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.
To get on with some watercolour practice, I’ve pre-sliced quite a lot of various types of watercolour paper into A5 size and smaller. Generally I like to work fairly small on paper and canvas; usually no bigger than an A3 size. It enables me to begin and finish something in a shorter space of time. May do some larger works eventually.
My art often has to be squeezed in between the important job – vocation…of running an orderly household, which suits me fine. However, waves of a delightful arty disorder occur frequently at my dining room table. And now our boys are young men, there is a little more time and space for my art. Below are a few of my recent watercolour dabblings. *To enlarge them all and read the captions, please tap on an image.
Our dining table is often a favourite place to work. A couple of quick flower illustrations. Enjoy doing this kind of style. Used Watersoluble (Albrecht Dürer) Faber-Castell coloured pencils and Inktense pencils, along with my watercolours.
Unfinished practice pieces….though there is hope that the pear (as seen above) and the water scene in the middle may polish up as finished works. Really shouldn’t leave brushes in the water when not in use!
This is a close up of the one in the middle in previous pic. Scan is a bit blurry – need to practice my scanning more.
Watercolour with some Neocolour watersoluble pastels.
These are some cards I’ve printed on Epson Archival matt paper…
As with my iPad art, I’m also making prints (on my own printer) of some of my art in traditional media; in A4 and A5 sizes, and as A6 cards (example above) – for sale in my local area. There’s more info about art that I sell on my “Shop” page.
The scans of my works on paper and canvas aren’t always spot on in colour and tone, though they are as close as I can get them to the originals – I’m still practicing my scanning skills. Usually, before printing the scanned artworks, I also need to make some minor adjustments, drawing freehand on them (with my finger) using a little art app media. Often this informs my original work, and I make changes to it, and visa versa. In some ways, the originals and scanned images become slighty different works… Nevertheless, it’s still all my own work.. and the processes are good fun!
*I draw and paint, with my finger on the iPad, rather than use a stylus.
There was a frost outside this morning, and I lay cosy, warm in bed; sloshing about with paint on my iPad, in an app called “UBrush Pro”. It has a lovely “feel” to the paint – a wonderful watery effect – with an edge of unpredictability.
Qualities I enjoy with watercolour on paper – and which can, understandably, be difficult to find on an iPad!
However, this simple, little app with it’s uncluttered, easy to use panel, manages to deliver quite a satisfying watercolour experience. I’d say, a step beyond what I’ve discovered so far, in the better known art apps I use. I also really like the app’s coloured pencils – they seem so soft… Difficult to explain, the “feel” which accompanies the experience, of drawing and painting on an iPad. I gather it must be due to the power of visual perception. I don’t think I’d find iPad art so rewarding without this sensory experience.
This landscape was a product of play, memory and imagination – good fun.