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Weasel in Pen & Ink

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Hello Friends!

The other day I saw a different list for drawings in October. And I decided I wanted to give it a try. The list is called Autumn Woods 2021. It is a list of 31 animals you might see in the woods this time of year. What is great is that we are encouraged to create them in whatever medium we want. So I don’t plan to use only ink for mine.

This is the first weasel I have ever drawn. It was a challenge to get its body proportions to look right. And I even used a larger sketch pad! I thought drawing it bigger would be easier, but it wasn’t. That’s okay, though. It was still fun.

I used Micro Pens and Arteza Brush Pens to add the colored scenery.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Halloween Cat in Pen & Ink

Yesterday I decided to draw our cat, Wampus, while she was napping. I already had this sketch in mind, a cat with a witch’s hat sitting on a pumpkin. Then I decided to add the other pumpkins, the moon, and the stars. This is just an ink sketch of a mixed media piece I plan to do. So I still need to transfer it to a canvas. Then I will paint it and use other media to add to the texture, etc.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Witch Hazel in Pen

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Hello Friends! 

I took a look at the Inktober prompts for this year yesterday, but none of them excited me. So….I am not going to follow the crowd. I decided to just do my own ink drawings this year, probably not every day, and center them around the themes of fun Halloween, witchy, and harvest things.

For this drawing I used my Micro Pens and Arteza Brush Pens. I bout new Micro pens and new sketch books the other day while I had $25 worth of reward coupons from Michaels to use before the seventh of this month.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

Published Again!

 

Hello Friends!

Today I received a nice surprise in the mail! I wrote this article called “Turtle Troubles” a couple of years ago for a children’s magazine writing class. And now it has been published! The first article I wrote for the same class was called “Dragons Down Under” about Leafy Sea Dragons which was published in 2019 for this same magazine. I was also able to provide an ink drawing of one to be included in the article.

After that was published, I told the editor I had written a second article about some of the dangers that sea turtles face every day. So she asked me to send it, and also accepted my drawing of a diving sea turtle which is included in the article as well.

I had forgotten about this since she had approved it to be published in the Spring issue this year. But then the pandemic hit, so everything was delayed. I haven’t heard from the editor since February, so I had no idea they were up and running again. That’s what made receiving it in the mail today so fun!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Portrait in Watercolor and Ink

 

Hello Friends!

It has been quite a while since I posted! I hope you are all doing well.

I painted this last week for Week 45 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor was Christine Romero. We began our unit for drawing two figures.

I just finished the portrait for Week 46 today which I will post tomorrow. Then it is on to Week 47! The class is almost over already!

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

 

Marilyn Monroe in Ink and Watercolor #2

 

Hello Friends!

This morning i decided to paint Marilyn Monroe again. I drew her lightly in pencil first last night. Then I decided to paint her in watercolor and added India ink to her features. And I used acrylic inks for her shirt.

I used a picture of her from when she was older than in the last painting I did of her. I enjoyed doing this one even more because her hair was styled differently, and part of her arms and hand are showing as well. I also really like the gold color of her shirt.

I have been considering doing a series of ink and watercolor portraits soon. I just can’t decide whether I want to do a series of a famous person or an unknown person.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Marilyn Monroe in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

Last night I decided to paint a young Marilyn Monroe using ink and watercolor since I remembered how much I liked using these two mediums together after I did this week’s lesson for Let’sFaceIt2020.

I didn’t use as much ink in this one especially not the thick lines I can get with my felt calligraphy-tipped pen. But that’s because I wanted a much softer look to this portrait.

This was fun, and there may be more to come!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Portrait in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday our instructor for Let’sFaceIt2020 was Deanna Strachan-Wilson. She provided us with a PDF file only instead of a video for this week’s mini lesson.

Our mediums were black ink pens of different thicknesses and watercolors. We painted on Vellum Bristol paper. Mine is 100 lb. weight paper which is a nice paper to do mixed media on. It is smooth and just the right thickness. This was a lot of fun!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Jack and the Giant

 

Hello Friends!

This is a drawing I did over the last couple of nights. I recently found a small booklet called “Rackham’s Fairy Tale Illustrations” that was put together and edited by Jeff A. Menges and published in 2002.

When I was a little kid in the 1960s, I know I saw Arthur Rackham’s illustrations in old books of Grimm’s fairy tales. He also did illustrations for other books such as Snowdrop and Other Tales and Hansel and Grethel and Other Tales both published in 1920.

I find it interesting that Menges says, “Creatures of fantasy, legend, and fairy tales represented the core of Rackham’s output. His imaginative interpretations of witches, elves, giants, and fairies have influenced many of the images that have been produced ever since.” This is exactly what I have been hoping to do – create fairy tale images from MY imagination!

My drawing is a combination of my own imagination and copying Rackham’s giant from his illustration from “Jack and the Beanstalk.” However, as you can see from his illustration, I changed mine quite a bit! For instance, my giant doesn’t have animals hanging from his belt!

My perspective is different, because I wanted the giant to be looking down at a hole in his floor where Jack is climbing up the beanstalk which, of course, did not happen in the written story. But this is my version! There’s a lot about the angle that isn’t perspectively correct, but I actually hadn’t planned on it being a finished drawing. I was just sketching in ink and then decided to use my brush pens to add the color. But it was too fun to keep it to myself!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

Portraits in Pen & Ink

Hello Friends!

Today I did Lesson 5 of the Let’sFaceIt2020 portraiture classes. Our instructor, Lucy Cooke, demonstrated using ink with twigs, a paint brush, and pens with nibs, all dipped in ink.

I really tried to draw with twigs, but the end results were disastrous! Then I tried the pen with a couple of different sized nibs. Those ended up in the circular file as well.

So I got out a small paint brush and ended up with six little portaits on 4″x6″ cards. I decided they were enough for one afternoon. I love experimenting with different drawing tools, but twigs felt weird!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

 

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