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Inktober 2020 Days 16-20

20 Oct

Day 16: “Rocket

A Russian 70s poster inspired piece showing a soaring space rocket, done with a grey ink brush pen from Kuretake and black ink Pentel Brushpen.

Day 17: “Storm

I hesitated between drawing a tornado, lightning, a man running from a giant rushing wave, but I really wanted to draw a sailing ship rocked by waves. I used again a light grey ink brush pen from Kuretake and black ink Pentel Brushpen.

Day 18: “Trap”

I knew I would not draw a mouse trap, nor a hunter trap. I had in mind a scene from a western movie showing a canyon and men posted behind boulders as others were approaching, but it was going to be too detailed and probably ugly, and it would have resulted in spending too much time for too little satisfaction. I opted for a cowboy in ambush, wearing a face mask, aiming his rifle and hiding behind rocks. I used black 0.05 mm Graphik line maker from Derwent. There’s still enough ink in it, it turns out.

Day 19: “Dizzy”

My favourite ❤️ in the five-day series! Perhaps even my favourite among all of the drawings in the 2020 series thus far. This prompt was featured in last year’s Inktober. I had enjoyed drawing a man progressing on wooden boards along a vertical cliff while holding a metallic chain railing and looking down. I had resisted drawing the trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie, but this time I couldn’t! I chose a very dark photo so I could leave only a few blank spots on the paper for the highlights and plaster the rest with my black ink Pentel Brushpen, which incidentally ran out of ink right near the end!

Day 20: “Coral”

The prompt that has inspired me the least so far. Unsurprisingly, my drawing didn’t turn out to be very interesting, nor was it very interesting to execute: clownfish and coral, shades of grey. I used the Kuretake grey ink brush pen and a black India ink brush marker from Higgins that arrived in the October Sketchbox.

Inktober 2020 days 11-15

16 Oct

Day 11: “Disgusting”

Third abstract prompt. I resented it a little bit: the entire year has been disgusting –Give us a break! I chose to reproduce part of a Moebius character and arrange a bit the tentacles. Done with a black 0.05mm Graphik line maker from Derwent.

Day 12: “Slippery”

I wanted to avoid at all cost drawing the common “slippery when wet” sign that is found in public restrooms, and the banana peels, but really liked how some of the artists I follow have executed their version of those. I went for a group of penguins sliding. I love penguins, they’re real super cute. And cute was the right kind of break after “disgusting”. Done with my black 0.05mm Graphik line maker from Derwent, which has just started to show signs of wear.

Day 13: “Dune”

I loved doing this one! Major Fatal, one of Moebius’ iconic characters, once more, albeit a chunky version (that I didn’t intend, but since I draw directly with ink, such things happen), standing in the desert in front of a gigantic translucent levitating gem, and observing the wormlike figure with a beanie on her head within. I drew a dune in the background. I noticed a day or two after that I got the shadows exactly wrong. Done with my black 0.05mm Graphik line maker from Derwent.

Day 14: “Armor”

I loved loved loved doing this one! I initially wanted to draw an armadillo. But they were cuter in my mental representation. So I immediately went to my other favourite theme: Japanese, and drew a samourai in armor, using the black 0.05mm Graphik line maker from Derwent, and wearing it out further. I spent 45 minutes drawing contours, refining them, adding layers of black.

Day 15: “Outpost”

I wasn’t very much inspired by the prompt until I remembered from my visit to the Great Wall of China in 2016 that it features outposts at almost every section! I tried a minimal approach, leaving out the surrounding mountains, much of the vegetation and even the structural details, and like how it came out. Done with my black 0.05mm Graphik line maker from Derwent.

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