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Ink, 8″ x 10″

This was yesterday’s Inktober drawing.  I didn’t finish in time but I gave myself a pass because it was my birthday.

Rick, the subject of this drawing, is probably the most drawn person on Sktchy.  This is number 1,830!  Rick just has a super interesting face, makes great expressions, and enjoys dressing in various costumes for inspiration photos.  Here he is made up to resemble Kratos from the God of War video game.

I’m having fun with the red ink this week.

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Ink, 8″ x 10″

This Inktober drawing is a vampiress from Sktchy.   My Inktober drawings this week will have red ink in addition to the black and grey.  This is the first of five.  Things started melting a bit in the mouth because the grey and red are water soluble.  I had to just let it be instead of trying to correct.  It works for me, though.

Oh!  This is exciting.  There is a shop in Houston that sells art, crafts, jewelry, housewares, etc. by local artists and they announced an Inktober exhibition and party at the end of the month and I am one of the selected artists!  Last year I did all my Inktober drawings in sketchbooks.  This year I chose to do them all on separate papers with the hope that some of them could have a life outside of books on a shelf.  A good choice, I think.  It’s pretty cool to see them all together on the wall.

Platinum Carbon Ink in parallel pens, Grey and Red in Pentel Color Brush pens.  Strathmore Bristol-smooth.

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Ink, 8″ x 6″

This was my drawing for Inktober Day 26: Squeak.  My inspiration was the R.O.U.S.es in the Princess Bride.

“Rodents Of Unusual Size?  I don’t think they exist.”

I have mixed feelings about my Inktober efforts.  On one hand I am disappointed that I didn’t get all of the days done.  On the other hand I don’t think I’ve ever done 20 blog posts in one month (possibly even 2!) and some of the drawings I’m really pleased with.  I have preliminary pencil sketches done for a few of the days that I missed.  Two of them I particularly like and am thinking of completing, even though Inktober is over.  Then I will call it done.

So… November.  I have missed woodcut printmaking and have two prints I want to complete this month.   More drawings, more Urban Sketching.  That’s the plan.

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Ink, 6″ x 4″

I fell behind a day with the WordPress posts, but I kept up with the drawings and Instagram.  The prompt for Inktober day 7 was “shy”.  Yes, I had to go Kajagoogoo with it!  I messed around with a dip pen and ink spatter this time, just to switch things up a bit.  I used some masking fluid for the lettering before getting messy with the spatter.  The masking fluid and wetter inks don’t play nice with the paper in this book.  It shreds the surface if I’m not super careful.  I’ll have to switch papers if I do more with dip pens or washes or masking.  No biggie.

Is the song stuck in your head now?  You’re welcome.

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