Inktober 2020 days 26-31

31 Oct

Day 26: “Hide”

Having drawn Gizmo the day before, it was only fair to draw Jedi :) She hides in the new old basket that I got from my friend Nico’s mum. I used a 0.05 mm black Graphik line maker from Derwent (the same that is almost out of ink), a black ink Brushpen by Pentel, light grey ink Brush Writer by Kuretake, and white acrylic 0.7 mm Posca pen for the whiskers.

Day 27: “Music”

An abstract-ish theme with ample choices to draw from. Perhaps too ample! I spent a lot of time researching the best subject for me since none was obvious. This is a sitar. I drew an Indian woman holding it, using a 0.05 mm black Graphik line maker from Derwent and a light grey ink Brush Writer from Kuretake. I found it crooked and too small, so I added a reflection underneath.

Day 28: “Float”

Ah, another favourite in the whole series! This is after a drawing by Moebius. There were so many options in the world of Moebius for “float”, including a hovering gondola, or a gliding glass capsule with Stel and Atan in it, etc. The original is in colour and the woman floats in lilac water. She has a longer nose and her head is tilted slightly more upwards in the original. But I am not after “identical”, I am after “proportionate”. I loved doing this one. I posted it to Instagram and Twitter, like the others, and the response in the former was overwhelming, with over 300 likes, while the latter garnered only a couple —the mysteries of algorithms! I only used a 0.05 mm black Graphik line maker from Derwent.

Day 29: “Shoes”

Midway into the month I had saved a photograph of a woman trail running and her gorgeous running shoes, taken from close to the ground. But on the day “shoes” came up, I had lost interest. Or I grew more ambitious with my drawings, or it just wasn’t the sort of things I wanted to draw. In any case, I put my love of running shoes on the side and looked for tango shoes and the legs of the dancers. I used a 0.05 mm black Graphik line maker from Derwent, a black ink Brushpen by Pentel, and my light grey ink Brush Writer by Kuretake.

Day 30: “Ominous”

I suppose I was still under the influence of the “float” prompt! My options ranged from drawing ominous clouds, to ominous things. And having tried clouds without much satisfaction on the kind of paper my artbook is made of, I recalled a movie, “Arrival” that featured ominous alien objects hovering in various places of the world, that looked like giant eggs or thick immense petals depending on the angle. I used a 0.05 mm black Graphik line maker from Derwent, a black ink Brushpen by Pentel, the light grey ink Brush Writer by Kuretake, and a water brush pen in places.

Day 31: “Crawl”

Leopard crawling up a tree. I had saved a few reference photographs of big cats in various stages of crouching and climbing several years ago, but had thought it was too difficult, because of the spots in particular, or the stripes, or the mane. But today’s prompt reminded me of those, and I thought I should at least try. Oddly, today I felt confident enough to draw directly with the Pentel black ink Brushpen, and it went all right! I then used the light grey ink Brush Writer from Kuretake for shadows.


That concludes Inktober 2020! I am thankful to Virginie G. for nudging me and a friend of hers, the day before October first: that coaxed me into action. I had almost decided I was not going to, but I was immediately glad she made me change my mind :)

And now that November is upon us, I am hanging on to my drawing tools for… Drawvember!

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