Inktober 2017 Day 4: “Underwater” City

Inktober 2017 Day 4: “Underwater” City

For today’s prompt “underwater,” it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do.  Click the title to read about how I got to the finished product!

In this post:

  • The Origin of “Underwater” City
  • Preliminary Sketches
  • Final Drawing


“Underwater.”  There are so many directions that one could go with that word: a submarine, a coral reef, numerous kinds of fish, etc.  In fact, there are so many possibilities that it was difficult for me to choose the direction in which I wanted to go.  Even though it’s only the 4th day of Inktober, I already learned an important lesson: how to be creative within the constraints of a deadline.  More specifically, if you’re having trouble coming up with an idea and you’re pressed for time just start something.  And that something for me today was a bubble.


One of the ideas that crossed my mind was to create an underwater city inside of a bubble.  I was putting off drawing anything until I was satisfied with the concept.  It turns out that I was getting too much in my head.  Once I put the drawing to paper, the concept came together.


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Once I drew the city in the bubble the main problem was inking the drawing.  My 1st attempt resulted in a lopsided bubble, which you can see in the slideshow.  In my 2nd and final attempt, I got the circular bubble that I wanted, but I was wary to color in too much black.  I ended up leaving a little bit of white space at the bottom of the bubble to make sure that the circle would stay intact.  One thing that I added from the preliminary sketches to the final drawing was shells to make it clear that this is an underwater city.  Hope you enjoyed today’s Inktober drawing.  Make sure to come back tomorrow for Day 5!

Thanks for reading!

4 Replies to “Inktober 2017 Day 4: “Underwater” City”

  1. I love these! Not only are they cute and creative, they remind me I’m supposed to be doing Inktober and tell me the prompt at the same time! 🙂 You’re doing great Kimberly!

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