Inktober 29 – 30

Day 29 – shoes
Day 30 – Ominous

Inktober Day 15 – 18

Day 15 – outpost
Day 16 – rocket
Day 17 – storm
Day 18 – trap

Inktober Days 10-14

Day 10 – hope
Day 11 & 12 – disgusting and slippery
Day 13 – dune
Day 14 – armor

Inktober Days 4-6

Day 4 – Radio
Day 5 – Blade
Day 6 – Rodent

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Day 46: Flora

The weather has been so beautiful this past week that I took to drawing the little treasures popping up everywhere. This line drawing was done using Micron black pen on Canson watercolor paper. I will be adding watercolor this coming week, and then this postcard will be up in my Etsy shop!

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Day 21: No limits

Exploring a bit today. #nolimits #the100daychallenge

Day 12 – Poppy

Love this drawing. Might just have to make this a tattoo. #the100dayproject

Cup of Joe

A little ink work in the new sketchbook. I’m trying to take the suggestion from an article I read in a recent issue of Artist’s Magazine. Without looking up the quote, the artist interviewed essentially said to stop looking for inspiration in other people’s artwork, but instead create your own. How many wasted minutes have we scrolled through Pinterest looking for inspiration, only to lose sight of the real goal of seeking inspiration?  She feels that when we go searching like this, we are really seeking for artwork to copy, rather than create something original.  She also said to use a variety of materials and experiment with them; stop placing so much pressure on yourself to create a perfect piece every time… Or at all. What better advice? Don’t we place too much pressure to make everything perfect, especially the first go around, because we are all so short on time. 

In this sketch I drew my morning coffee cup, and I didn’t care that you could see all the lines I used to get the curves accurate. I also used several ink options, and made notes to the left to remember which pens I used. I placed a little anecdote in the corner about my dsncing boys, who were engrossed in their Lego playing, which allowed me time to focus on my art (I didn’t even mind the few interruptions from the boys asking me to pry those tiny Lego pieces from their counterparts). Ahhh another peaceful Monday morning. Let there be many more this year!

P.S. I would like to fill the rest of the “white space” in, and may do so later in the day. 

 

Breaking in the new sketchbook

New year means a new sketchbook, right? Not that I need an excuse. Spent a little while today sketching what I saw outside my window using a Micron 08 black pen. The Micron seems to be my go to for ink. I haven’t found anything comparable in my price range. The sketchbook is a $5 steal from Five Below. It is about 9×12 with a black hard cover, spiral bound on top, and the paper is a medium weight and smooth, which works for my method of sketching in ink. My goal for 2017 is to sketch everyday, no matter how small the sketch is. Even a doodle will suffice. I would like to fill this book over the next 365 days. What is your art resolution for 2017?