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07 October 2017

Inktober Week 1 done

Rather than post every day which I find too hard to manage I decided to just post the rest of the week as one. Hopefully they will look good all together, and see some progress.

Day 4 Underwater

Deep sea diver
Fineliner and Tombow markers

Sktchy Ref
Pental brush pen and ink wash

Day 5 Long
Freddy Mouse was checking his long list of favourite cheeses

Sktchy Ref, what a lovely bunch of long legs

Day 6 Sword

The Lady of the Lake retrieves Excalabur after Arthurs death.

Sktchy Ref
Pental brush pen and Tombow markers

Say 7 Shy
Shy Guy
Fineliner and ink washes

Sktchy Ref - cute little shy girl

03 October 2017

Inktober Day3

Here is the drawing I did for Sktchy for the divided topic. It seems we are always being separated and divided into little boxes not of our own making...


 Day 3 #inktober #inktober2017 Poison

Nothing like mixing up a little batch of poison. The final drop makes it complete...

Brush pen and Tombow markers

Sktchy ref
Biro and Tombow markers for shading

I hope she doesn't mind that I turned her into a witch. Just checking the potions and poisons book.

02 October 2017

Inktober 2017

It has been a long time since I posted but it Inktober and I'm back into drawing. Hopefully I'll last the month. This is my 3rd year doing Inktober so pretty happy about that.

I am attempting two drawings per day both following the Official Inktober prompts as posted by Jake Parker. The first will be my own interpretation and then I will also do one using a Sktchy reference. This should keep me busy.

Day 1 - Swift

Swift swallow done using Tombow markers

Sktchy reference, biro sketch with Tombow markers for shading and highlights. 

Day 2 - Divided

Piece of fruit divided, done from imagination using biro

I don't receive the Sktchy prompt until late afternoon so will post it tomorrow. 

29 March 2017

Stuff I've been doing this month.

The time has flown by and I have just not got around to posting. I am having too much fun going to the gym and drawing and painting. ;)

Sktchy has been my main source of inspiration as usual.

I thought I'd have a go at some animals. I have rarely drawn dogs but do the occasional elephant, cat or bird.

Some more practice at hands. Just because I love drawing them.

And some portraits. Mostly with ink, one with graphite. 

Someone posted a great selection of mouth images. I need lots of practice at them, especially with teeth. This was a lot of fun. I learnt not to leave teeth white but give them a bit of shading. 

11 March 2017

100 people in 5 days

Yes another challenge... I am a glutton for punishment. Marc Holmes and Liz Steele introduced a challenge of doing 100 people in one week. A big ask. To prepare for this I started watching Marc's Craftsy class on sketching people. I bought it a while ago and never got to it. I followed his technique of fast gesture sketching with pencil and then again over the top with fountain pen.

I did not complete all 100 but I did do 70 which I think is a pretty impressive effort. They are small and fast and some of them (or should I say many) are a mess but there are a few in there that I am really pleased with. The process was very freeing and I tackled groups of people that I would normally avoid.

Here are a few of the pages I completed. Most ref's are from Sktchy but I did also do a few from life.

And the last few

I know I am really late with posting this but you know how life gets now and then. In case any of you were wondering yes I did finish all 29. In face I did 31.
Thanks so much for the support I have received with this challenge. I really enjoyed it.

26 February 2017

Nearing the finish line

It is always exciting to near the end of a challenge especially when you have achieved your goal. I think I can see an improvement in my sketches over this month. I am certainly attempting harder portraits with more confidence.

Here are another couple of quick biro sketches. I have I mentioned I love working on prepainted pages? :) This makes it 28 faces so far. One more to go. Do I get it done today and finish or relax and take my time? Best to get it done. So stay tuned for the final of 29 faces...

24 February 2017

Week 3 of faces - still on target

I thought I was falling behind my goal but now I've counted them this makes 25. I am well on target.
As usual all references are from Sktchy done using a variety of mediums.

A few watercolour sketches...

Some biro sketches on prepainted pages. I love doing these...

Some others in graphite, marker and water...