Inktober 2018 – Days 8 – 11

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.

Inktober… Days 5, 6 and 7

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!

… It Must Be Inktober

Yes, it’s October and that means Inktober!

This is the fourth year I’m participating but this year I’m not going to use any of the official prompts or any Sktchy photos as I did last year.

What I will be doing is drawing various produce using assorted waterproof and water-soluble inks in a Strathmore 500 Mixed Media Journal with pre-painted spreads. A friend in one of my art-related Facebook groups suggested this as a daily challenge… not necessarily for Inktober. She jokingly named it #dailypotato and, even though our scope of subjects has already expanded beyond potatoes, the name has stuck.

Day 01

Thinking of joining Inktober and still looking for this year’s prompts? You can find the list at the link above … or…..

Remember… I’m not using the prompts. Peppers are not poisonous!

Wheels of Watercolor

I’ve long been a fan of online art classes and Sketchbook Skool in particular so you can imagine how excited I was to sign up for their brand new watercolor class, Watercolor Rules and How to Break Them. I’ve loved adding watercolor to my drawings and sketchbook pages but I’ve often wanted to dive deeper into the whys and wherefores of the medium.

Signing up was a given.

After waiting impatiently all summer I finally started in last week with our first assignment… learning about colors and pigments by mixing and creating color wheels from the paints in our palettes.

My palette contains both a warm and a cool version of the three primaries along with a few neutrals and a surprise color or two. One evening I sat down and made my color wheels using all the combinations of those primaries… the neutrals and surprises will have to wait.

I think my favorite wheel is the cool yellow, cool red, warm blue… the one on the right in the image below. It makes slightly neutralized yet natural oranges and greens as well as bright violets.

But as you can see, there are more lovely mixes in each of these wheels.

There was also an additional but optional homework assignment to paint a still life without the safety net of an ink or pencil under-drawing… and create it using only three primary paints. I just couldn’t limit myself to those three and found myself sneaking other colors into my mixes.

I foresee pomegranate seeds on my salad now that they’ve done their modeling. Delicious!

Color Me With Watercolor

I spent July continuing my watercolor portrait practice. These two were inspired by fellow Sktchy member, Lauren Arno, who challenged us at various times during the month!

And… in just over a week I’m also going to take her online watercolor class through Sktchy. I’ve always felt there’s no better way to expand my repertoire than by taking classes.

Color me happy!

Dino-mania!

In all my current zest for drawing and painting portraits there’s still an obsession I haven’t given up… Dinosaurs and their ilk!

Sometimes I draw from life-sized models as I did from one in the Birds are Dinosaurs diorama at VINS, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science.

… and other times from small plastic replicas!

Replicas are a lot easier to find!

I see you!

Portrait Retrospective

Where does the time go? This morning I realized I haven’t posted in over a month and yet I’ve completed 2 additional sketchbooks since then.

I guess I’ll start in by showing you a few of my favorite portraits from May and one from early June. All were drawn from photographic references posted on the Sktchy app by other creatives. You’ll see I often switch things up by sometimes forgoing my beloved ink lines and instead choose to sketch in pencil before I paint. There’s a different feel to each of these methods but I enjoy them both.

This month watercolor was my only constant.