Inktober 2020

Hello all you wonderful creatives and designers! It is that time of year again!! Welcome to my collection of 2020 Inktober drawings, this year I will be writing a bit of my thought process behind the illustrations (for those of you interested). Without further ado…

black and white pen and ink sketch of a Beta fish holding a smart phone. There is text that reads Beta or Bust. There is also a hint of blue to the shading of the beta.

Day 1: Fish

Beta fish running beta software 😊, the only thing is I think I maybe should have used more color. Male beta fish are always so colorful.

Little blue smoke like creature called a whisp from the Disney movie Brave.

Day 2: Whisp

When I started drawing this my kids were on a “Brave” kick in our house (thank you Disney+). So when I saw the prompt this is all I could think of to draw.

illustration of a rabbit up on its hind legs and wearing a white t-shirt with a star and a puffy (or bulky) winter coat. the rabbit has floppy ears and is waving its left paw. the illustration is black and white.

Day 3: Bulky

So for this illustration I did not know what to draw that would represent bulky. I kept going back to the puffy and bulky winter coats I wore when I was young. So in the end I put the puffy jacket on one of my little characters.

digital pencil sketch of a hand radio with tuning and volume nobs below the station bar with one speaker on the right. Music notes coming out of the top to signify that it is currently playing music.

Day 4: Radio

With this I just decided to draw a strait up radio. I know everyone uses their phones these days but there is something nice about the simplicity of this.

Drawing of a windmill. The windmill kind-of looks like a cross between a lighthouse and a windmill. There are red stripes on all the blades of the windmill as well as the tower.

Day 5: Blade

There are many ways I could have gone when drawing a blade for this prompt. However, I kept coming back to a ceiling fan and the blades. From there I settled on drawing a windmill to represent the blade.

Black and white drawing of a mouse looking lovingly at a piece of cheese. Mouse is saying to himself “And the mouse gets the cheese”. There are also 3 pinkish hearts floating over his head.

Day 6: Rodent

“Hickory, dickory, dock! The mouse ran up the clock!” Anyone else thinking of nursery rhymes for this one? Anyone? Just me? Ok!

black and white pen and ink sketch of a mens top hat with a bow on the brim

Day 7: Fancy

What is fancier than getting dolled up and going out on the town. That is why for this prompt I decided to draw a Top Hat 🎩.

Color illustration of a mexican dia de los muertos sugar skull. It is a white skull bright colorful decorations (flowers, swirls, hearts, etc). The colors used are orange, pink, and blue.

Day 8: Teeth

My thoughts on this prompt were pretty simple most living creatures have teeth. And with Halloween fast approaching I thought a Dia de los Muertos sugar skull would be appropriate.

Cartoon of a giraffe (Gigi) and a sheep (Sheepie). The sheep is on its hind legs and is throwing a pink ball to the giraffe. Most of the image is in black and white however there are some pink accent colors in the image

Day 9: Throw

Ok it is official I have reached the point where my lead going into inktober has completely faded. For this prompt I decided to draw 2 characters playing catch. I have been working on flushing out, Gigi (giraffe) and Sheepie (sheep), for a potential children’s book that may only end up being for my kids☺️.

Red, White, and Blue calligraphy script that reads Vote with Stars in upper right and lower left corners.

Day 10: Hope

I drew this for today’s prompt because voting is what gives me hope for the future of our country. We are getting close to the 2020 elections here in the USA and please remember that no matter how you feel or what you believe that if you do not voice your opinion in elections then nothing will ever change.


Black and white digital drawing of a mushroom coming out of the grass. Above the mushroom is a quote that reads “You’re supposed to like me because I’m a fungi”

Day 11: Disgusting

I know that there will be people who will think I’m crazy but I think mushrooms are disgusting. So for this prompt that is what I drew with a little bit of dad humor thrown in.

Black and white digital drawing of a cartoon snail

Day 12: Slippery

For this prompt the word slimy was stuck in my head. In the end a snail seemed like an appropriate representation of this.

Digital sketch of sand dunes with a sunset/sunrise behind the dunes.

Day 13: Dune

This one was creatively difficult for me to come up with, so I just went really literal in terms of the illustration. 🤷🏻‍♀️

black and white digital drawing of a sword coming out of a stone. the sword itself is simple but has a red ruby on the end of the hilt.

Day 14: Armor

With this illustration I started to draw armor but wasn’t happy with the direction of the drawing. So I started over and decided to draw my version of the sword in the stone.

black and white digital sketch of a “Trading Outpost This Way” sign. The post is drawn to look like a wooden post stuck in the grass, with a tulip growing up out of the ground on the left side. The Text is written in yellow, while the rest of the image is black and white.

Day 15: Outpost

If you can’t find the outpost does it exist? That why I decided to draw a sign directing you to the outpost 😊.

digital drawing of a rocket ship in space surrounded by stars. The rocket ship is designed with greys and whites, on a black background.

Day 16: Rocket

If you’ve ever watched old Bugs Bunny cartoons then you might see the reference I was alluding to in this rocket ship. Duck Dodgers, Marvin the Martian, etc.

Black and white digital drawing of Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. He is sitting looking sad under a rain cloud.

Day 17: Stormy

Stormy, gloomy, rainy, sad. My free association with this one reveals my Disney roots. So let me leave you with this “Thanks for noticin’ me.” – Eeyore

digital drawing of an animal trap with a carrot sitting inside the rope waiting for an animal to come and trigger the trap.

Day 18: Trap

This prompt feels morbid to me. Maybe I should have drawn Admiral Ackbar from Star Wars instead but this is what I ended up with.

cartoon giraffe (i call her gigi) and her neck is twisted like a corkscrew head is tilted to left and she has dizzy swirls and stars coming off of her head

Day 19: Dizzy

I needed a breather from Inktober so this is a repost from last years since the prompt was the same. This illustration went on to inspire an Artmash Illustration and animation that can be seen on my site.

digital pen and ink drawing of a coral reef with fish swiming around on the ocean floor

Day 20: Coral

If I was super ambitious I would have drawn the Great Barrier Reef. That said when I think of coral I think of all the ocean life that calls a coral reef home. Please protect the planet.

Digital black and white drawing of a girl sitting who at first glance appears to be meditating but she is actually sleeping. There are zzz's that are floating above her head.

Day 21: Sleep

So let’s get real for most of us the phrase “I’m going to meditate” is code for “I need a nap!”

black and white digital drawing of a grey mouse popping out of a circle. the mouse is wearing a chef hat and coat and below the circle is hand written text that reads “le Chef”.

Day 22: Chef

So growing up my mom had many a christmas ornament that were cooking related. One such set were chef’s that are mice. This is my attempt to recreate one of those ornaments from memory.

Digital black and white drawing of a gravestone. From top to bottom it reads RIP, with the deathly hallows symbol, next is the name Ignotus Peverell, and finally a quote that reads “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure”

Day 23: RIP

For this prompt I kept coming back to Halloween and Harry Potter. So I decided to roll with it and make my own gravestone for Ignotus Peverell. The quote on the bottom is a Dumbledore quote from Sorcerer’s Stone because I like to think that Peverell’s headstone is where he got it.

Digital image of a dirt mound with a red rose and a shovel sticking out of it. The rose petals are red but the rest of the image is black and white.

Day 24: Dig

There were only two ideas I had with this one, one was a bone sticking out of the dirt like a dog buried it and the other was this that I drew. I feel like this rose had a rough day.

Digital black and white drawing of a dog looking with his head to the side and one eyebrow raised. Text above head reads "So, is it snack time yet?” he has one ear up one down and scattered spots on his body including over his right eye.

Day 25: Buddy

“Dog is mans best friend.” “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you!” For this prompt clearly I had dogs on the brain.

digital drawing of a character I created Gigi the Giraffe, who is hiding behind a rock. on the left you can see her tail poking out, along the top you can see her back, and you can see her head popping out the right side above a pink flower. There is text floating above her head that says “You can’t see me!”

Day 26: Hide

We all feel the need to hide sometimes. This is Gigi she is created from my kids favorite toy. She is shy, quiet, and nervous meeting new people. She is also super lovable 😊.

Digital drawing of a blue acoustic guitar with text reading "Rock the Vote” and music notes wrapped around it.

Day 27: Music

We are one week away from the 2020 Election in the United States and I cannot stress this enough VOTE! We all need to voice our opinion as safely as possible. Also I had the old ad campaigns from the 1990s stuck in my head 😉.

Digital illustration of a cat floating on the water in an innertube. The cat looks like they are not happy to be stuck floating in the water. The expression on their face says “get me outta here!"

Day 28: Floating

For this illustration I decided to tweak and redraw an illustration that I had drawn for the 2019 inktober. That prompt was tread and at the time I drew a version of this cat treading water. This year for the prompt float I gave him an inner tube so maybe I am getting nicer 😉. What a difference a year can make.

Digital black and white drawing of a converse high top shoe

Day 29: Shoes

For the longest time my favorite “gym” shoes have been my converse shoes. I rarely have the high top versions myself but they are so iconic that I had to draw one for this prompt.

harry potter lightning bolt, below that is the glasses (left eye blue, right eye red), below that is a 3d deathly hallows symbol, next is a 3d vote block text, and finally at the bottom is hand written text that reads “like Delores Umbridge is on the ballot”

Day 30: Ominous

“I must not tell lies…” ~ OotP ch.13

I am not sure what is more ominous in this current climate than not making sure your voice is heard during an election. VOTE!

Digital drawing of a baby girl sitting holding a bottle in one hand and and a rattle in the other hand. She has a pink bow in her hair.

Day 31: Crawl

Because babies crawl that’s what I decided to draw for this prompt. Few it is good tohave made it to the end of inktober.


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