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.