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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 2019 Days 21-25

25 Nov

In this five-day series, I explored using negative space for the second time. During Inktober this year I used this technique to depict snow and had never been familiar with it.

Sunglasses

Black ink Pentel Brushpen and leaf green Holbein Artists’ gouache.

Misty lake

Grey ink brush pen from Kuretake, black ink Pentel Brushpen and water brushpen to blend and create the mist effect.

Nous Toutes

Nous Toutes, after artist Malika Favre. Burnt sienna Holbein Artists’ gouache depicting the silhouette of a woman’s profile with her head down, the back of which is the silhouette of a shouting man’s profile.

Singer

Tim Burgess. Lots of black ink! I used a black 0.05 mm Graphik line maker from Derwent and a black ink Pentel Brushpen.

Koi

Grey ink brush pen from Kuretake, that I layered in place for shadowing, and a touch of burnt sienna Holbein Artists’ gouache for the stains on the fish.

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