Inktober Day 3: Rotting

#inktober Day Three, "rotting". Some fungi in a rotting log. I love mushrooms, they are so cute, quite yummy, and help out of the forests life cycle. Mushroom pizza is my favorite pizza, what's yours? 

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Mushrooms were pretty fun to draw, I’ll probably try and incorporate them into more drawings., maybe with a portrait like I do with florals. I also tried to stylize this drawing more than my go to hyper to mostly realistic. I also learned I need to work on adding value more strategically with ink. I should have gone darker sooner and rendered the log out more.

I hope you’re still enjoying Inktober!

-Rebecca

 

Pigma Micron Ink pens
Black and white ink
Princeton brushes
And a Nikko G dip pen
on 4x5.5" 100 lb paper
Artwork is available for sale


Inktober Day 2: American Grotesque

America Grotesque. I was very loosely inspired by the prompt for this one. My thought process was a jumble of American Grotesque, to William Mortensen , to the definition of Grotesque, to creature and distorted, and then I though of Goya’s “el sueno de razon produce monstruos”, and here we are an an owl with some heavy Goya inspiration. 

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This one was another challenge to my skills. I work with watercolor often, so I wanted to try and use washes of ink, rather than going for markers. It worked out better than I thought, but it was a very different experience than working with watercolors. I also loved using a lighter tone of ink with a dip pen. Since I work with dip pens in calligraphy, that felt very comfortable. I may use my Nikko G to ink over Micros. It’s less portable, but I have more control. I’ve also never drawn an owl before, and don’t have much visual vocabulary for birds so it was fun to try and evoke a sense of fluffiness with the feathers. I hope you enjoy it!

Let me know if you like soft washes of tones to add value, or do you prefer hatching and texture to produce value?

-Rebecca

 


Pigma Micron Ink pens
Black and white ink
Princeton brushes
And a Nikko G dip pen
on 4x5.5" 100 lb paper
Artwork is available for sale

 

Inktober Day 1: Chained

#inktober Day One, "chained", Daisy chained that is. I originally had a much cooler concept, but I wasn't sure if I could execute it in ink on a 4 by 5.5 inch card. However, this reminded me why these types of prompts are so good for me as an artist. Since I can always refer back to those early concept sketches later and bring some of my other ideas to life in a medium I'm more comfortable with. I am going to make it a point to revisit my current sketchbook in a few months.

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A lot of Inktober prompts also seem to skew towards being creepy or haunted, probably since it’s during October. While my art tends to be more whimsical and lighthearted, so I am also challenging myself to think outside of the box to stay true to my art style and subject matter while still using either the #Drawnktober prompt list or the Official #inktober one.

 

Also realized I should have got some colored inks, any recommendations? Would you want to see colors incorporated?

-Rebecca