Inktober 2019 – Day 30

It’s the penultimate day of Inktober 2019 and today’s drawing features a whale skull, a bowhead whale skull to be precise, complete with baleen.

The mandala in the background has the Nik tangle pattern forming the wider geometric patterned ring. The outer ring is a line drawing of Xanthoria elegans – the sunburst lichen.

I wanted the skull to stand out, so I coloured the mandala in a softer, paler version of the background colour.

I felt quite teary as I was looking at whale skulls and skeletons. They reminded me of the last time I visited the whale skeleton and leatherback turtle in the National Museum and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff. I was overwhelmed with sadness then too. This is a sure sign that I’m emotionally vulnerable once again and that I need to take a lot of care of myself, my emotions in particular.

This is digital art, drawn using my Microsoft Surface Pen and Surface Studio as the digital analogues of pen and paper, and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, which allows me to do this.

2 thoughts on “Inktober 2019 – Day 30

  1. Kimberly Jeffries 30 October 2019 / 14:04

    I really like this one. I am not a fan of skulls or skull art but the colors and designs you chose make it a special piece. I too have been emotional of late. It’s funny how it just comes on suddenly and subtly. For me it’s was for a silly reason but with emotions, we just have to feel them and move on. That’s always a slower process than I like.

    Well, tomorrow is the last day of the month and Halloween. I but you have a finale piece you’ve been working on! Can’t wait!

    Thanks for sharing,


    • Angela Porter 31 October 2019 / 09:46

      I’ve really enjoyed drawing skulls – it makes the science teacher in me rather happy 🙂

      Emotions are tricky for sure. I do know what caused my plummet yesterday, today I feel a bit better and my SAD lamp has helped this morning as it’s a gloomy day here in the UK.

      I’m just about to post my last inktober drawing 😦 I’m feeling quite sad about it coming to an end. Take care of yourself, Angela


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