Archive | November, 2020

Drawvember 2020 days 11-15

15 Nov

Day 11: “Buccaneer”

Pencil work for this fierce lady pirate aiming a pistol and holding a sword.

Day 12: “Altitude”

According to my research, these men were interviewing to work as painters on the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, by walking on its own cable. I used a black ink fine liner and light grey ink Brush Writer by Kuretake. I didn’t use a ruler.

Day 13: “Shipwreck”

This theme was much harder than I anticipated. I didn’t know what I wanted to draw and had very little inspiration. Eventually I settled for something graphic and evocative of a shipwreck: a Kraken tentacle holding the mast and pirate flag of a ship. I used black ink.

Day 14: “Zebra”

I painted the background using acrylic graphite ink and then used a fine brush and white calligraphy ink to paint the white parts of the zebra.

Day 15: “Drums”

Former colleague Mauro once made me listen and watch something called Kodo, the Japanese drums. I loved it. I used a black ink fine liner, black ink Brushpen by Pentel and Light Grey Brush Writer by Kuretake.

Drawvember 2020 days 6-10

10 Nov

Day 6: “Prey”

A lioness caught a zebra. Sketchliner Extra Fine 01 by Montana and black ink Pentel Brushpen. Other than its ear, the zebra has no outline.

Day 7: “Pyramid”

What made me think it was a good idea to get my Faber-Castell Polychromos? Probably the realisation that I was using ink too much. I think I’m going to stick with ink! I also used Sketchbox watercolor pencils for the sky, because they came in pretty shades of pinks, orange and purples. This took me way longer than anything else I have done recently and the result isn’t commensurate.

Day 8: “Crane”

Well, back to ink \o/ Cranes are a familiar subject. Oddly I wasn’t too sure how to draw it —what position, which background if any, how many of them? I opted for a portion of one. I used my light grey and geranium red Brush Writers from Kuretake, and my black ink Brushpen by Pentel.

Day 9: “Diving”

White bird diving from a cliff toward the ocean. I wanted to learn how to draw rocks. I need to learn how to because this wasn’t it. I used my black Sketchliner Extra Fine 01 by Montana and Light Grey Brush Writer by Kuretake.

Day 10: “Pounce”

Cat ready to pounce, pupils dilated to the maximum. I used a black Sketchliner Extra Fine 01 by Montana and Light Grey Brush Writer by Kuretake, and the black ink Brushpen by Pentel to reinforce dark areas.

Drawvember 2020 days 1-5

5 Nov

This year for Drawvember, I compiled my own list of prompts, to ensure that I wasn’t going to use “not inspired” as an excuse for skipping days. Drawing actually brings me joy and satisfaction, and as it’s in rather short supply at this time of year for me, I have much at stake.

I picked words that appealed to me, rather randomly, without any clear idea how I was going to develop each prompt. So far, I’m having fun.

Day 1: “Dragon”

This is Toothless from the movies “How to train your dragon”, which is a family favourite. This served as a rehearsal of sort for my kid’s 13th birthday card which I will draw in a few weeks: he has requested a Toothless themed card. I used my indigo ink Cambio Tambien brush pen from Kuretake. One limitation is that so much ink flows from that pen that the rather small format of my sketchbook does not allow for optimal spread of the ink, including more nuances, and I regret that I didn’t draw it bigger on the page because I could have gotten thinner lines.

Day 2: “Robot”

Meh. I botched the head, the face, the hatching. Only the idea is good: a robot in the pose of The Thinker by Auguste Rodin. And something else that I developed further a couple days after: smudging the grey ink from my Brush Writer to achieve an interesting effect in the contoured background.

Day 3: “Fur”

This is my cat Jack, and I used a photo of her as reference. She has the fluffiest of tails! I used pencils only, a medium I very seldom use, so I was very tempted after a while to erase everything and pick up an ink pen. Also, it was the first time I attempted to draw fur. The trick is to manage the shadows and contrast that bring out the light on the hair. I can only improve :)

Day 4: “Cherub”

My favourite so far! I used the technique I discovered drawing the background of the robot Thinker: smudging. I used a grey felt tip pen and smudged small strokes until achieving the desired shading effect. I used the same technique for the background with the light grey Brush Writer by Kuretake.

Day 5: “Carnival”

I have been to Venice, Italy, but never during the Carnival. I am fascinated by the costumes and masks. Here are a couple of rather evil-looking women wearing white masks and red head scarves over dark gowns, with the canal in the background, a moored gondola and the Duomo. I used my Geranium Red Brush Writer by Kuretake, a grey felt tip pen, black ink 0.05 mm Graphik line maker from Derwent and Light Grey Brush Writer by Kuretake.


Video: time lapse of Inktober 2020

1 Nov

#inktober2020 is over and I really enjoyed it!

The tools I used are in the frame: Kuretake Brush Writer (grey), water brush pen, Pentel Brushpen (black), frixion slim (red), mechanical pencil, white Posca 0.7 mm, black 0.05 mm Graphik line maker from Derwent.

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