Monday, October 01, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Day #1: Fundamentals: Staff Lengths

Welcome to Inktober 2018 Day 1!

Inktober is an event where artists draw 1 picture for each day in the month of October. There is an official prompt list for the picture of each day. Last year, I put my own spin to Inktober by focusing each drawing on the martial arts. After the first few pictures, I decided to focus on 1 theme for the whole month. Last year's focus was knifefighting and if you want to check it out, please visit my Projects page.

This year's focus/theme will be on the staff/spear. I am ambitious with this project, will do my best to post 1 picture a day. I also will be jotting down notes to each drawing as after all, I'm trying to learn staff/spear. Additionally, I need to hone my 'gesture drawing' skills as it will be beneficial for notes taking after a martial arts class/seminar. Drawing and notes will be on an 8.5" x 11" paper and I will collect them into a folder.



  1. " shall stand upright, holding the staff upright close by your body, with your left hand, reaching with your right hand your staff as high as you can, and then allow to that length a space to set both your hands, when you come to fight, wherein you may conveniently strike, thrust, and ward, & that is the just length to be made according to your stature."
    ~George Silver's Paradoxes of Defense (1599)
  2. George Silver is saying length of staff is determined by one's height.
  3. Waist height and shoulder height - best to use sword techniques
  4. Some Chinese styles consider eyebrow height as ideal
  5. Chinese and Germans used 8'-12' staves.


  1. Shoulder height or shorter, use the staff as a sword.
  2. Eyebrow height (~5') up to 12', use staff techniques.


  1. McLemore, Dwight C. "The Fighting Staff". Paladin Press, 2009.
  2. Lindholm, David. "Fighting with the Quarterstaff". Chivalry Bookshelf, 2006.

My drawings for Inktober 2018 (this will be updated daily to add links to each subsequent picture in the series):



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