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Since 2009 the artist/illustrator Jake Parker has set up a challenge to artists world wide: 31 Days, 31 Drawings, giving them a set of word prompts for each day (in order to stimulate ideas on what to draw).As he says on his website, "I created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing."

INKTOBER RULES     1.Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want)     2. Post it online     3. Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2016     4. Repeat

I like the openess of the challenge, and since I could choose any topic I wanted to make a series of drawings to give you a taste of the children's book series I am creating, "Merlin's World". Most of my work is very detailed and takes days or weeks to finish, so, in this Inktober 2016 challenge I set a goal to create a work in ink, using quick, expressive lines, not too much detail, and simple color--only Prismacolor markers & pencils--NO Watercolor or acrylic--and taking NO more than 2 hours, start to finish (including scanning & upload).

The Gallery below was uploaded about half-way through the project, so check back for the new images each day until the end of October 2016. Under each thumbnail of the piece is the Prompt Word of the Day. The last 5 pictures are not Inktober sketches--they are older drawings from the Merlin's World sketchbook. **Please Note: Each larger image carries my Watermark.

If you would like an 8 1/2" X 11" print ($10) ofany of the drawings below, please email me @ myroseblooms@yahoo.com--
your print would NOT contain the Watermark, of course.


Help end world hunger

DAY 1/PromptWord: FAST

DAY 2/PromptWord: NOISY

DAY 3/PromptWord: COLLECT

DAY 4/PromptWord: HUNGRY

DAY 5/PromptWord: SAD

DAY 6/PromptWord: HIDDEN

DAY 7/PromptWord: LOST

DAY 8/PromptWord: ROCK

DAY 9/PromptWord: BROKEN

DAY 10/PromptWord: JUMP

DAY 11/PromptWord: TRANSPORT

DAY 12/PromptWord: WORRIED

DAY 13/PromptWord: SCARED

DAY 14/PromptWord: TREE

DAY 15/PromptWord: RELAX

DAY 16/PromptWord: WET

DAY 17/PromptWord: BATTLE

DAY 18/PromptWord: ESCAPE

DAY 19/PromptWord: FLIGHT

DAY 20/PromptWord: SQUEEZE

DAY 21/PromptWord: BIG

DAY 22/PromptWord: LITTLE

DAY 23/PromptWord: SLOW

DAY 24/PromptWord: DOZEN

DAY 25/PromptWord: TIRED

DAY 26/PromptWord: BOX

DAY 27/PromptWord: CREEPY

DAY 28/PromptWord: BURN

DAY 29/PromptWord:SURPRISE

DAY 30/PromptWord: WRECK

DAY 31/PromptWord: FRIEND

Merlin's World-Sketch 1

Merlin's World-Sketch 2

Merlin's World-Sketch 3

Merlin's World-Sketch 4

Merlin's World-Sketch 5


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No material may be used without express permission of the artist. For more information on using any of these images, click 'Contact the Artist' above. Thank you!