Inktober 2020 - Week 3. Slippery is a nudibranch (Hypselodoris bullocki). Dune is a sandworm from the world of Dune. Armor is an armored snail. Rocket is Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy. Outpost is a stone fort. Storm is a sharknado full of sharks. Trap is a pair of pitcher plants and a bug victim.
Inktober 2020 - Week 3

Inktober 2020 – Week 3

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I’ve made it to the halfway point and a little past it. Woof! I also didn’t finish one of my ink drawing on the day I was supposed to and had to play catch up on the weekend. That’s only two days where I fell behind, which means I’m already doing better than the year I finished NaNoWriMo. More adult! That’s me!?? 🀣

There’s a surprising amount of fanart this week. And when you consider that I’m a fan of nudibranchs, snails, and carnivorous plants along with sandworms, Rocket Raccoon, and sharks*, the scales are fully tipped towards fangirl-ing.

* Sorry I can only love the concept of Sharknado and not the movies themselves. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Day 12: Slippery

I love nudibranchs. They’re cute, colorful, and sometimes venomous. No words can capture how adorable they are like watching a video of them, so I invite you to watch the amusingly narrated True Facts: Freaky Nudibranchs. There are over 3,000 species of nudibranchs. I swear I could have done this whole challenge with just them. This one is supposed to be a Hypselodoris bullocki.

For the tangles I used a new tangle called Line Dance by Alice Hendon and filled in the center with Tipple.

A nudibranch (Hypselodoris bullocki) against a background of Line Dance and Tipple Zentangle patterns.
Inktober 2020 – 12 – slippery

Day 13: Dune

I have to admit, I tried reading the Dune books by Frank Herbert and found them boring. I much prefer authors like China MiΓ©ville and N.K. Jemisin when it comes to speculative fiction. But I do love giant worms, so when the Dune prompt came up, there was only one things I could draw: Sandworms!

For the tangles I used variants of a new tangle called Windmill by Hiroko Matsuo and two layers of an older tangle called Bumper.

A sandworm from Dune against a background of Bumper and hills of Windmill and Windmill variant Zentangle patterns.
Inktober 2020 – 13 – dune

Day 14: Armor

I was probably so excited to draw an armored snail on this day that I failed to orientate my tile (*cough* coaster) correctly. I may have to re-draw this one when I start coloring, which isn’t too bad because I can use this one to experiment with different media to see what works best with such an absorbent material. I have a distinct feeling that the water soluble colored pencils are going to work better than watercolor markers, but I could be wrong!

For the tangles I used two familiar tangles: Ambler and Amaze.

An armored snail against a background of Amaze and framed by Ambler Zentangle patterns.
Inktober 2020 – 14 – armor

Day 15: Outpost

I was kind of at a loss on what to draw for outpost and then I realized I was thinking too much. Thus I drew my only non-fanart tile of the week. I probably could have looked up some sort of video game outpost graphic, but I wanted an easy win. He looks so content nestled amongst the pokeleaf tangles.

For the tangles I used two familiar tangles: Printemps and Pokeleaf.

A stone tower outpost against a background of Pokeleaf and Printemps Zentangle patterns.
Inktober 2020 – 15 – outpost

Day 16: Rocket

My brain went straight past any representation of actual rockets and straight to my favorite one: Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy. Now mind you there are some more womanizing versions of him in the comic books that I do not care for, but he’s nothing but pure joy in the movies. Plus his relationship with Groot is pure joy.

For the tangles I used two familiar tangles: Meer and Shattuck.

A chibi Rocket the Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy against a background of Shattuck and Meer Zentangle patterns.
Inktober 2020 – 16 – rocket

Day 17: Storm

Once upon a time I thought it would be fun to paint a Sharknado nail art, but after drawing this I just kind of shudder at the thought of trying to fit so much on an even smaller canvas. It would probably need to be more of a close-up if I ever did it. Well, there’s always Shark Week!

For the tangles I used a new tangle called Logjam by Wayne Harlow and an oval variant of Gneiss.

A sharknado (tornado full of sharks) against a background of Logjam and Gneiss Zentangle patterns.
Inktober 2020 – 17 – storm

Day 18: Trap

I don’t know if you have set foot into a Target around Halloween, friend, but they have a few carnivorous plants as part of their Halloween decoration line and they are so cute it hurts. I bought two of them this year, almost got a third, and realized it wasn’t quite what I wanted. I’m kind of debating whether or not I’ll make a few more on my own. One thing is for sure: the two I bought are not Halloween decorations in my house and will probably be staying out for the rest of the year.

For the tangles I used two familiar tangles: Swells and Fescu with a filled in aura between them.

A pair of carnivorous pitcher plants slowly digesting bugs against a background of Fescu and Swells Zentangle patterns.
Inktober 2020 – 18 – trap

Week 3 is done!

Only 13 days left. Will I make it? I…hope so? One thing is for sure: while I want to continue drawing more every day (even if it’s just illustrating my bullet journal more), this is a bit too much when you add nail art and blogging on top of it.

I feel like that’s something I should say at the end of the month. Like…here’s the life lesson we learned on this journey, but I kind of already knew it going in. So…uh…I confirmed for science that there are indeed only so many hours in a day and I want to use more of them for sleeping. Stay tuned as we also learn important things about minutes and maybe even seconds, friends! 🀣

Next Inktober post on Monday. πŸ‘‹

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