Inky Birds


Pen and ink birds

Inktober is a drawing challenge where you create one ink drawing a day throughout the entire month of October. As well as creating digital drawings around the official Inktober prompt list, I have also created my own prompt list for this month's Inktober challenge. My own prompt word for today's drawing is birds, I created two ink drawings on this theme using my dip pen, brush, wax, water and drawing inks.


Herons are one of my favourite birds, I often see one flying over my house. On rare occasions I have also had a woodpecker visit the bird feeders in my garden, it's easy to spot with its black and white feathers and patches of red.

Ink on paper

If you want to see some of my previous ink illustrations check out DWELLING, an illustrated crime novel collaboration between myself and fellow Steemian @dougkarr, set in New York’s Lower East Side. Dwelling is now available in print and ePub.


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10.10.2019 22:26
10.10.2019 22:27

Such beautiful inky drawings Ophelia. Your woodpecker is similar to our Australian Kingfisher and Kookaburra. My favourite birds ~ As well as Magpies which would lend themselves so well to inky bird drawings. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

11.10.2019 04:39

A magpie will make its way into one of my drawings. I sometimes use their feathers to draw with when using inks. We have a few who spend their days hopping around our garden and the roof tops of the houses in our street. I recently moved my drawing desk upstairs to make the most of the light at this time of year. Now I have the perfect view of the magpies on the roof opposite, and a few times one has been sat outside my window ledge too.

11.10.2019 08:33

How wonderful that you have magpies in your garden too and one has actually been coming to your window ledge. They are one of the most intelligent birds and apparently recognize people. They know who to avoid and who they can trust to come closer to.

Sometimes when I sit in the garden first thing in the morning, they will come really close and the other day when I was having lunch in the garden one came so close. He wanted whatever I was having. Hard not to feed them, but I don't because I like them to stay totally self-sufficient. We do leave water out for them though as sometimes it doesn't rain for weeks. Look forward to seeing the magpies come into your drawings now. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

11.10.2019 09:32

They are very useful birds, they clean out the guttering on our house by throwing out all the moss when they are looking for bugs. I can always tell when they have been around by the state of our driveway below.

11.10.2019 09:44

Herons are my favorite bird as well. I don't see them often and I think it's because they are so rare that I like them so much. That and they are very graceful looking. The drawings are great of both birds. Well done

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11.10.2019 06:13

I once saw a heron with a rabbit in it's beak, that was an interesting sight. I was driving past at the time, so never got to see if it managed to eat it.

11.10.2019 08:55

...well, Happy Bird Day then ! 😉 😊

11.10.2019 09:36