Inktober 2017 Day 6: The Pen is Mightier than the “Sword”

Inktober 2017 Day 6: The Pen is Mightier than the “Sword”

Today’s Inktober drawing went through several changes before getting to the finished product. Click the title to see how I decided to interpret the prompt “sword!”

In this post:

  • The Origin of The Pen is Mightier than the “Sword”
  • Preliminary Sketches
  • Final Drawing


“Sword.”  I would argue that it is more difficult to come up with a concept for a prompt that forms a particular image in one’s mind. I say this because everyone already has an image in their mind of a sword. It brings up the question, “How can I interpret this in a different way?”

The venture to answer this question resulted in many preliminary sketches (as you’ll see in the next section).


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In an attempt to be clever, I wanted to put a twist on the iconic Mulan poster. As I mentioned in Day 4’s post, The Emperor’s New Groove has brought inspiration for a few of the posts, but I have yet to be pleased with the results. The slideshow above shows all the attempts to incorporate the palace, Kuzco, and Kuzco as a llama into one drawing.

Briefly I played with the idea of a “Sword of the Seasons.” The idea was to show the result of a sword cutting through the fabric of reality to change the seasons. I still like the idea of a sword of the seasons, but the initial drawing didn’t convey the idea well enough. It might be something I’ll have to revisit once the time crunch of Inktober is done.

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The penultimate idea I had was to take the prompt literally and just draw swords. I was set on drawing the pirate one, but I wanted to do something more.


For my final drawing, I wanted to do a play on the phrase, “The Pen is Mightier than the Sword.”  At first, I was just going to draw a quill, but then I added the word “sword” to make it look like that’s what the pen was being used to write.  Hope you enjoyed today’s Inktober drawing.  Make sure to come back tomorrow for Day 7!

Thanks for reading!

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