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Drawvember 2020 days 16-20

20 Nov

Day 16: “Cougar”

My favourite so far! I was really pleased with the pencil sketch and found myself in a double-bind: it was perfect to me and therefore was finished, but, I wanted to add texture using grey scales, or colour but was afraid to mess it up entirely. I am glad I returned to it, because the final result turned out way better than I anticipated! Grey scales were only appealing at first because this is my comfort zone. After doing only black and grey ink in October, it was like a force of habit I wanted to break. Colours, it was going to be. I love watercolours but I really like gouache too and am more comfortable with it, so that’s what I opted for. I used only four of the five tubes of Holbein Artists’s gouache I received in a Sketchbox: yellow ochre, burnt sienna, leaf green and Prussian blue (the fifth one is ivory black, which I chose not to use, using blue instead, given that blue is ideal when there is snow.)

Day 17: “Boat”

A stylised oversized cruise ship sailing at night. I used gouache again, honouring my desire to experiment out of the black and grey ink brush pens that I love so much. I used the tubes of Holbein Artists’s gouache I received in a Sketchbox: Prussian blue, burnt sienna, and ivory black. I used some titanium white watercolor from a tube to get the shades of blue and the grey. I wasn’t happy with the blue background. This has to do with the paper of my artbook which isn’t does not play well when too wet (96g/m2, 65 lb per sq. m.)

Day 18: “Planet”

This is an ink brush pens drawing of a man mounting an oversized pelican flying over a forest in a canyon, under a giant Jupiter. This is inspired from work by Moebius. I used some of the November 2020 Sketchbox materials that I received just today: sepia ink Brush Writer from Kuretake, blue and green Twin Brushes from Monami. I also used a light grey ink and geranium red ink Brush Writer from Kuretake (the latter I found way too dark), and a pale rose water colour marker from Winsor and Newton.

Day 19: “Sullen”

This is “Woman Sitting on Edge of Veranda”, a work of Kitagawa Utamaro from 1798. I used a black ink 0.05 mm line maker from Derwent and a light grey Brush Writer by Kuretake. Interestingly, I drew it before, four years ago and I looked up that page in my artbook at the time: wow, unbelievable how much I have progressed since then! Everything is so much better in this version: proportions, line work, hues.

Day 20: “Jellyfish”

I went into Drawvember thinking I should experiment with new techniques or medium I don’t use often. Today’s prompt lended itself well to that. There is a shiny quality to jellyfish that I wanted to try to render using metallic paint. Because the only such paint I have is blue I also used black sumi ink in a rectangle background so that it would bring out the blue. It does achieve that, although I am not enamoured with the result. Perhaps had I used a bit of white paint for highlights and a bit of non metallic blue to bring out the shine I might have liked it more. But I could only spare that much time for it.

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.

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