Inktober Sketches

It’s almost time to say goodbye to October with just one day to go. So, whatever happened to #Inktober? Well, let’s just say I have been inking, I just haven’t managed to post any yet. I knew #inktober would be a challenge for me, but it wasn’t the sketching part, as I sketch everyday. In fact I’m an obsessive Sketcher, but to me sketching usually involves diving right in with brush and paint. Be it watercolor or acrylic, I never sketch any pen or pencil under lines. So picking up a pen to sketch felt somewhat strange at first. Of course I’m all about color, so I had to add color to my sketches to complete them. But coloring within the lines was even tougher. So I did the only thing I knew to do, I simply let loose…Here are some sketches from week one of October-

Two are quick warmup sketches of my daughter, one while she was cat napping after a long day and the other her most coveted seat on the floor leaning on the couch watching CNN whilst texting on her iPhone, ofcourse! i also managed a quick attempt to capture Fareed Zakaria on GPS on a Sunday morning.

Of course I couldn’t let go of color, so the next few are watercolor on ink.

A pot of ornamental chillies, a fallen tree in the woods, the meadows and farmhouse at Longwood Gardens and of course how could I not sketch the lotus ponds at Longwood.

These sketches are done in 3-5 minutes and are meant to capture the essence of the moment and subject, so not perfect. I like doing these loose sketches, they are spontaneous and more lively.


Have you heard of Inktober ? For more info and how to participate check out Jake Parker, the creator of #Inktober. It’s a fun challenge, the guidelines are simple and another way to get a daily sketching habit going.

It does involve pen and ink. I like sketching directly in watercolor without any pen or pencil drawing for guidelines.  So though I’d heard of Inktober a few years ago, I’d never really done the challenge before. Then I saw my friend Yukari’s #inktober sketches on instagram She’s added watercolor to her #Inktober sketches and is inspiring her students to participate in this challenge.

I thought why not… so Yukari, thanks to you, here goes… I may be late getting started, but I’ll try to keep it going all through this month.

My First Inktober…Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins, or should I say gourds.

Fall is in the air…

It’s now October and Fall is in the air, you can feel it in the mild chill of the early morning sun, the slight turning in the foliage from the bright greens to the muted tones and even some yellowing leaves on a few shrubs and vines, although the bright orange, reds and purple hues are yet to come…anticipation!

Pumpkins seem to prop up everywhere – in garden patches, on lawns and doorsteps, in grocery carts and even on my kitchen table. So I’ll start this post with a quick sketch of these fabulous gourds.