A Parrot… from Start to Finish

After doing a whole month of ink work it was hard to let go. I started drawing a parrot on a pre-painted acrylic ink background, fully thinking I would do it all with my ink filled fountain pen.

Instead of having my subject looking off the edge of the book, I usually place it so it’s looking toward the center of the book as I do here.

I even put quite a bit of work into the shading and modeling of the beak but it didn’t feel right. I got up, made myself a cup of tea, and thought about why I was so hesitant to keep going. I finally realized I was missing color!

This parrot is red. No, not just red, but a screaming scarlet red! And he wasn’t about to let me portray him with a bunch of black lines.

OK… color. I could use red watercolor but because green is its complement in color theory the red would turn muddy grey against the green. Not what this parrot deserves.

I went in search of my gouache that has been languishing in a drawer since earlier this summer. Gouache has larger particles of pigment which in turn yields greater opacity. Just what I was looking for.

I layered the gouache thick enough to obscure the background, along with ninety-nine percent of my ink lines, but not so thick that the paint will crack as the page is turned.

As I was debating what to do on the verso page of the spread I remembered an overheard humorous comment on the current political climate… “What could possibly go wrong?”

It had to go in the journal!

I still chuckle every time I open the journal and see this spread… just one of the reasons why I create.

#InkTober2017 – Days 26 – 30

Yes, thirty days in and I’m exhausted from the nitty gritty of checking the daily prompt, searching the Sktchy app for a photo that speaks to the prompt, and on top of all that, is both something I want to draw and is achievable with my skill set.

Some artists love prompts. I tend to rail against them. Correction, I’m all gung-ho at the start but then, as the days click on, I become disenchanted. It’s a struggle. 

But today I’m happy! I have only one more prompt to consider and I’ve already picked the photo I’ll use as inspiration. By this time tomorrow I’ll have posted Day 31’s drawing and with any luck, the rain storm we’ve been having will have blown out of town and I can get ready for Halloween and the swarm of trick-or-treaters. 

See you tomorrow!

Day 26 – #Squeak

Day 27 – #Climb

Day 28 – #Fall

Day 29 – #United

Day 30 – #Found

#InkTober2017 – Days 21 – 25

Drawing crazed emotional portraits is the absolutely best part of sketching from photos I find on the Sktchy app. Like this gentleman… not exactly an expression we see every day. At least I hope not. 

Day 21 – #Furious

Day 22 – #Trail

Day 23 – #Juicy

Day 24 – #Blind

Day 25 – #Ship

Come back on Monday for the last group of five… and then Tuesday for the final sketch of InkTober. See you then!

#InkTober2017 – Days 16 – 20

#InkTober is still going strong and I’m nearly caught up with my posting!

I’ve been going through a lot of ink and my bottle of De Atramentis Document Black has been depleted. Never fear… I’ve stocked up and refilled my pen. I’ve mostly been using my Lamy Sarai with an extra-fine nib. I’ve gotten my finest, lightest hatching lines by turning the nib upside down. I forget who first told me that “secret” but whoever you are… thank you!

Day 16 – #Fat
Day 17 – #Graceful
Day 18 – #Filthy
Day 19 – #Cloud
Day 20 – #Deep
I’ll be posting the next five on Friday… see you then!

#InkTober2017 – Days 16 – 20

#InkTober is still going strong and I’m nearly caught up with my posting!

I’ve been going through a lot of ink and my bottle of De Atramentis Document Black has been depleted. Never fear… I’ve stocked up and refilled my pen. I’ve mostly been using my Lamy Sarai with an extra-fine nib. I’ve gotten my finest, lightest hatching lines by turning the nib upside down. I forget who first told me that “secret” but whoever you are… thank you!

Day 16 – #Fat
Day 17 – #Graceful
Day 18 – #Filthy
Day 19 – #Cloud
Day 20 – #Deep
I’ll be posting the next five on Friday… see you then!

#InkTober2017 – Days 11 – 15

InkTober is at the halfway point. I’ve been doing my drawing based on the prompts… a challenge for me on any single day much less for weeks at a time. Now’s the time to take a few deep breaths and recommit to finish the month.

Onward!

Day 11 – #Run

Day 12 – #Shattered

Day 13 – #Teeming

Day 14 – #Fierce

Day 15 – #Mysterious

#InkTober2017 – Days 6 – 10

Ooooh…. I realize that if I want to show you all my InkTober pieces before the end of the month I better not wait too long between posts!

As a note, I’m not showing you the Sktchy inspiration photos as the copyright stays with the photographer. I can only show you my art. 

Here’s the second batch.
Day 6 – #Sword

Day 7 – #Shy

Day 8 – #Crooked

Day 9 – #Screech

Day 10 – #Gigantic

#InkTober2017 – Days 1 – 5

Last time I was here I was blathering on about showing you my InkTober sketches. Have I done it?  No!

That all changes now. 

I used photos from the Sktchy app as my references. If you have an iPhone or an iPad I highly recommend you download this app and check out the wonderful art being created by all the users. I’m honored to have my pieces included with theirs. 

I will show you all of them… both successes and failures but I’m going to split them up into groups of five… and one last to celebrate Halloween. 

But first, the first five.


Day 1 – #Swift

Day 2 – #Divided


Day 3 – #Poison


Day 4 – #Underwater


Day 5 – #Long

You can’t see that I used pearlescent ink on the flamingo so I took another trying to get the shine. 


Yup… all ink… even the backgrounds.