October Ink Drawings – Days 1 and 2

I’m doing my own version of Inktober this year. I decided to make up my own prompts because the official ones seemed quite confusing to my autistic brain. They were adjectives rather than nouns. I prefer nouns. So here’s my list of prompts…

Because I have a chronic pain condition I decided to let the challenge continue for as long as I need but I will, eventually, make a drawing for each day in Ocotober.

So my first 2 were River and Bird. Here are the ink drawings…

The river one made me feel really calm while I drew it, despite the fact that it was drawn in those few spare minutes before school and at lunchtime while I was at work. I think the experience I have of fishing and boating on rivers and lakes brings calmness into the picture.

Being next to a body of water has always been like going home for me. When I was a child it was Toddbrook, the small stream near where I lived. As a teenager it was the gravel pit lakes where I sailed dinghies twice a week come hell or high water. Now it’s a mixture of the Norfolk Broads and all the lakes and rivers I fish regularly.

I used my Pigma Micron pens for most of this drawing.

And then added some greyscale using a Pentel water brush pen filled with a mixture of ink and water. This is what my water brush pen looks like…

My next ink drawing was of a Raven…

As I was driving to work this week BBC Radio 4 reviewed a book about the Ravens in the Tower of London. It really caught my heart and led to this picture. The book is called “The Ravenmaster” and it’s by Christopher Skaife. It’s all about his relationships with the Tower Ravens.

I don’t know if this is an autistic thing or just a general human thing but I find communication with animals much easier than with people. Dogs would be top of my list but most animals I find easier to deal with than people. So I was very interested.

I also remember an experience in a town centre where I met the scruffiest crow in the world. He was fabulous. His feathers were a mess, he hopped on only one leg and he metaphorically fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down. But he was smart and bright and interested in everything. I saw him watching me eat my slice of bread pudding. As I walked past he kind of begged, hopping comically next to me as I walked along. So I stopped and gave him a little. Not too much obviously because it was bread pudding which is pure gold on my scale of brilliant foods. Then he began to beg in earnest. He bobbed his head, hopped from side to side and generally made a huge fuss which I think indicated that he liked bread pudding as much as me. So I gave up, sat down and shared it with him.

Next week, Dinosaurs and Computers… ๐Ÿ™‚

19 thoughts on “October Ink Drawings – Days 1 and 2

  1. Nice drawings, I really like your drawing of the River, and the Crow. Take as much time as you want to do the 31 drawings. I don’t think I could ever commit to a challenge like that.

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  2. I agree – I only listen to books because I have a chronic pain condition which means than sometimes my body won’t cooperate enough to hold a book. It’s a reasonable substitute when I am really immobilised by my condition but if I can manage then a paperback is my number one choice!


  3. I nearly always wait for the paperback to come out, except if Audible do an audio version and the narrator is OK, then I sometimes go that way.


  4. I reckon I’ll buy it too, but I hate hardbacks, am not fond of kindle and the paperback isn’t available here till September next year! Think it’ll be a kindle purchase before I Next go on holiday

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  5. Wow thanks! I agree about the book. I think I’m going to have to buy it. I really appreciate your encouraging comments.


  6. I love your raven, and that book sounds really interesting. I kind of wish I had a noun to draw today instead of โ€˜droolingโ€™! Iโ€™ve looked at some of your other posts and your drawings are stunning ๐Ÿค— looking forward to seeing more of them

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