Thursday, October 29, 2015

InkTober Coming To A Close








InkTober is almost over. Its been fun although a bit of a struggle to keep up with. There have been some drawings that I never posted because I wasn't entirely happy with them, like the two drawings on the left,




What I liked most is being able to do these drawings while trying out different techniques and still thinking there is more stuff I would like to try.








Doing the ink drawings was fun but it's been a while since I did any kind of painting. I did this quick watercolor sketch on one sleepless night.
I wonder if I should make the following month a time where I concentrated on watercolor painting.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Some More #InkTober Drawings










I have been enjoying taking the time this month to do an ink drawing a day and post it on social media for InkTober. The frustrating thing is that I am always pressed for time.

There were times when I scraped the drawing I started and began working on another one. They weren't terrible, just maybe uninteresting. Or maybe they weren't that great.

I think that after the month is over I may have a second look at the batch of drawings and do some over.

The two drawings on the left are ones that I never posted.















Saturday, October 10, 2015

From Sketch To Final Illustration










The illustration on the top left started out as a thumbnail sketch done in Sketchbook Pro which I used for a pen and ink drawing for InkTober,

Because I had originally intended for it to be a colored piece I scanned the drawing and colored it in Sketchbook Pro.

This is the thumbnail sketch done in Sketchbook Pro.
 
Sketchbook Pro is a great program to use to sketch out ideas and of course to complete the illustration. I could have done the whole thing digitally but part of the fun of InkTober ( the month of October is used to make an ink drawing a day and post it on social media with the hashtag #InkTober- the brain child of Jake Parker) is to make these drawings with a brush, pen and ink.

There were four big artistic influences for this illustration. William Stout, James Gurney, Ricardo Delgado and Hokusai.


The Ink drawing.


Monday, October 5, 2015

InkTober 2015




All though InkTober has been going on for sometime this is the first year I've heard of it. Thanks to posts on social media by artist friends eagerly anticipating the start of the month of October I was able to learn about it.

Started in 2009 by artist Jake Parker InkTober is a month long commitment to draw in pen and ink everyday and post the drawings online via blog or social media with the hashtag #InkTober. It is an event in which artist from all over the world participate in.

I am having a great deal of fun making these drawings and keeping with the schedule of posting them everyday on my Facebook page.

Pen and ink was a favorite medium as a kid. At first I was trying to imitate the drawings I saw in comics, especially the drawings of John Buscema inked by Alfredo Alcala in Savage Sword of Conan for Marvel Comics. Other artist influences followed like Bernie Wrightson and several of the artist from the Warren Magazines. Then I discovered the pen and ink artist of the past like Franklin Booth, Charles Dana Gibson, Joseph Clement Coll,etc.

Although I don't use the medium as often as I used to It is still one that I love to this day.