Inktober 2017 Day 1: “Swift” the Tortoise

Inktober 2017 Day 1: “Swift” the Tortoise

Happy Inktober!  Click the title to read about the process that led to “Swift” the Tortoise!

In this post:

  • The Origin of “Swift” the Tortoise
  • Preliminary Sketches
  • Final Drawing


“Swift.”  Upon reading the 1st prompt for Inktober, there are 2 people that entered my mind: Taylor Swift and Mulan.  I thought about Mulan because of the song “I’ll Make a Man Out of You”:

♪♫♪ We must be swift as the coursing river ♪♫♪

When I watched that scene in Mulan again (for research), I realized that the only thing relating to the word “swift” is when Mulan is running ahead of all the men.  Not wanting to draw people (understanding the limitations of my artistic abilities), I decided to take the ironic interpretation of “swift.”  And that’s how “Swift” the Tortoise was born.


Originally, Swift was a sea turtle.  This meant that he had flippers instead of feet.  To make my turtle “swift,” I put him on a treadmill (as you can see in the picture above).

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I wasn’t happy with how the treadmill looked, so I ended up putting him on a skateboard instead.

For some reason, it seemed weird to me for Swift to be sort of laying down on the skateboard.  Thus, I gave him feet, which I later learned, turned him into a tortoise.  It’s a happy accident because I like how Swift being a tortoise puts a different spin on “The Tortoise and the Hare.”


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After making Swift a tortoise, I basically had his final look (see the slideshow above).  The only thing left to do was to redraw Swift on a flashcard and use a permanent marker to ink him!  Hope you enjoyed today’s Inktober drawing.  Make sure to come back tomorrow for Day 2!

Thanks for reading!

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