Flowers and Trees – in Ink Pen and a Mix of Media

Drawing of treesInk pen, Inktense block washes, some pencil work, and gouache – on A4 Quill Kraft paper.

I’ve also printed this picture in pigment ink, with my inkjet printer, on A3 Canson 220gsm paper. And applied some coloured pencil to it.

Thoroughly enjoyed Inktober, and the opportunity to use lots of line work. Not that I need need an excuse to do that!..as I often use lots of lines in my work/play.

Though I draw most days, I didn’t do an ink drawing and post it everyday, as I found it quite demanding doing that when participating in the “WorldWatercolourMonth” challenge.

Below are some inky works I did this month, including one using the ink in the Zen Brush 2 app, and in the Sketches app, which also includes some of it’s paint media – glad digital ink could be included in Inktober. *To enlarge the images, and read the captions, please tap on one of them.

I’ll probably print some of these as well…and perhaps add some more media in an art app along the way, and/or traditional media to the print – and on it goes. Good fun!

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Near the Window – Ink Pen and a Mix of Media

Still lifeInk pen with Inktense block washes, watercolour and a little pencil work; on A5 watercolour paper. Border was put on in the Book Creator app. Available as an art print here.

At the last minute, I drew in a vertical black line at the back on the left; then I felt happier with the composition. Things still tilt a bit far to the right, but the folds of the curtains help bring it back around…

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Three Works in Ink Pen and Wash

Vase of flowers
Ink line drawing, using an Artline Calligraphy pen, and a Uni-ball pen; with a brush over with black Inktense wash.

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.

Artline Calligraphy pen, Uni-ball pen, Micron pen, and some washes from Inktense blocks.

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.

Tree and landscape
Artline Calligraphy pen, Uni-ball pen and black washes with Intense block ink. I used a bit of pencil underneath. Usually I like to wing it without pencil guidelines. Inspired by local scenery, near where I live.

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Designing, Printing, and Making Cards with My Art

Dog painting

Began with watercolour on Cold Pressed, 300gsm Arches watercolour paper. Then dabbed freehand with my finger, some art app media, in the Procreate app.

This is Bob one of our dogs – Jack Russels – sitting on the couch. Probably hoping to hear those favourite words, “want to go for a walk”.  Below is our other dog called Seth….sleeping – they do a lot of that, as they are both getting on in years. I worked from some quick sketches, and managed a photo of Bob before he moved. In both images I’ve worked on them further in the “Procreate” app.

Sleeping dog
This began as a small graphite pencil sketch on paper, then I took it into “Procreate” and added some colour freehand, with the “artist crayon”.

I decided to print and make cards from the artwork; adding to a growing selection of images I use when producing my cards. *More info of the processes under the pics.

Dog
I arrange the image onto a template in the “Pages” app, and also place some words on the back. I arrange some words and tiny pics for the back of the card in an app called “Book Creator”. Then bring the finished design into “Pages”.

Before printing my art (and taking them into “Pages”) I make some colour and tonal adjustments to the images, in the Photo section of my iPad. Over time I’ve learnt how the image on the screen needs to look to make a good print; also I take into consideration the paper I choose to print on. I’ve discovered the paper I use, will have a huge impact on how well the print turns out. For my cards I use Canson 220 drawing paper. It has a lovely texture and weight for cards – and for larger prints.

Back of a card
Though it may be difficult to read here, you can probably see I mention using eco friendly paper and packaging for my cards. *I’ve since changed the wording a little, and taken off the pics at the bottom.
Dog cards
Below the cards are “bizzo” cards, as I call my home made business cards. I place the images of them (the words have already been put on them in the Phonto app) into “Pages”, then print them onto a smooth 270gsm Strathmore Bristol paper. Then cut them out with my guillotine.

I have these for sale in my local area, and have some of my art available as art prints, and on various items, in my Red Bubble shop, here.

Really enjoy the many creative opportunitys available with using an iPad (don’t use a computer). Thankful†

Thanks for viewing my work – enjoy your weekend!