Pears in October

I love drawing pears. They’re a simple shape, but not so simple they’re boring. And a forgiving form too: you can mess around with a pear shape quite a bit and it still look like a pear.

I thought I’d sit down and do a ‘quick 5 minute’ #inktober sketch, but I just kept going for an hour. Here is all of it, the ones that worked and the ones that didn’t. These weren’t made with any particular aim to try different approaches, or change up how I worked, I just drew one, turned the page, drew another and kept going…











I love how Noodlers Bulletproof Ink (used for the brushed-on washes) granulates. The linework is mostly with a Carbon Platinum Pen and sometimes a Sailor Bent Nib.I started working on the linework before the  ink washes dried. I like the idea of only controlling so much of my work, and then letting the wet-in-wet thing make it’s own sometimes-mess-sometimes-magic. Looking back, I wish I’d left some of those sketches as just washes with no line. But they were fun to do they way I did them, no thinking involved, just do one, turn the page, do another, and then do it all over again. Still, I do se how they evolved and got simpler as I went along.

I’m liking this Inktober thing. Join in, it’s never too late and it’s fun.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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9 Responses to Pears in October

  1. mbitproducer says:

    Those pear sketches appear peartastic🍐 #1 & #5 get an extra vote🎉


  2. Margie says:

    I love your pears – and just think – you could leave off the stem and they would become almost like potatoes!


  3. Carolyn Fitz says:

    Fabulous! Love the monochromatic …grainy…looseness! Thanks!! Carolyn Fitz

    Sent from my iPad



  4. Annie says:

    Carolyn Fitz said what I was going to say! And, thanks for sharing the media details.


  5. Suhita, does the “Inktober” thing have to be ink-only? Because you almost always draw in ink and then watercolor after, and that’s what I do, too. Does that “count”? or does the focus need to be specifically on the drawing in ink?


    • Melissa, I don’t think there’s rules to Inktober. It started as one guys attempt to focus on inking skills for a month. So in the spirit of stepping outside what I usually do, I’m trying to do one little piece everyday, however small that is less about watercolor and more about ink. Sometimes I mix I other media, sometimes not. I’ll post a few pieces soon.


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