I’ve meant to do this for months… nothing better than a deadline to prompt a procrastinator to “get the lead out”!
A friend in a mutual Facebook group put out the challenge to sketch daily… “organic shapes from observation”… and Daily Potato was born. It was October, it was time for Inktober, and it was destiny… I chose to do a mashup of Inktober, #dailypotato, and finally filling the Strathmore 500 Mixed Media Journal with pre-painted spreads I created in Roz Stendahl’s online class “Textures”.
When doing these month-long projects I like to have the framework of a theme, however loosely defined, to help me focus. I tend to follow that plan the first week or so but as the month progresses boredom sets in. In order to keep it interesting and fun I find it’s important to start reaching and experimenting. Raiding my stash of multicolored FW Acrylic Inks was definitely the best part of this project!
Enjoy the short video, it’s less than 4 minutes long. I hope you like seeing how my pages progressed through the month.
(All pages: Sailor Fude pen with water-soluble black ink and assorted colors (including white) FW Acrylic Ink in a Strathmore 500 Mixed Media Journal with pre-painted page spreads.)
The final four!
Whew! What a month. My #Inktober book is complete and filed away … so……
bring on the Trick or Treaters!
It’s all about color for these four!
I’m closing in on the home stretch now… only four more to go!
Four more spreads today and I’m sure no one will be surprised my favorite is Day 21 – Scallions.
I have two new markers that I filled with yellow and green FW Inks. They put down a juicy amount that can be spread easily with a brush.
I’m also trying a different marker with the FW white ink. It’s not as opaque as the Higgins white I’ve been using, but I don’t care, it flows so much better I don’t mind going over a line or two if I need to.
I want to get all of these posted before the end of the month and the end is looming closer and closer each day.
I seem to have settled on batches of four. That’ll work if I post daily so I better get a move on.
Another four… but no colored ink in this bunch.
Can you guess which one’s my favorite?
Day 14… the pear.
Did you guess correctly?
It’s been a very busy autumn hasn’t it? I think I’ve heard that same complaint from everyone… myself included. Just an observation, not an excuse for being lax with my posting but I admit, I have been lax!
Here’s to catching up a bit!
Yes, all ink… even the Honeycrisp apple.
The last image is of a peeled Clementine… I forgive you for not recognizing it, it’s my least favorite.
We were camping over these days but I brought my sketchbook and packed my pens knowing I could manage a few minutes to draw. I even brought a head of garlic so I’d have a model at hand once our tent was set up.
The pumpkin was soon carved into a jack-o-lantern while the grapes kept me from the chips and dip. Another successful camping weekend done!
Cleaning out some of the older produce before they go off. The tomatoes were getting a little soft.
… and look at that poor lone banana! Too ripe for me already… I like them with just a touch of green near the stem.
I see banana bread in my future.
The plan was to draw this little gourd sometime over the weekend but… totally my fault… I left it out on my back steps for nearly an hour giving our resident squirrels free access.
Must be tasty.