Inktober Fun 2023

Inktober prompts

On my list of things I want to do before I turn 60 #60b460 is “Take part in Inktober”. To me, that means drawing to the Inktober prompts every day.
My aim is to hone my drawing skills and I find that having prompts helps me push myself to draw things I would have not dared to do otherwise.

I had a lot of fun with the interpretation of the prompts and then drawing them all! Follow me on Instagram to see more of my beginner art.

Ink drawing of a Dream


“Dream” is the first prompt for #inktober2023.
Inspired by @waynewilsonart, I’ve been waiting to draw something on recycled paper and the person dreaming a story seemed to fit well.


Day 2
“Somehow the killing of the giant spider, all alone without the help of the wizard or the dwarves or anyone else, made a great difference to M. Baggins.
~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Inktober drawing of spiders
Drawing of a path


Day 3
“Fear is the path to the dark side.
Fear leads to anger,
Anger leads to hate
Hate leads to suffering


Day 4
“The human race is always trying this dodge of making everything easy, but the difficulty which it shifts off one thing it shifts to another.”
~Gilbert K. Chesterton

This is one of these things I would have never done without a prompt. Trucks are not particularly interesting to me.
I took a picture as a template and tried my interpretation of it. As you can see, I struggle with the perspective.

Ink drawing of a vintage Dodge Truck
Inktober drawing of Gandalf walking into a map


Day 5
“Not all who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien

I admire Wayne Wilson‘s art drawn on old maps. This is my homage to that style and I look forward to doing more drawing on various papers.


On our way to Vancouver, we had some car trouble and had to wait in Merrit for a few hours. It was a good opportunity to draw a picture of the golden fall leaves.

drawing of a bridge in a park in Merritt, BC
Drawing of a drip of water



I didn’t have as much time during our visit to Vancouver, so I combined “Drip” with “Toad

Drawings of a drip hitting a toad
drawing of Tigger


Tigger was a lot of fun to draw. There are great step-by-step instructions on the interwebs.


Day 10
“His rage passes description – the sort of rage that is only seen when rich folk that have more than they can enjoy suddenly lose something that they have long had but have never before used or wanted.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

I remembered Smaug, the dragon in The Hobbit that guarded a fortune and was corrupted by it. Lots of parallels to today’s Billionaires :-).

Drawing of Smaug under a circle of gold coins
Drawing of a tree with legs walking


Day 11
“A person does not grow from the ground like a vine or a tree, one is not part of a plot of land. Mankind has legs so it can wander.”
~ Roman Payne, The Wanderess

Since I already used the quote “Not all those who wander are lost” I searched and found this quote. I put the book on my “want to read” list 🙂


I wanted to avoid drawing chilli peppers like most inktober people 🙂 So I thought of the spicy lettuce that grows in our garden in the spring. Mostly Arugula and Mustard.

Ink and watercolour of spicy lettuce leaves
Progress flag with fist


Day 13
“Man muss etwas machen, um selbst keine Schuld zu haben. Dazu brauchen wir einen harten Geist und ein weiches Herz. Wir haben alle unsere Maßstäbe in uns selbst, nur suchen wir sie zu wenig.”
~ Sophie Scholl
One has to do something to be free of guilt. For this, we need a firm mind and a soft heart. We have all the parameters in us, but we don’t seek them often enough.

Sophie Scholl was a student activist that fought against the Nazis in Germany and was executed for it.

This prompt made me think of the pressure and attacks our 2SLGBTQ+ and especially trans friends have had to endure lately. Not only in the USA but also here in Canada.
It is time to rise up with them and oppose the populist radicals poisoning our societies.

PS: YES! Art is political!


Day 14
“When we look at the ruins, we always get the same feeling: It’s as if the ruin will suddenly come alive and tell its own interesting story!”
~Mehmet Murat ildan

drawing of a castle ruin
drawing of a dagger with elvish writing


Day 15
“Your quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little and it will fall, to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while all the company is true” ~Galadriel, Lord of the Rings, J.R.R Tolkien

It was fun finding a website that translates English to elvish. The dagger says “Inktober Dagger” in elvish.


I was attempting to draw a cookie cutter of an Angel in perspective. I obviously have to practice perspective more but that is what this challenge is all about I think.

drawing of cookie cutters
drawing of a gargoile


Even though gargoyles are supposed to ward off demons, I thought it fit the prompt 🙂


Day 18
“Learn to be patient, like a camel in the desert.
Rely on your spiritual strength and endurance
to reach your destination.”
~ Anoir Ou-chad, The Alien

I find camels fascinating – they seem so cool and relaxed 🙂

drawing of a camel with a saddle
Drawing of a Raspberry plant


I couldn’t get myself to draw plump people so I thought of our raspberries that turned into a jungle this year and produced lots of #plump #raspberries.

Day 19
“The world was her oyster, except she didn’t like oysters.
Better yet, the world was her raspberry.
She liked Raspberries.”
~ Kevin J. Anderson


My first Zentangle attempt. The Spiders earlier were kinda Zentangle but I hadn’t planned on it.

Zentangle drawing of frost crystals
drawing of tangled christmass lights


Well, light chains 🙂

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” ~ Maya Angelou


Had fun pulling paint for this. Inspiration from my favourite tea towel 🙂

Blue cat drawing
drawing of the starship Enterprise


To boldly go where no Frithjof has ever gone before is a great way to describe my experience with #inktober.

“To be alive is a responsibility as well as a right.” ~Picard



“Magic birds were dancing in the mystic marsh. The grass swayed with them, and the shallow waters, and the earth fluttered under them. The earth was dancing with the cranes, and the low sun, and the wind and sky.” ~ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

drawing of bird in a bird bath
drawing of "protestors" in Stuart park, Kelowna


The #inktober prompt today is “Dangerous”. A lot of things and people came to mind. Bears, climate emergency, PP, Trump…
Then I started to think more local and thought about David Lindsay and his cult followers who still hold downtown hostage every Saturday. Their rants about Mandates, 5G, against LGBTQ+ people, human rights… We can cringe and shake our heads, but their language and their messages seep into people’s minds and politicians’ speeches. And that is why they are dangerous.


drawing of a box and broken pieces
ink drawing of a cute beast


Well, my beast turned out a little…. #cute
HT to @calvininnes


“My head was a magpie’s nest lined with such bright scraps of information.” ~ Alice Munro

drawing of a Magpie with a ring in its beak
drawing of a cat looking at its shadow


“Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. ~ MLK


All that Halloween candy is sure to give you a sugar rush 😉

Candy bar running
Drawing of a wildfire coming down the hill


Climate change became very real for West Kelowna on Aug. 16,” he said. “Over $20 million was spent reacting to my fire, not to mention the insurance losses which could be triple that.” He questioned what could have been accomplished if that money had been spent proactively fighting climate change. “We’re spending the money on the wrong end of the problem.”
~ Fire Chief Jason Brolund at the UN Climate summit

All of these are on my Instagram feed – check it out!

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