Inktober- Stepping Away From the Eraser

I have never been much of an inker. In fact the lack of an eraser I find a bit intimidating. Which is really kind of funny considering my preference for watercolors.

Well in honor of Inktober I have done a couple of ink drawings. Very little, if any, pencil planning was done on these. As I was challenging myself to step away from the eraser and just let art happen.

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On this wolf I used Micron pens in black and sepia, as well as a sanguine brush pen and a touch of sanguine Prismacolor pencil. But my set up was very minimal lightly sketching out the eyes, snout and tips of the ears before jumping right on the inks.

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For my merganser I did a rather quick drawing with a sharpie a last week. Using a calendar photo as a reference. This was my first inktober drawing and was where I started to test putting down the eraser.

I plan on doing at least a few more ink drawings this month to stretch my skills and comfort level. Up until now ink has been something I used sparingly in watercolors to add tiny details. Maybe in the future it will become more.

WIP- Osprey drawing part 1

There are many stages to a work of art. Many of mine begin with a walk in the woods. My sweetie and I spend countless hours hunting with our cameras. Sometimes what we capture goes into the vast collection of all that we have seen, sometimes I use them drawing practice and just do quick sketches that never see the light of day, sometimes the make it into a larger work of art as an element in the background. Then every now and again I see a photo and say I must paint that!

Here is one of those instances. We caught this shot of an osprey in flight with her meal. Everything about it is so powerful I knew it would be my next painting.

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Normally I would do a pencil drawing around 8×10 or 9×12. If I were feeling really industrious maybe 11×14. Then possibly complete a painting in watercolor. From the moment I saw this I thought it needs to be done in oils, and larger than my normal size. So I busted out the big Bristol and got to setting up what will hopefully be an 18×24 inch oil painting when I am done.

I start by getting a very light sketch with blue pencil just to get my proportions and landmarks correct.

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Once I get that established I start to lay in the shadows and details.

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I don’t know how long it will take me to get the drawing completed. Tonight my drawing was halted by an orange and stripey distraction.

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Oh well maybe I will get some more completed tomorrow night.