Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Post InkTober Pen and Ink Sketches



I try to keep busy on my lunch hour at work and by busy I mean I don't let the hour go by without sketching something. Usually I use some sort of reference that either I photographed myself or got from the internet. If I don't have anything that I think is interesting then of course I rely on my imagination.

The thing is that I make the hour a sacred time in which drawing is like meditation. A quick bite to eat only subtracts about 10 minutes from the hour and I may go a little bit past the hour (what my boss doesn't know won't hurt him).























Monday, December 5, 2016

Adding A Bit Of Digital Color To Some InkTober Drawings




I took a few of the drawings I did for InkTober 2016 and added color using Sketchbook Pro and Photoshop.

It was just a fun way to kill a lazy Sunday

























Thursday, December 1, 2016

Some Pen, Brush and Ink Sketches


3 things I am shooting for in these drawings from my sketchbook.

1) Trying to make a better drawing

2) Trying to get comfortable with the tools- a Pentel Pocket Brush and some Micron Pens

3) Trying to come up with different ways of making marks, not looking for a style, just doing something different so that I can have as many ways of approaching an ink drawing

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sketches From My Lunch Hour Brake


Taking advantage of every spare moment I close the door to my office, have a quick bite and then I pull out my sketchbook.

Using my imagination or some photo reference or both, I spend the rest of the hour making these sketches. Best part of my work day.

Keeping it simple I use a mechanical pencil and a Pentel Pocket Brush and a 01 Micron pen.

























Sunday, October 16, 2016

Reworked and Unposted InkTober Drawings













So far InkTober has been both fun and a bit frustrating. The thing that makes it frustrating is that I am not always comfortable with posting the drawings because I am trying really hard to come up with something interesting while deciding how to approach the drawing stylistically. Do I use a brush, pen? What kind of pen? Do I use dry brush, hatching, cross hatching? How complicated or simple do I want to make this drawing?






Once the drawing is uploaded on social media there is no
taking it back so I try to do the best I could with it. Sometimes I wind up doing more than one drawing on a day though for the most part I only post one. Then there are drawings that I rework as well as drawings that I never post.

Posted here are some of these drawings that were reworked or not posted.












Friday, September 30, 2016

Books On Pen and Ink Drawing





I have been buying art books since High School. My wife complains every time I purchase a new book because there is no more room.

With Inktober a day away I thought I might start to share some of my books I have on pen and ink drawings.

I believe any list about pen and ink artist should start with these three (the first two anyway).

Pen Drawing and Pen Draughtsmen by Joseph Pennell. I bought this book when I was in college. It is a great survey of pen and ink artist in Europe and America and is easily the best book I ever purchased on ink work. The writer can come across as very opinionated although he is also a master of the medium. However whether one agrees with him or not it doesn't take away from the beautiful illustrations in the book.






Ink Drawing Techniques by Henry C Pitz ( a well known illustrator who worked in pen and ink) was given to me by my sister when I was in high school. I loved this book which also had great examples of ink works by many different artists as well as being very instructive in the tools and techniques of the medium.












Treasury of American Pen & Ink Illustration 1881-1938 by Fridolf Johnson. This last book may not be as impressive as the first two but this very inexpensive book has a nice sampling of pen and ink work by many early American illustrators. It also has a very interesting introduction with a brief history on pen work for reproduction.






I think that the only one of these books that is out of print is the one by Henry C Pitz but all three can be easily found on Amazon. I have included a link for each of these books bellow.




Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Warming Up For InkTober










With InkTober three days away I start to sketch in pen and ink on my lunch hour. I do this to warm up and get used to the tools. The main tools I plan to use will be Micron pens, Steel pen nibs and sable brushes.



Through out the time I will be working in Pen and ink I will take the time to look through the work of different pen and ink artist that I admire.
That will make the month of October inspirational and fun because there is a long list of pen and ink artist that I like and can learn a great deal from if I spend this time studying their work as I draw.


While I was working on these drawings I was looking at the works of David Levine, Sergio Toppi, Moebius, and Charles Dana Gibson.