  2. The only way to get better at anything is to practice, practice, practice.

My confidence is coming up, my ability is coming up, and I feel I’m getting a little more creative because of it.

Here are the latest entries for the challenge.  I did them out of order, but I’m trying.


Day 6: Husky.  It’s Billie Holiday.  Not exactly husky (Nina Simone would have been better), but I wanted to draw her and that cool microphone.  May not look like her but I’m sticking to it. She could be a singer in a smoky bar. I used India Ink and Watercolor on her dress, experimenting with that medium combo.


Day 12: Dragon. This is copied from a drawing I saw on the Internet. Looks like it says SM. Bittler at the bottom of the photo. From Pinterest.  I changed the eye and my drawing looks more like a young dragon than the one from the picture.


Day 13: Ash.  Wanted to focus on the wrinkles for this one.  Glamorous smoking, no.  Realistic smoking, yes.  I experimented with different pens in this one and some of it worked and some of it did not.  I tend to gravitate to the thinner pens.


Day 15: Legend.  Who remembers this guy from the movie, “Legend,” with Tom Cruise.  He scared the heck out of me.  He’s not inked yet.  Can’t seem to make myself add ink to him, I like him the way he is.


Day 17: Ornament.  Ornament in architecture.  Basic, but it made me realize I am not into rulers or being exact  Need to work on that.


Day 17: Ornament.  I tried my hand at pointillism.  Copied from Internet.  Not really my thing but I used the dots to help me in other drawings to add texture.


Day 22: Ghost.  I had fun with this one.  I need to redo it though.  I wanted to have two normal kids dressed as ghosts and have an actual ghost grabbing the candy.  The problem is I made my skeleton hand too small.  Next time I will draw the hand basically covering the bowl of candy to show how freaky that hand is.

We are in the final stretch of this challenge. Even though Halloween is tomorrow, I plan to keep drawing until I’ve got all the days done.  It’s helping me keep accountable with my work.  No excuses.




Author: Sonia Chapman

I am an art teacher, living in the Middle East, following my passion for art, teaching little children about the finer things in life, and loving every bit of it.

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