Inktober 2020 | Week 1

We’re done with week 1, already?! If my life always went at this pace, I’d be an 80 year old grandma now. Why is everything happening so fast?

Anyway, here are the Inktober drawings from October 1 – October 9 (today). Inktober is basically a month long event held in October every year where the participants draw something in black ink for the 31 days of October. The creator of this online event, Jake Parker (who is currently caught up in plagiarism allegations) is an American comics short-story creator, concept artist, illustrator, and animator.  Please visit for more details.

I also decided to write a six word story to go along with the prompts for fun! A warning beforehand – I am TERRIBLE at writing six word stories. This is my first attempt and I’m still learning the art of it.

So, I’ve included the first two drawings as well. Let me know what you think!

Just an overview of all 9 of them.

Week 1

October 1 : Fish

So, I drew Dory from Finding Nemo for the ‘fish’ prompt and although she isn’t perfect (her eyes didn’t turn out quite right. No, please don’t look again!), I liked how she turned out overall. Let me know what you think!

Six word story:
Fished for cards he never had.

It isn’t quite correct grammatically but what I tried to imply was that we often look for the things we don’t have in life while missing out on what we do have.

October 2 : Wisp

For the ‘wisp’ prompt, I considered so many options and finally decided on this fox with a wispy tail (wisp-a thin, light, delicate, or fibrous piece or strand, such as a streak of smoke or a lock of hair). I found so many like this on Pinterest and used 2 images for reference while drawing this.

Six word story:
Becoming a phoenix was her will-o-the-wisp.

A little story on how it is absolutely fine to dream the impossible.

October 3: Bulky

I love all things vintage and have often heard people complaining of certain phones and laptops being too bulky in design. Compared to modern day television sets, the old ones are definitely too big and ‘bulky’, So, I decided to combine those two and drew a vintage television set. I am happy with how it turned out although the lines weren’t quite straight. I don’t think I’ve drawn so many rectangles in one sketch before! I used two reference images from Pinterest. One was a clip art and the other was a product image. Let me know what you think!

Six word story:
‘Twas a bulky package containing nothing.

A sentence by which I hoped to convey that appearances can be deceiving and how high expectations could result in nothing.

October 4: Radio

So, I drew a radio for the prompt by the same name. I drew this from a couple of clip art images I found on Pinterest. I regret having free-handed (is that a word?) the circles but I liked how it turned out resembling a radio.

Six word story:
‘Twas a radio that measured lives.

That probably made no sense. I meant that music stays with everyone throughout their life such that it almost becomes a way of measuring a life in a way. Stupid, I know.

October 5: Blade

I have been visualising swords like this one every time I read one of those fantasy stories with knights and witches. I drew this one from a couple of sword tattoo images on Pinterest, I combined this and that from all of them.

Six word story:
Loved ones’ blade always cuts deeper.

All betrayals are painful but when it’s by a friend or someone close, it is just heart-breaking. I’m not good at these stories as I mentioned earlier. Please bear with me.

October 6 : Rodent

Since, this is an Inktober dedicated post, I decided to add the ‘Before’ images as well. For ‘Rodent’, I decided to draw Mickey Mouse!

The ‘inking’ part was slightly disastrous as my pen kept leaking ink in the most random places. It turned out okay at the end though the curves were a bit rusty.

Six word story:
The world’s bravest man feared rodents.

Have you ever known someone who pretends to not be afraid of anything and then freak out when they see an ant? Not too good a story, but you get the idea, right?

October 7 : Fancy

The first thing that came to mind was one of those tiny bags that women carry around but I didn’t want to draw that. I spent the last 2 years coming home on a bus (from school) and believe me when I say, I didn’t think life could get any weirder. I saw some people with at least 4 bags on them and still carrying their phones in their hands and then throwing a huge tantrum when it fell in a moving bus.
I settled on this from a pair of heels. I um.. designed it myself which is why it looks so…meh.

They were supposed to be stars but they ended up looking so bad. Oh well. Can you say my fashion sense is the worst?

Six word story:
Fancy a rib-tickling tale on Halloween?

Tried to go slightly ironic there. As Halloween usually gives off creepy vibes, I felt like making a joke there.

October 8: Teeth

I’ll just start off by apologising. Disney’s Lion King is one of my most favourite movies and this was a very special drawing to me. It started off well but the end result was so scary. I’m so sorry.

In progress:

Ruined Let’s just focus on the teeth. I didn’t mean to make him look so evil.

I felt so bad after drawing the above. So, I drew one in pencil (shown below). It’s a different pose but Timon looks so much better!

Six word story:
Only remnant of her story – teeth.

Okay, this was dark, a poor attempt and terrible grammar. It is generally known that teeth tend to remain intact long after a person has died.

October 9: Throw

The first thing that came to mind when I read ‘Throw’ was a throw-pillow. So, I drew one that I designed myself. Hope that explains why it looks so weird. Here’s an image of it in progress.

And done! Could you say it was a rose in the middle? Never mind. Don’t answer that.

Six word story:
Solution – “Throw fear out the window!”

I don’t even know if that is a valid attempt. *sigh*

Also, October 6 was Mad Hatter Day!

I drew him way back in August!I love drawing characters from books after cartoons. It was something of an experiment as I had never drawn anything with a pen or even attempted anything similar to a portrait before. I think he turned out way less disastrous than I expected him to but I may have gone a little crazy with his hair. I used two reference images for this; both were from Pinterest.

And for all the curious souls out there, from Days of the Year, “Mad Hatter Day celebrates the Mad Hatter, from Alice In Wonderland.
In 1986 some computer-folk in Boulder, CO celebrated a general day of silliness, inspired by the drawings of the Mad Hatter by John Tenniel in Alice In Wonderland. It was announced that year on computer networks, becoming more popular as people realised its value – some people did less damage by celebrating silliness than if they had done their jobs. In 1988 it was first recognised as an official holiday and received its first national press coverage.
As for the date’s explanation from, “The date for the holiday was chosen because of how John Tenniel illustrated the Hatter in Alice in Wonderland. The English illustrator who was also a political cartoonist depicted the Hatter wearing a hat with a piece of paper that has 10/6 written on it. The 10/6 refers to the cost of a hat – 10 shillings and 6 pence. The creators of the holiday who are from the United States where the date is written in the month/day (mm/dd) format took this to set the date for the holiday on October 6 (10/6). For those who write the date in the day/ month (dd/mm) format, the holiday would fall on June 10.”

The Hatter as depicted by John Tenniel, reciting his nonsensical poem, “Twinkle,Twinkle, Little Bat
Image source: Wikipedia

I forgot to mention this in my last post but I created a page for Inktober which you can check out by clicking the link below Related Pages. I update that page daily in accordance with the prompts.
That was all for this week. Hope you liked them! Thank you so much for reading!

Related Post:
Inktober 2020 | #1 and #2

Related Pages:
Art Niche
Inktober 2020 (updated daily)

98 thoughts on “Inktober 2020 | Week 1

  1. You are very courteous sixteen and I appreciate your nice personality. Please, when you finish your drawings, look up my blog
    naturetails,blog if anything it will introduce you to really

    interesting things, if you start with Science Discoveries no 1, you will get the dancing goats. Let me know if you got my drift.


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  2. Thank you for your kind comment! I’m actually following your blog already on the lookout for an article on the ‘Joy of Reading’ as you had mentioned earlier.
    Science is my favourite subject. I look forward to reading the posts you’ve listed here. Take care.

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  3. Oh my, I had the most fun going through this post, and yes, I read every word as well as enjoying the drawings. How gifted you are. My favorite was the “vintage” TV. Yes, we had one like that back in the 50s and 60s. We were the first in our neighborhood to get a TV, and all the kids would come to my house, sit on the floor and watch Howdy Doody. Later we would watch the Mickey Mouse Club and the Mouskateers, some of which we had early teen crushes on. But, by then, everyone had a TV, so our days of communal watching were over. This was a lovely post, dear.

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  4. Aw.. thank you so very much!! Glad it brought back sweet memories! It must have been so exciting to gather at one house and watch favourite shows together! I used to watch the Mickey Mouse Club as well! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts! This just made my day!❤️

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  5. I love the sword and of course the Mad Hatter, as Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite Literary Character. Nice Inkrober work!

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  6. I don’t think this is a very nice thing to say, my friend is absolutely beautiful and amazing. Yes, I agree, this blog is for children because you can never grow up too much to take life too seriously. There’s a child in everyone, a childish side that’s playful and fun. I hope you understand, thank you.

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  7. That’s some wonderful piece of work. I believe you’re using fine liner pens and not a sharpie. Just to confirm. And I would love to see rest of your work for which I will keep my eyes on the linked page.

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  8. Well I liked this post this morning then I got distracted and didn’t comment. lol!
    You did an awesome job with these prompts D! And I think it’s cool that you challenged yourself with a few of them (as well as with the six-word stories)! Stretching and expanding what you’re able to do creatively will give you experience and stretch your abilities! 😀 I love how the Timon ones turned out (yeah the first looked better in pencil haha) and your Mad Hatter drawing is seriously so cool!

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  9. Ahhh!! D!! You are soo talented!! 👏🏼👏🏼😍😍I really love the blade and pillow!! ❤Your doodles are so neat and perfect!!🖤🖤🖤 And the six word stories are wooow!! 😍It’s hard to make them!!😂
    Love, Amy

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  10. Aw.. thank you, Amy!! That’s too kind!❤️
    Glad you do!! The pillow had such a weird design 😂
    Thank you so much!! I wasn’t very happy with those. They sure are😂 I ended up playing with hyphens towards the end😂


  11. Ah, these are amazing! I love your style (and Dory! YAY!). 😛 I participated in Inktober too, so it’s a lot of fun to see how each person uses the prompts differently. 🙂

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  12. Thank you so much! I’m glad you think so! I love cartoon characters for some reason 😂
    That’s great! I agree, it’s interesting to see how differently each person interprets them. Looking forward to seeing your work!

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