Inktober – Day 27 – Interlude

Trying a different kind of spread layout…

Welcome to day 27 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

Following the fairy to the end of the dark street, she stops in front of a gully cover. Waving her wand she removes the lid and starts going down.

Grog was anything but delighted about their underground journey, while Sasha felt quite at home in the cave like environment.
“Where does the tunnel lead to?” she asks.
“Have some patience, will you?” the fairy says. “None paying clients are always the worst” she mumbles to herself.

Inktober – Day 25 & 26 – Tempting & Ego

I was a bit at a loss of what to draw for these prompts, so decided to combine them both in the story…

Welcome to day 25 & 26 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

“So if you are a fairy, can you make my wing grow back?”
“Ah, I am afraid that is beyond my abilities. However, there might be other solutions. Let me make you a suggestion, I can grant you one wish or I can help you find what you lost,” the fairy says.

“Only one wish? And I cannot wish for a second wing?” Grog asks.
“That´s correct” the fairy replies.
“What kind of fairy are you if you cannot fulfill a wish? I thought that is the purpose of fairies?” grumbles Grog.
“Well, I am what I am. So take it or leave it,” the fairy snaps back at Grog and starts turning away from him.
“Make up your mind,” Sasha hisses at Grog. “The night is almost over and we are still no closer in finding your wing!”

After another moment of thought and seeing his reflection in a puddle of water, Grog forgets about his ego and starts jumping after the fairy who is slowly flying down the street. “ Alright, alright! Keep your wish, but I want your help, if you say you can help” he barks at her.
The fairy turns around and smiles at them. “Alright, follow me.”

Inktober – Day 24 – Fairy

Still playing catch up with the inktober drawings. Was a bit stuck with the story and still not quite sure where it will go. Any inspiration is welcome. Have a great week everyone!

Welcome to day 24 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

They start walking down the street. Everything is dark and they are not quite sure what direction to take.

Suddenly Sasha spots a tiny light at the end of an alley. Curious, they walk towards it.

“Who are you?” Grog asks.

“I am a fairy” the winged creature says.

“You don´t look like a fairy” Grog says.

“Oh well, nobody is perfect,” the fairy replies. “And who are you, if I may ask?”

Grog and Sasha introduce themselves.

“A bat with glasses and a one winged gargoyle! Seems like you are not perfect either” the fairy responds and smiles broadly.

Inktober – Day 23 – Booger

Welcome to day 23 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

With everyone stunned and distracted by the transformation of the dog, Sasha and Grog seize their chance and run. Grog darts out the door first and starts running down the street like he never ran before. Sasha flaps her wings trying to keep up with him.

They only stop when they are both completely out of breath.

Once recovered, they start looking around, only to realize that they are even more lost than before. Nothing looks familiar. Even the buildings in their shape and form look different from before.

Inktober – Day 22 – Heist

Welcome to day 22 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

Grog froze when he saw the dog standing at the door. Should he fight him and then try to make a run? The dog was slightly bigger than him. Grog was calculating his chances.

“Get out of the way!” Sasha yells at Grog from behind. In a swift movement, Sasha snatches the magician´s wand out of his hand and points it at the dog.

“Abracadabra!” she yells at the top of her lungs.

Inktober – Day 20 – Bluff

Welcome to day 20 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

Again, Grog was not impressed with the magician´s bluff. He ripped of the ponytail and started running towards the exit in anger.

Inktober – Day 19 – Part II – Ponytail

Welcome to day 19 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

The magician pointed his wand at Grog and started waiving it.

“Abracadabra!!” he says.

inktober-2022-day-19-ponytail_Melanie Franz

Inktober – Day 19 – Part I

Welcome to day 19 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

“Alright, alright! You are clearly not impressed with the result!” the magician laughs while looking at Grog.

“Let me try again! My magic wand should do the trick!”

Inktober – Day 17 – Salty

Welcome to day 17 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

Once Grog is on stage the magician asks “So what would you like to see?”

“Can you give me a second wing?” Grog asks.

“Haha! Nothing easier than that!” the magician answers. “All I need is my magic salt!”

Inktober – Day 14 – Empty

Welcome to day 14 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

Having searched for Grog´s wing for what felt for hours, both of them were starving. Before they knew it, they had emptied the basket.

Inktober – Day 12 – Forget

Welcome to day 12 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

On their chaotic escape from the eagle, Grog and Sasha forget to pay attention what direction they are heading.

Suddenly they find themselves in an area that is not familiar to either of them.

Sasha tries to fly higher up, but all the rooftops look the same to her.

Inktober – Day 11 – Eagle

Welcome to day 11 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

Grog quickly jumped out of reach of the crab´s claws.

Still being puzzled by the content of the nest, Grog and Sasha did not pay any attention to their surroundings.

Suddenly they heard a screech behind them. Is this the owner of the nest returning? Either way, they did not want to find out and made a run for it!

Inktober – Day 10 – Crabby

Welcome to day 10 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

Grog swiftly climbed up to the nest. Although he was not able to fly anymore, he still is an excellent climber.

However, the nest held a surprise that he did not expect at all!

Inktober – Day 9 – Nest

Welcome to day 9 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

After an unsuccessful search of the surrounding streets, Sasha gets bored. “Maybe your wing did not fall down but someone stole it?” she suggests.

“Or maybe it helps if we just change our point of view?” Sasha continues, thinking out loud.

Inktober – Day 8 – Match

…still attempting a very slow catch up on my Inktober drawings…

Welcome to day 8 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

Together they start exploring the streets of the city.

Walking past a window, Grog sees his reflection. For a moment it looks like his wings are a perfect match again.

Inktober 2022 Day 8 _ Match_Melanie Franz

Inktober – Day 4 – Scallop

Welcome to day 4 of my Inktober story. Missed the beginning? Here is where it starts.

“Let me put on my glasses”, Sasha the bat, said.

“You wear glasses??” Grog replies, wondering.

“Nobody is perfect!” Sasha sneers at him. 

Meanwhile Grog climbs up another pile of boxes to look at what is inside. The top box tips and its content comes crashing down. Grog finds himself buried in a mountain of scallops. 

Inktober – Day 2 – Scurry

Last year during Inktober I put the focus on character design and had fun creating little children´s illustration. This year (after a way to long break from drawing and feeling out of practice) I decided to put the focus on storytelling.

Follow me for whatever story this year´s Inktober prompt list will lead to. Every day´s prompt will be a new page of the story.

Day 1 – meet Grog, the gargoyle. Now you might have notice something different about him.

Day 2 – still a work in progress. Will finish it tonight.


One morning Grog woke up, discovering that one of his wings was missing.

Grog jumped off his usual outdoor wall spot. Maybe someone had put his wing in the attic? He scurried around, looking here and there. But his wing was nowhere to be found. 

Work in progress

Getting more worried, he spots a big closet at the other end of the attic. Maybe his wing is in there? Slightly out of breath, he opens the door.

He jumps! That was not what he expected to find!

… to be continued on day 3.