Began with a quick sketch, using a black Uni pin fine line, pigment ink pen, on Mi-Teintes warm brown, 160gsm pastel paper. I prefer not to use a pencil drawing underneath. Added some colour with Inktense block washes, then added coloured pencil and graphite pencil. Softened the face a little with the smudge tool in the Procreate app, and applied a few more white highlights. This printed up well.
Also I did a black and white pigment ink print, onto 300gsm smooth cotton, Saunders Waterford, watercolour paper; and then added some Inktense colour washes, and a little graphite pencil – as seen below. Sorry about the slight blur from taking a photo of it at night. Though it does show the overall softness of it, which I was pleased to achieve.
I usually complete the original as well, and like how it becomes a sort of catylyst for further artworks.
Pears are another favourite subject matter of mine; these are sitting, in a shallow dish on our dining table. I usually make a display of them there; as much to draw them, as to eat them. I love their shapes and colours; the way they lean into each other, and with their elegant stems arching this way and that, they appear to be enjoying a chat. Brown markings are starting to appear on their skin – I’ve been admiring them a little too long…
This link here, is to post I did of iPad pear paintings – accompanied with some word play.
A quick sketch to begin.
First Inktense washes.
I began with a Uni-ball ink pen. *To enlarge the images, please tap on one of them.
When I began to add some black Inktense block washes, my brush accidentally slipped across a colour called “natural brown”, so I decided to use that as well – which created pleasant sepia tones.
It’s the “Inktober” challenge this month. However, after doing 31 watercolours, in 31 days for the “WorldWatercolourMonth” challenge, I’ve decided to partake of this challenge in a more limited way. It’s not so much the drawing and painting daily (as most days I usually do some kind of art) as the posting online in various places everyday, that can be particularly challenging!
So I’ll try to share an inky post at least once, ideally twice a week, and more if possible. *More Info on the captions.
This link, will take you to a Inktober “FAQ” page, which helps inform of the guidelines for the challenge. I was glad to see “digital” ink works are quite acceptable. I’ll do one, two, or more… ink drawings in art apps I like.
The Zen 2 app, offers particularly appealing ink brushes that, glide and swish around so easily (I use my finger, rather than a stylus) as you draw on the screen – I’ll do a drawing in that app. Although I don’t use a stylus, I’ve briefly tried the “iPad Pencil” and it was pretty amazing!
I’m likely to have a dash about with an Artline pen; the one that makes lovely washes when you run the brush over the linework. Unfortunately it’s not light fast,(unlike their new calligraphy pen) but so enjoyable to use. Sometimes, I solve the problem by scanning an Artline drawing into the iPad, and then printing it on my printer, which uses fade resistant pigment ink.
The pens I’ve used here, are fade proof and waterproof. I miss the whooshyness of the Artline pen, but adding a wash helps me enjoy them more.