Inktober Day 20 – Double Prompt

There are many lists out there for Inktober.

There is the Official Inktober list. Then there is the They Draw and Travel, They Draw and Garden and They Draw and Cook. There is also Drawloween. In my humble opinion, Draw-loween has the best list because it’s a tradition monster list. I think I’ll do Drawloween next year because I love Halloween.

This post is combining the prompt of “coral” (Inktober) and “bird house.” (TDAG) I thought of the dragonet interacting with a cardinal aka coral bird. Ok so it’s a stretch but red and coral are in the same color family. I did a plein air painting a few years ago of birdhouses so I pulled from that for this sketch. I am also including the pencil drawing so you can see how I start these.

I used a dip pen and a brush for this ink sketch and then popped some color.

Coral, dragon and birdhouse
Pencil sketch

Inktober Day 14 – Armor

Ok, I told the dragonet this morning that he had to wear armor today. The conversation did not go well…

“D – “don’t want to wear armor! It’s too heavy and hot!!

Me – “ Oh for heavens sake, it’s only for about 30 minutes.”

D – “why do I have to wear ARMOR? Why can’t the Little Witch wear it? Who’s idea was this, anyway?

Me – “Jake Parker’s. The guy who invented Inktober. And the Little Witch is at work.”

D – “I wanna flame him!”

Me – “That wouldn’t be nice. Put the armor on and I promise I’ll sketch you quickly!”

D – “30 Minutes! That’s it! Then I’m going to the beach!”

Me – “ok ok! Shush! Let me get this done!”

30 minutes later….

D – “30 minutes are up.”

Me – (stalling) “not yet.”

D – “I was watching the clock! 35 minutes already!” I’m hot!

Me – “Almost done!”

D – “Now?”

Me – “I saw the big lizards out front. You can have them if you give me 2 more minutes!”

D – “(resigned) “ok.”

I finished the sketch. I didn’t need the dragonet for the rest.

He trots out the door toward the big palm trees out front.

Me – (calling after him) “There’s two really big rainbow lizards. Try to not to scorch the palm tree. And don’t eat the anoles!”

D – (from outside) “Uh oh! I ate a little brown one.”

Me – ( sighing) “Ok but don’t eat anymore!”

I hear a screeching ruckus…

Me – “ What was that?!”

D – (while eating) “ I accidentally ate one of those big mouth ( munch) blue birds.”

Me – (head smack, sighing again) “a Blue Jay? Don’t eat any more!“

He never went to the beach. He’s laying out by the pool sleeping in the sun. He ate two Blue Jays.

Inktober Day 10 – Hope

Today’s prompt for Inktober is “hope.” Witches are born with a different sort of immunity which COVID doesn’t affect, but the Little Witch and dragonet have lots of human friends. In this year of a pandemic, HOPE means that we are praying for a swift end to this world crisis. HOPE also means that this virus gets conquered by a vaccine or mutates into something benign.

HOPE

We hope that in two and half months, we ring in 2021; the New Year, the way 2020 was supposed to be.

HOPE

Life returns to a better versions of pre-pandemic, but hopefully we’ll all be wiser and treasure every day as the gift it is.

Inktober Day 8 – Teeth

The prompt today was teeth and I almost did a shark, but then I thought it would be a cop out to my “Little Witch” series, which at the moment, is focused on the dragonet.

So how could I best represent a dragon’s teeth. Working in a 4×6 space, adding the witch to check the dragon’s teeth or something along those lines forces me to work tiny. Then I thought of kitty and a stretchy dragon yawning and showing his teeth made more sense.

I sketched two versions in my sketchbook and then I uploaded one of the sketches in Procreate, tweaked it, then downloaded it and printed it out to send to my mom. Not very Halloweenish but sometimes the story takes a life of its own.

Here are both versions:

Here is the Procreate “ink” version
This version was printed out on cardstock and I used Arteza pens to add color. This one will be mailed to my mom.

An added note, all of these are postcards I mail to my mom, who is in an assisted living facility for memory care. She is in NJ and I live in Florida so I try to make her postcards and mail them to her as often as I can. The #342 is the number of postcards I have mailed her.

Inktober Day 7 – Beets

Today I opted for They Draw and Cook’s Inktober list and today’s prompt was “beets.”

The little dragon got loose in the garden and pulled out a few beets. Now he has the decide what to do with them.