Inktober 2017

Holy cow, I completed Inktober for the second year in a row! Being the major procrastinator that I am, I’m actually rather pleased with myself. 😁💪


Last year I did Inktober with Drawlloween prompts, but I decided not to do any prompts this time.

I knew I would have less time this year as we would travel to Copenhagen, and then we had plans to visit my (divorced, so two different trips) parents and have Markus’s parents come up to visit us. And I had that neverending cold, which by now is finally over.
Because of all that, I didn’t want to have any restrictions but rather be free to do as I pleased.

The tools were the same as last time though.

I still have the same book I used last year and decided to continue with it (I’m even reusing the same photo of it). The paper is a bit yellow and soft so the ink bleeds a little, but it’s a pretty book and I want to use it.

After counting the pages it seems I have two more years worth of space left. I hope I get to finish not only Inktober for 2 more years but to completely fill the book as well!

Imaginary Karin - inktober drawlloween tools

A selection of drawings

Below are some of my own personal favourites! If you want to see all 31 of them you can find them on my Instagram or my DeviantArt profile.

My top favs this year is the GW2 raptor mount because it’s funny, and the water horse/Kelpie because it’s a good subject. I’m tempted to make a full-size coloured version of the water horse.

Another I really like is the Erumpent from the Fantastic Beasts movie. She turned out simple but super cute. ☺ She would look great as pixel art too. I haven’t pixeled anything in forever, so we’ll see if I get around to it.

Inktober 2017 - Guild Wars 2 raptor mount
Day 2 – Guild Wars 2 recently came out with a new expansion – that included mounts!! Featured here is one of my Asuran characters (yes they look like gremlins).
Inktober 2017 - the little mermaid
Day 8 – Den lille havfrue/The Little Mermaid
Inktober 2017 - Lantern bat
Day 9 – tiny bat with tiny berry lantern
Inktober 2017 - three eyed cat
Day 12 – 👁👁👁
Inktober 2017 - she-elf
Day 14 – female elf
Inktober 2017 - Bäckahästen Kelpie
Day 20 – bäckahästen/the brook horse/kelpie
Inktober 2017 - lingonberry flower
Day 21 – lingonberry flower
Inktober 2017 - Bohemian Waxwing
Day 23 – Bohemian Waxwing, one of my favourite birds
Inktober 2017 - little castle
Day 25 – little castle
Inktober 2017 - Erumpent
Day 26 – The Erumpent is my favourite beast from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, she’s so cute! Poor girl just want some love 😉

In retrospect

I actually think I did better this year regarding the quality of the drawings. Looking through them it is obvious that some are a bit more rushed or uninspired, but overall it looks slightly better. Or maybe I just had fewer fuck-it-I-give-up days?

Not having a theme was both a blessing and a curse, but mostly a blessing. It’s probably part of the reason why I did better drawings this year. But at the same time, I had lots of days when I stared at the blank page not knowing what to do. Those days having a theme or a prompt would have helped.

It seems that the brain likes to make up themes anyway though. I had lots of little “mini-series” going on. Like 3 different birds, 3 magical equines, 2 elves etc…

Inktober was just as fun this time. It’s a bit of a pain when you’re stressed or tired or don’t feel very creative, but it’s so worth it. If you’re even a tiny bit into art, I can wholeheartedly recommend participating! :D


  1. 26 November 2017

    Your drawings are AMAZING. It was great to see them as you posted each day and I was continually impressed by the amount of detail. I am looking to see many more in the years to come! :D I think my favourite was the three-eyed cat.

  2. 26 November 2017

    Your drawings – and your notebook – are gorgeous. I’m always really envious of people with artistic talent/ability. My favourites of the ones you shared are the kelpie and the little castle <3

  3. 28 November 2017

    Congrats on completing another Inktober! I did it for my first time this year, and I had a lot of fun with it. I didn’t really like any of the prompt lists I saw either, and I found that I was more motivated by coming up with my own list of things to draw. I loved following along and seeing all of your drawings! They’re so good!

    • 15 December 2017

      Thank you! :D Prompts are good if you lack inspiration or want to practise drawing from instructions, but I prefer doing my own thing. I really liked your theme of having characters playing dress up! ☺

  4. 30 November 2017

    You draw really well, I love them.

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