Inktober 2017 Round-up


#Inktober. A portmanteau that only the best of the internets can come up with. Usually for me, it’s an annual instagram/twitter event that I look on as a spectator – or at best with a degree of guilt having posted maybe one inked image on instagram to shamefully capitalise on the hashtag.

But this year I decided to go for it and pragmatically declared that I’d do it most days, sometimes using the prompts, sometimes just following an idea or train of thought, shonky or otherwise, to inky completion.

It is a significant challenge to make an image you’re proud of every day, especially as I tend to work slowly, despite knowing that caution and deliberation can stunt the life within an image, making marks muddier and inhibiting spontaneity and animation. So it’s with delight that some of my favourite inktober images were those with no prior pencil work, just making the most of the brush or pen I was using – seen with the magpie, the snail trail and ‘mysterious’ images.

For many artists it was clear that their inktober was about them exercising their ideas within their style of drawing and it was largely mind-blowing, entertaining and envy inspiring. However, for me it was really important to use the month to understand ink. I’m always frustrated when ink ruins pencil work. That’s one reason why I find working digitally pleasing.

So here was a chance to deal with those issues to find a way to really work with ink in way that works for me and I’m delighted at how some of the images are and can only be ink with a brush, with a nib, or from a technical pen. That’s ink’s beauty.

You can see them all on

I’m selling 7″x7″ prints (on Arches 300gsm watercolour paper) and the original artworks of most of these inktober posts. Please drop me a line if you’re interested.

The images





Koschei The Deathless

Day one (for sorrow)

The tools

The mark-makers

The inks

The eraser

Secret portraits – Dylan Horrocks interviewed in London cafe

Illustration, Secret Portraits

‘You’ll have to speak louder’, the interviewer shouted over the music.

Dylan Horrocks wondered again why they had chosen Foxglove and Ginger.
The girl’s jet black hair was a welcome distraction to the discomfort.


Pencil, pen & ink

Words, Mukta Das

We just having a coffee’n’cake when comicbook writer/artist Dylan Horrocks was being interviewed downstairs in the cafe. Super noisy with music and a crazy-loud hand dryer in the Lois, the interviewer saw a task ahead of him in cleaning up the audio so shoved that recorder nice and close 😉 I hope Dylan and the interviewer find this little document of their encounter cheeky and nice.. 

Central line commuter

Secret Portraits

If this looks a little different from the usual sketch post it’s because I’ve been getting a masterclass from Jen Wright, mastermind of Inky Collective who, apart from being a serious force in the creative industry as a copywriter and creativity-monger, is now forging a formidable business as a letterpress printmaker, blogger and social media guru – my next business cards are absolutely coming from her. Sorry Moo.

After a lovely lunch with her yesterday I’m  trying to be more focused. From being more organised with my posts (everyday, 10am on Twitter (@PatchDasmiller), and Instagram (patchmiller)), to the way posts are presented. She’s an excellent photographer and every one of the images she posts on Instagram, the blog and in her Etsy shop is exquisite. So go there now – go!!

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