#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. 

Mo Momentum. EDiM 8-14

I love Every Day in May… and I finally found a link to the list of daily prompts on Jana Bouc’s blog!

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It’s wonderful, just do something… anything… each and every day in May.

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It can be as simple or elaborate as you wish and have time for. As you can see from the above page… I was really busy last Friday!

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Draw something small.

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Draw something alive.

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Upload for everyone to see or keep it private in your own sketchbook, the benefits are the same.

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You cement a creative habit!

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Do your creative self a favor……      Just Do It!

Keeping up the Momentum. EDiM 1-7

After a month of daily journaling and posting for International Fake Journal Month I really wanted to maintain my artsy momentum but dial it back a little.  No more daily posts… I have a fairly simple system but it’ll be great to give it a rest!

However, I am participating in EDiM… Every Day in May.  This is a Flickr and Facebook offshoot of the EDM – Every Day Matters Group.

So yeah… even more days of daily sketching.  Sweet!

Draw a Window

Draw a Window

Draw a Knife or Blade

Draw a Knife or Blade

Draw an umbrella

Draw an umbrella

Draw your thumb

Draw your thumb

Draw something representing a favorite hobby.

Draw something representing a favorite hobby.

Draw something handed down to you or a family relic.

Draw something handed down to you or a family relic.

Draw a microwave oven.

Draw a microwave oven.

More EDMs and a New Challenge

140227 edm17I’m still working on my EveryDay Matters Challenges.

140304 edm16There’s never an excuse for not having any inspiration for drawing; the EDM list is long and varied. So I figure… if one challenge is good why not another? I just found Journal52. One prompt and a little inspiration each week… check out the blog to see what has been suggested this far.

140303 j52-1I’m not much of a mixed media artist so I’m doing it my way. Am I behind? You bet but I’m undaunted; catching up is fun!





Inspiration in the Checkout Line

Can you say impulse buy?

As I was in line to pay for my holiday shopping my eye was caught by a cute little lime green box.  Rory’s Story Cubes – Voyages.  I’m always looking for inspiration ideas and these images really appealed to me.  On sale too… I couldn’t go wrong!

Now I’ve always been drawn to dice even though I’m not a gambler.  I  love the feel of them rolling in my palms.  Nine dice… no dots… instead there are pictures, or should we call them icons?  This is a game for everyone age 8 and up.  That’s me!  The instructions are to roll the dice and then make up a story on the spot with the inspiration from the images.

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You mean I have to use my imagination?  I quickly rearranged the cubes to suit my story:

My story

Once upon a time Bess lived in a downtown high-rise in the city.  One afternoon she felt feverish.  Her forehead was hot, hot as the sun, and her belly wasn’t right either.  Off she went to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with an amoebic infection to be treated with a high-dose prescription.  Once home she slept, exhausted from her day.  She dreamt she stood in the forest hearing faint cries.  What is it?  The sounds lured her into a clearing.  There she found a treasure chest and, uncaring of Pandora’s lesson, she immediately opened it.  Out jumped a monkey making the loudest ruckus.  He was screaming and screeching and was holding a scroll.  Bess leapt and wrestled the scroll from him.  As she looked closer she saw  it was a map to ancient archaeological dinosaur burial sites.  Bess thought, “Wait, a treasure map?  That only happens in dreams.”, and promptly woke up.

But, I’m not always going to make up a story.  I plan on using these one or two at a time as journal prompts.  Maybe I’ll create a page about my interest in western North American dinosaurs or one about moving to the country after growing up in the “Big City”.  With 9 cubes that’s 54 images… and there are two more sets: Original and Actions.

How great is that!