I decided to take the leap and try painting with ink on a piece I did for yesterday’s prompt. Here is the original:
I watered down some grey paint a lot, so that it would approximate ink, and inked in the water and the pipe. I have to say, it adds some character to the piece and some depth, so that it is no longer just a flat drawing.
Each day I learn more and try more. Enjoy!
I will admit: water intimidates the heck out of me. A lot. There is a lot of fluid lighting and shadow, in ways that aren’t clear or solid.
All day, I’ve had no idea how to deal with this prompt. I tried drawing someone cave diving, but I am not too satisfied with how some of it came out.
Hope you enjoy all the submissions that people are posting for Inktober!
Here is today’s submission:
Today, I was exhausted. I got home from work tired, and steadily lost energy as the night went on. I originally did not think that I was going to draw anything today, which honestly bummed me out a bit at the same time that I knew that things sometimes happen.
Eventually, though, I remembered that the point of Inktober is to practice daily drawing and to challenge yourself, so I decided to draw anyways. Additionally, I decided to throw caution to the wind and go straight to the brush pen after the initial pencil sketch.
Here is what I gleaned from today’s work:
I definitely feel like today’s submission was a step forward in the right direction. I am having a great time with this, and will continue on! I look forward to what everyone else submits, as well.
Feel free to comment below!
Here is today’s submission, for those that may have missed it:
On the whole, I am still having a lot of fun, I am learning a lot every day, and I am enjoying the challenges. Additionally, because of the daily drawing, I feel like I am starting to get faster, spending less time nervously staring at an empty page before sketching or inking.
Hope you enjoy the rest of day 2! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s prompt!
As I predicted last night, there are certainly many things I don’t know about inking and drawing. However, I am having a blast! My hands are ink-stained, like from grading papers, only this was a lot more fun!
Things I am learning:
Anywho, enough about that. Today’s prompt was “swift,” and I drew someone leaping off a bridge into a lake, something which I am all too aware is thrilling and a swift fall, but well worth it. Well, I drew the moment after the person hits the water, technically.
I hope you enjoy! Stay tuned for more about Inktober.
I found out about Inktober about a week ago. It is a challenge in October to ink something every day and to share it with people. There is even a list of prompts, which can be found here at the founder’s website.
I haven’t drawn or inked anything serious in my life; the closest I have come is the sketches and doodles in pen on my notes during meetings. Photography has been my chosen medium for a long while. However, I couldn’t resist the chance to stretch myself artistic, try something new, and probbly fail spectacularly–but learning and having fun all the way.
I have no idea how often I will complete the challenges and post them, but the journey will be worthwhile. Of that, I have no doubt.
In anticipation, I needed to get some art supplies, which are a 9 x 12 Stillman & Birn Beta Series sketchbook, and a pack of Copic Multiliners (.3, .1, .05, and .03 mm).
To try out the the pens and get into the spirit of Inktober, as well as break in my new sketchbook, I decided to draw, even if the start is technically tomorrow. Call it a warm-up, haha.
The whole process from sketching in pencil, lining, erasing the pencil, and inking took around 3 hours, during which I had to remind myself to move around a bit. Here are the photos of the process, as outlined above:
I hope you enjoy Inktober, and I look forward to seeing all the amazing drawings!
I regularly arrive at work before the dawn. I find it more productive to be there early to make copies, answer emails, etc. rather than trying to accomplish those things after a full day’s work.
As much as possible, I try and step outside and enjoy the stillness and the quiet for a few minutes and to admire the dawn, with its multihued rays. This morning, there was some distant lightning on the way to work, and as I stepped outside for a moment, I had to take a picture of the morning.
I think you’ll understand why.
A moment of contemplation and nature in the morning does wonders for the mind, body, and soul.
On my home to and from work lately, I noticed that some of the trees in my apartment complex leaked sap for some reason. It is as if it happened over night with no build up or progression.
It just appeared one morning, and while the cause is unknown, it has been unchanged since I first noticed it.
One thing that I find fascinating is the way that the drops of sap capture and reflect the light of the world around them. Photography has sharpened my ability to see the world in new ways, and to find beauty and wonder in the otherwise mundane and ignored.
Here they are, enjoy!
I took a picture of this June Bug (or Beetle, depending on what you may have learned its colloquial name as) where it was perched right outside my door at work.
Many of my students jerked back in disgust and fear (Ahh! A big bug! Kill it!) as they walked past it into class; I insisted on taking a picture to capture the iridiscent beauty of this beetle. They did not care that it was harmless–many said they would smash it if given half a chance.
I did not give them one.
While I was at work today, I was fortunate enough to take be able to take some pictures of the solar eclipse as it passed overhead.
Where I am located, it was only a partial eclipse. However, it was still amazing to witness and to take pictures of; knowing how rare they are, I had to take every advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
These were freehand shot through wielder’s glass that one of my colleagues provided (hence the green tint to the eclipse), using a Nikon D610 with a 50mm 1.8 lens.