Max Koch Uncorked

Wine-soaked adventures through a twisted life…

Inktober: Days 1 – 5

For the first time since its inception in 2009, I am participating in the Inktober Initiative, created by illustrator Jake Palmer.  31 Drawings, 31 Days.  And let me tell you: I am having a blast!  I’ve never worked with prompt words before to inspire a drawing, so…this is bitchin’ new terrain for me.  It’s gotten me back on a consistent creative schedule – which I have considerably neglected since I’ve been mourning the death of my beloved pug, Mickey – AND, best of all, it has re-ignited a fire inside me to put my ideas to paper, no matter how shitty or strange. And the rules are VERY simple:

Inktober rules:

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it online

3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2017

4) Repeat

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. Inktober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.

Well, that sounded perfectly reasonable to me.  So off I went.  Here are my first five submissions, with the accompanying prompt words.

Day 1.  Prompt word: Swift.  I went with the late, legendary Hollywood super agent, Irving “Swifty” Lazar.

Swift Day 1-2

Day 2.  Prompt word: Divided.  I’ve never been more worried about the future.


Day 3.  Prompt word: Poison.  The Las Vegas Massacre AND the death of Tom Petty all happened at once.


Day 4.  Prompt word: Underwater.  This one was inspired by the notorious Sourtoe Cocktail.


Day 5.  Prompt word: Long.  In honor of NBC’s hit show Cheers, I call this one “Skelley Long.”



More to come…

WINE PAIRING: I’ve never been to Wine & Canvas, which is more about painting while drinking wine…but if anything makes me happy anymore, it’s bound to be drawing with a glass of wine next to me on my desk.