It’s funny how time moves, I feel simultaneously that no time has passed and that I should be on day 20 by now. Odd sensation that.. Regardless, day’s 4 through 8 of Inktober were interesting.
I managed to get some drawing in on Saturday the 5th, however Sunday and Monday were a bust due to circumstances beyond my control. I’m back on track now though! I’m quite surprised how much I like working with colored ink even on subjects that I’m not entirely comfortable with.
I realized I might not have mentioned what sketchbook I’m using. It’s the strathmore mixed media visual journal. It has 100% cotton paper and can take more abuse in the way of layers and different media types. I don’t suggest alcohol markers unless it’s on top of dried India ink though, it leaks right through.
Day 4 Gnarled Tree
I was actually really happy with how this one came out. It’s based off of a olive tree and initially I was going to color it realistically, however I didn’t have any green with me and I figured I would just do this faint blue as an undertone since olive tree leaves have a grey blue hue to them.. and well I got carried away. Next thing I know there’s purple and mushrooms. I used Faber Castell Pitt Pens for all of it.
Day 5 Knocking Sound
I’ve been trying to work on textures and depth with the ink work. It’s a bit illustrative which I like more than I thought I would. I was very much thinking about a leprechaun type fey living here. I used Faber Castell Pitt pens and colored Bombay India ink.
Day 6 Swirling Leaves
I was going to put a faint washy blue background, but I think it would take away from the leaves. This one actually took me longer than I thought it would, I think it was worth it though. I used colored Bombay India ink only on this one.
Day 7 lollipop
I love this one, the scorpion was fun to ink and surprisingly easy. I think it’s because I made a fairly detailed scorpion last year. I used a .005 Faber Castell Pitt pen and colored Bombay India ink.
Day 8 Flickering Candle
I decided to experiment on this one, I really liked doing the drips of wax on the candle and decided to do a sort of reverse drip on the back ground. I used lots of black Bombay India ink and some colored ones as well.
Well, what do you think? How’s Inktober going for you so far?