I’m currently in my lovely hotel room in Prague. We’ve done so much sightseeing, gallery and museum visitibg and have eaten all the wonderful food. I’ll post a few of my favourite photos and sketches from our time here when I get home. I was hoping I’d stay in better habits with sketching every day since Inktober, but I guess when you don’t hold yourself accountable it doesn’t happen. I’ve worked on a few bigger pieces which is where this post comes in!
At the end of last month it was my friend’s birthday. She loves elephants and I wanted to make her something that seemed “her”ish (colourful, fun etc.) Below are some progress pictures of the piece.
I started with a watercolour wash after lightly penciling a design. Then I went over with some different coloured fine liners. These were Scribbles (I think?) just a cheap set from The Works but they did the job.
I’m not super happy with some of the background detail, but it was fun to try a new effect and my friend liked it, so that’s the most important thing. I was inspired by a few people’s inktober cross hatching – seeing other people’s style really does help you reflect on your own. I tried to be a bit more creative with my own style too.
Here’s the final piece. I enjoyed the coloured pen/watercolour combo. When I get more colours I’d like to do the same with copic markers too.
Thanks for sticking around even when I post less frequently. I’m looking forward to catching up on other people’s posts too.
Since I’ve (loosely) completed a nature themed inktober, I thought for “mask” we’d go with a green man vibe. It’d be fun to redo this with lots of detail including flowers, moths, and feathers. Maybe I’ll paint my own seasonal green man masks one day.
I’ve really enjoyed inktober and seeing everyone’s sketches. It’s motivated me to sketch and paint and helped me see where the time in the day is available for me to create. I’m gonna really try to keep the momentum and continue to produce more and more work.
When I hear juicy I think of fruit, so here’s an orange segment. It’s looking a little psychedelic which is fine by me. You’d think I’d be bored of these colours by now.
I’ve been working a lot with watercolours (outside of Inktober) this month, and then going over the top with pen. I like it as a style but I definitely end up cutting corners with the watercolour, like not adding the depth or vibrancy or texture that I know I could.
Considering how long I spent on this, it’s not the best entry.
I was trying to do a “fierce” puppy, but it’s much too dark. I wanted to still use colour today, but since I don’t have my lightest shade of purple (it ran out) I only had the midtone and the veeery dark. I also was very lazy when doing the initial sketch. I guess that happens after a 6 day working week. Oh well, it’s an entry anyway! Does anyone else find dogs much harder to sketch than other animals like cats?
I found time to get this done just before work. I’ve interpreted ‘shattered’ as ‘really really tired’. Can it also be used this way elsewhere?
I’m very sad to say my iridescent mauve copic marker is running out. Is that normal? I started using it for Inktober so it’s been 12 days. I guess I have used it a lot though. Unfortunately there are no shops nearby that do them so I might have to go on a mission this weekend.
Today was the first day I actually tried blending the copic markers. For a first go I’m fairly pleased, although it sure makes you notice the difference between blending paper and regular sketchbook paper.
Given that I’m doing a nature theme I, of course, chose a swordfish. I did it on the train to work and then the train to London, so it’s a little shaky. I probably should have waited to finish it when I stopped moving but I was impatient to get it up!