Inktober 2021 Day 16: COMPASS

Past the halfway point so that means no where to go except forward from here! Follow the needle! Adventure, ho~! Haha, but seriously, this one was a really simple doodle. I haven’t handled a real compass in forever. Not since my middle school days from science club and girl scouts. I have no idea how to use one properly now. I should probably learn how to read maps once more.

Slowly chugging along on this. Thank you so much for sticking with me, guys!

Inktober 2021 Day 15: HELMET

This one came out the year I was born. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. I love it so much and absolutely had to draw it for the helmet day. I was torn on doing Nausicaa herself, but that’s not really a helmet as much as a hat and a mask. This one was more militaristic and helms-like. Kushana is such a weird character. I really don’t know how to feel about her.

I think I’m doing a pretty good job sticking with the Ghibli theme, right? Even if the drawings aren’t perfect. I’m really trying to stick to it right now. Almost halfway through the month of October~! It hurts my brain a bit. I’m burned out already, but I’m not going to stop! I will finish this drawing prompt challenge even if it kills me.

I hope it doesn’t kill me.

Inktober 2021 Day 14: TICK

I hated this one with a blinding unquenchable passion. I don’t like ticks. The bugs are just… a nightmare for me and I’ve hated having to check for them after camping or doing yard work. I drew one then got furious at the picture. It was horribly done and I hated it. So I added a doodle of “The Tick” superhero from the cartoon series. Anyone else remember that show? Anyone? No? Just me? It was one of those shows that I watched when my brain got loopy. Any who, that’s all I’m going to say about this nightmare of a prompt.

Inktober 2021 Day 13: ROOF

Kiki’s Delivery Service is one of my favorite Miyazaki/Ghibli films. I watch it on repeat. It’s a relaxing one for background noise and the message really hits home for me all the time. I’m way older than Kiki and I still struggle to figure out who I am and what I’m going to do with my life. Haha.

Also, the bakery from this movie is really inspiring for me. I love to bake, I’ve worked at a bakery, and I just love carbs. I was torn between Kiki’s roof scene with the blimp and the scene where her and Tombo are hanging her sign. This one actually was my favorite though. When I was younger, I used to sit on the roof of the local church and stare up at the night sky.

Inktober 2021 Day 12: STUCK

My step daughter mentioned trying to be Ghibli themed for the Inktober challenge but she hasn’t really been able to keep that going. I don’t blame her. It’s really difficult trying to fit some of these terms to a Studio Ghibli movie. This one really came to mind for me so I had to do it.


While my step daughter and In-laws are out of town for Fall Break, I think I’ll be making some Korean Army Stew. It’s no where near the same as the Ramen from Ponyo, but the Ghibli food feeling sort of lingers there. I’ll probably do a post for it sometime in November. I’ll have to take a ton of pictures of the food.

Thanks for sticking with me this month, guys.

Inktober 2021 Day 11: SOUR

When life gives you lemons… draw them. I really honestly don’t have much brain right now so I’m sorry if I don’t have anything interesting to tell you. The drawing prompts are at least helpful in getting me motivated to do something. I’m trying so hard not to be a perfectionist and just posting what I draw. Even if I’m really not happy about it.

Inktober 2021 Day 10: PICK

103 days straight of posting to the blog so far! Not quite to the 1/3rd mark of a year, but I’m thrilled. It’s been so hard keeping up with posts. Especially right now with the drawing stuff for Inktober. My step daughter is away this week for her Fall Break. I’ll have to look at her notebook later and see if she’s drawn anymore for the project.

I took a simple approach and went for “pick” flowers. I didn’t want to draw a mine pick or a guitar pick or anything like that. Really struggling with getting things drawn. I’ve been having a hard time since September. Thankfully I’ve had a ton of extra posts to cushion my hard times. But now that I’m starting to run out of those, I’ll have to rally.

Thank you, everyone for checking out my blog!

Inktober 2021 Day 9: PRESSURE

I took a very artistic approach for my version of pressure. I’m not sure if I’m going to let my step daughter see this one. I don’t want to confuse her too much. I worked on this one one of the days she wasn’t around. Urgh, I do need to start putting something in between my pages when I draw though. I can see that the pencil lines from the drawing above have left indents on my drawing. Haha. I guess I need to practice what I teach my step daughter about using a lighter touch.

She’s still not caught up to me, so this will be another solo day. I kind of enjoyed doodling this one. I hope after October is over I’ll see be able to draw some. The drawing prompt challenge has been helpful.

Inktober 2021 Day 8: WATCH

Hickory Dickory Dock… the Whooter drew a watch. I definitely pressed down too hard on that fan drawing because you can STILL see lines on this page. I’m struggling to draw right now. I really hope that the next few days of doodles will be easier. I guess this is why they call it a drawing challenge. It would be really easy just to give up…

Fighto! Going to keep at it. Even if it’s the most horrible, awful, hot mess of a sketch. It just means I’ll be able to work on improving my abilities at a later date. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself. Maybe I’ll try and draw it on my tablet later. Urgh. Who knows. Thanks for stopping in again today!

Inktober 2021 Day 7: FAN

My step daughter has fallen behind with her drawings. So I’m going to go ahead and keep posting mine. Hopefully she will catch back up with me and I’ll be able to add her sketches to these post once they are done. Or I’ll do a post near the end of the month with all of hers. This was an intense project for someone so young, so I’m not too worried that she hasn’t been able to keep up.

I’m sticking with an “Asian” theme. One of those fun folding fans. Nothing too fancy Just happy to keep up with a drawing a day. See you guys tomorrow!