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.)
It’s all about color for these four!
I’m closing in on the home stretch now… only four more to go!
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.
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.
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!
It’s finally here… the thirty first of October, of InkTober… Halloween.
And I’m done… and yes, it’s all ink. Ta-Da!
Day 31 – #Mask
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
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!
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!