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Ink, 8″ x 10″

Here is my last Inktober drawing.  The source image I worked from has the skulls up close on the right but nothing in the background.  To give some context to the skulls I made the background a wall of bones, working from ossuary pictures on the internet.  Ossuaries are weird.  Definition: a container or room into which bones of dead people are placed.  Freaky stuff.

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Wall of Inktober Drawings

I ran out of steam with the Inktober drawings last week and ended up 4 short of my goal.  But looking at this wall I’m happy with the work.  I pushed myself to try some new things, worked larger and brought it out of the sketchbooks.  I like seeing them all together like this.

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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 10″

This Inktober drawing was inspired by a costume designer on Sktchy.  So strange and freaky, and so fun to do.

That’s all the Inktobers for this week, as I take the weekends off.  Next week I have 5 planned that will all include red ink as well as black.  I’m looking forward to it.

Parallel pens, Platinum Carbon ink, Strathmore Bristol-smooth.

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Ink, 8″ x 10″

I almost forgot to post my drawing!  I was laying in bed and couldn’t sleep and realized it.  This is another Sktchy inspired portrait.  The photo is so strange- I’ve been fascinated by it for a while.  The mask was fun to draw.  I used my thumb to tap the ink and make texture, or smudge to make a dark gradient.  The dress was another story.  Suggesting white lace is a real challenge with black ink.

 

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Ink, 8″ x 10″

“No more candy for you, little skeleton.”

Hard to tell if this little one is throwing a fit or showing what a scary skeleton they can be.  It was fun to draw and made me laugh a couple times in process.  Challenging also trying to balance some spooky Inktober action with the cute kid factor.

Parallel pens with waterproof ink and Pentel Color Brush with grey ink on Strathmore Bristol-Smooth.

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A Weeping Devil for Inktober, day 3.  It has some things going for it but a bunch of details that are bothering me as well.  But it’s Inktober, it’s late, I’m posting it.  Day 3 done!

Take a breath, learn from the mistakes, and move on.

Pilot parallel pens, Pentel color brushes, Speedball super black on Strathmore Bristol-Smooth

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Ink, 8″ x 10″

A woman in a crow mask for Inktober, day 2.  I spent a couple of hours on another drawing that just wasn’t working out the way I wanted.  This one felt rushed because of it, especially the torso.  That’s ok- I’m mostly pleased with it.  Besides, I had to have something done for day 2!  It’s too early to fall behind.  The failed drawing still interests me so I’ll revisit it in a couple of days or maybe next week.

Materials: Pilot Parallel Pen with waterproof ink, Pentel Pocket Brush, Pentel Color brushes in grey and black, Speedball Super Black for the spatter.  All on Strathmore Bristol- smooth.  That is a lot of “P’s” in those pens!  Now that I think of it my other 2 favorite tools are P’s also: PITT artist pens and  Platinum Preppy fountain pens.

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