For Day 22 of Inktober, I drew something that is a bit of a reflection of Day 1. Not only does it contain birds in a tree, but I used the same technique to render it. It’s just more silhouetted and I used my blue marker as the base instead my black microns.
At first, I didn’t think I was going to like it very much, but like many of my other pieces it’s grown on me. The light blue branches in the back give an appearance of depth and when I added the leaves it pulled the piece together in a nice way.
On Saturday, I was at a loss of what to do for Inktober. I was so exhausted– it was another busy day– and I didn’t want to do anything crazy but. . . I also didn’t want to do one of my go-to techniques and draw something simple and not too interesting.
And then an idea for a new technique popped into my head.
That. Whatever that is. I’m sure someone else has done it before but I’ve never heard of it so I’m calling it um. . . exaggerated stippling. If you have a better name, let me know. So yeah, here’s exaggerated stippling on a drawing of a rose with some hatching on top for good measure. It’s a little weird looking, but what can you expect when you put a bunch of black circles all over everything?
Other than when I’m bored and out of ideas, I’m not sure when I’d really use this technique or if I ever will use it again (probably not), but it was a neat experiment.
Only 11 days to go guys! (Well 10 by the time I post this)
The plan for drawing 20 was to block in the darkest parts of the butterfly, go wild with hatching on the background, and leave the flowers white.
As you can see, that’s not how it went. Instead of leaving the flowers white, I filled them in with my slowly dying blue marker. And that’s when I started running into problems. You see now the only thing sticking out is the butterfly and everything else is just a mush of mid-tone.
I thought that was going to be the end of it. I mean, I didn’t have anything to lighten up the background like it was in the reference picture and I couldn’t make it darker because that would just mess things up right? I couldn’t restart either; I just didn’t have time that day.
I was going to have to be content. So I put it away and forgot about it.
For like five seconds.
It was just bothering me too much to forget. I had to try something. . . Even if it was making the background darker which I was sure wouldn’t fix anything.
Turns out I was very wrong about that.
P.S. Any Photoshop-like program (I use FireAlpaca) is very useful for troubleshooting with art. Ultimately, it is why I decided to add the wash in the background. I don’t like taking risks very much and it takes away all the risks involved.
Day 19 of Inktober, I went for some simple crosshatching on a town street.
I honestly don’t know what else to say for this piece. . . Maybe because I’ve been working on a paper all day and my brain is fried or maybe just because I’m exhausted from writing a post every single day.
I’m thinking the latter, so if you get really short posts for a few days that’s why.
I decided it was only fair that I draw a dog for Inktober since I’ve already drawn a cat for it.
Okayy, that wasn’t exactly why I decided to draw this dog, but the fact still remains. Can’t offend all the dog-lovers out there.
I really just did it because it was a fairly simple drawing and well, he looks cute so you know. Plus, I wanted to do some more stippling again and it seemed like it would work for this. And guess what, it did. (Shocker, I know) Much like my last stippling piece, I also ended up adding a bit of ink washes to it for some variety.
Two, in fact. But for today’s drawing, I only used one. A brilliant red one, alongside my red, blue, and black ballpoint pens.
Speaking of colors, I just found out today that my art supply order with all my colored inks never got sent out in the first place. No wonder it was taking so long. . .
The problem was that their system had an issue with my credit card and so I had to give them a different credit card number and they never processed it through. Despite that, I think in the future I’m willing to give them another chance. They are pretty close to me and they came highly recommended to me, so I’m guessing this was an unusual occurrence and not worth dropping them over.
But now that’s all figured out, so I should be getting my art supplies relatively soon.
Surprisingly though, I’m not as tired of black and white pieces as I thought I would be after this long of a wait. True, I’ve done quite a few monochromatic pieces, but they only help so much and I have the same issue with them– if there’s color, I can’t resist adding it. I just get bored without it so easily, no matter how much I like the piece.
However, I feel like that’s changed after nearly three weeks with very little color. I still think I prefer my art to have it, but I’ve come to appreciate the beauty of black and white so much more.
Here I am talking about how I appreciate black and white on a post with a full-color drawing. . . Color, I still love you as much as ever, okay? Please don’t get offended.
I almost thought the day would never come but I did it, I drew a person for Inktober.
Like a lot of my other Inktober pieces, I started this one on the later side, so I didn’t have a ton of time for details on the face or being as concerned about them being 100% perfect as I usually am. (Not that that’s a bad thing.)
Of course, considering my other drawings, that doesn’t say much and I still was pretty detail-oriented in this– far more than I was originally intending to be. (A common occurrence.)
But you know what really matters? That I’m satisfied with the results.