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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.

Inktober 2020 days 6-10

12 Oct

Day 6: “Rodent”

No mice or rats, and not even gerbils could rival with the itch to interpret a Moebius piece! And since the prompt that day was not giant lizard, I drew a giant squirrel mounted by a desert traveler, using a 0.05 mm black Graphik line maker from Derwent.

Day 7: “Fancy”

Ah, the first prompt that was abstract. I don’t mind them too much but they are a bit of a challenge, giving me a “deer in headlights” feeling. So I looked in my library of saved images and searched something striking my fancy, ha ha. Audrey Hepburn in a fancy dress! I noticed that I drew her head too wide, or her body too small, but couldn’t correct it. Oh well. I used a 0.05 mm black Graphik line maker from Derwent and a black Brushpen by Pentel.

Day 8: “Teeth”

I initially wanted to draw a laughing horse. Or the smiling shark of “Finding Nemo”. I settled for a roaring gorilla that I did in a few minutes, because I could block only little time, and used once again a 0.05 mm black Graphik line maker from Derwent.

Day 9: “Throw”

I found a beautiful reference photo of judokas and quickly drew it, straight with ink like the others in the series, and botched the left arm of the judoka being thrown, as a result! I used again a 0.05 mm black Graphik line maker from Derwent, and filled the large black areas with the black Pentel Brushpen.

Day 10: “Hope”

Second abstract prompt! But this time there were several themes I considered: a message in a floating bottle, a plant growing out of dry caked desert soil, people of different races holding hands (although I had no idea how I was going to draw this). Finally I chose to draw dandelion seeds flying away as birds. It was more meaningful to me than the other themes, because a friend of mine once told me this was the tattoo her sister had gotten around the time her eldest daughter left home. Children are our hope.

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