Hi friends! I did it, 31 drawings in 31 days! I am so glad I finished Inktober this year because I noticed improvement from day 1 to day 31. You can see the drawing in today’s video and learn a bit about the process. It’s long and chatty so be forewarned:)
I kept to my theme of drawing hands and also went with the Inktober prompts. With those strict guidelines I allowed myself some leeway with the supplies I used. They all contained some ink even if it was just a scant outline. Here are my go-to supplies but others were used as well.
I had to take a day off after Inktober and honestly I felt a bit of a let down not having a challenge to work on so I decided for November I am going to do a mini oil painting a day. I used to paint in oils all the time and I have loads of small canvas panels. Maybe some of them will be nice enough to give as Christmas gifts. I think I will shoot for 5 days a week, not every day because I would really like to take a day off per week. If you have been wanting to challenge yourself and grow as an artist I highly recommend trying a monthly challenge. There are so many to find online. If you would like to join a small group of artists that are growing their skills and get feedback from me on your current work check out my Critique Club and see if that is right for you. We would love to have you!
Did you do inktober? Let me know what you think below and til next time keep creating!
Hi friends! Here we are at day 20 of Inktober 2019. I have enjoyed the additional drawing practice each day but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a struggle some days! Here is today’s drawing for the prompt “tread” and my personal theme of drawing hands.
The real-time tutorial for this painting will be available in Critique Club tomorrow, you can find it in the classroom by tomorrow night. Critique club is a membership group for people who want to grow their artistic abilities. You can upload 2 original paintings you are working on for a custom critique for me per month and you have access to the all of the longer, more advanced real time tutorials in the group plus two new tutorials every month. You can learn more about Critique Club here. In the meantime you can enjoy the time-lapse of today’s artwork now!
Here are the other Inktober drawings I completed this week. I actually was able to finish up a couple of sketchbooks I had been working on for a while, that feels great! I post my drawing daily to my Instagram account if you want to follow along. You can see my projects form week 1 here, and week 2 here on my blog.
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Hi friends! I am still chugging along drawing hands for inktober. Today’s prompt is “Ash” and what came to mind was a hand holding a cigarette with ash forming at the end.
You can follow my daily Inktober progress on my Instagram page. if you like:) I have kept up with it so far posting a new drawing each day. I’ll share the rest of this weeks drawings at the end of the blog post. You can see how I created this in today’ video:
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Here is a look at my Inktober sketches from the past week. You can see week one’s attempts on last weeks Sketchbook Sunday Post. I can see an improvement from this week to last. I really love challenging myself and working out the problems in each drawing. I am getting a bit faster at drawing hands too which only comes with practice.
Day 12 “Dragon” keeping with the inktober prompts and the theme of hands was really hard with this one but I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. I used Strathmore marker paper and applied 2 layers of back marker to the background to get a matte black look. I wanted a dramatic shadow on the hands here and probably should have pushed the shading more but I ran out of time and didn’t want to miss a day.
And today’s prompt is in the video! With the exception of today’s project I have used Art-n-Fly Markers, Prismacolor Pencils and a white gel pen on various papers and sketchbooks. I have been surprised at how differently markers behave on different papers. It is really important to give yourself time to adapt when you change up your materials. I think the more you get used to a paper the better your art will look. This is really important to stress if you are a beginner or on a budget. Don’t think you need to go out and buy something new, you might just need to adapt to using what you have and explore all that it can do! Are you doing Inktober this year? I think challenging yourself to do something every day is a wonderful way to get in the habit of making art and see your growth over time. I hope you give it a try!
Hi friends! I am well into the first week of Inktober (the month long inky art challenge created by Jake Parker) and I am still on the inky wagon. I haven’t done today’s drawing yet but it’s only 8pm, plenty of time LOL! Today for Sketchbook Sunday I thought I would share a timelape of how I have been approaching my subjects. I decided to draw hands because I really want to get better at them and I have been using mainly markers.
In this video you will see how I build up the colors to have something that resembles natural skin tone. I am really enjoying it! At the end of the post I will share the other inktober sketches I have done so far. The real time tutorial of this timelapse is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and available in Critique Club now.
I am sharing my inktober drawings on Instagram daily as I do them. It has been a challenge to keep up with this to be honest but I hope I can make it through the month. I will also give myself some grace, if I miss a day I will pick up where I left off because a good something is better than a perfect nothing. I also want to be really honest with you, the color drawings each took me about an hour and a half each. I wish I would whip these up in 20 minutes and hopefully I will improve my speed as I work through the month but I am a bit slow with markers and that’s OK. I am telling you this so you don’t think I whipped them up in 15 minutes. I am finding this challenging and totally loving it. Make your expectations match the amount of time you have to work on a project.
Day #4 “Freeze” see video!
All of the sketches in color started with a sketch with ColErase colored pencils. I think it is fun to sketch in color and takes away some of the “precious” in a sketch. These colored pencils are erasable as well making it easy to be free with them. The process of the color drawing is pretty much the same with waterbased or alcohol based ink so use what you prefer if you are following along with the video, just select the paper you like for the appropriate markers for best results. If you want to see the real time version of today’s tutorial you can find it in Critique Club which is a $5 a month membership for folks wanting to improve their artistic ability and get feedback on their work and/or have access to longer, more advanced tutorials. All artists are welcome to join! Happy creating!
Hi friends! Today is October first and if you are active in art groups on the internet you are probably hearing about Inktober. Inktober is a month long drawing challenge created by Jake Parker to encourage people to draw more. It’s a great way to level up your skills because small things done daily can really add up. There are also downsides to these challenges and in today’s video I will give you my advise before starting this or any other art challenge so you can be set up for success!
Pick a theme or use challenge prompts! It takes away one obstacle, the “what should I draw?” problem:)
Be realistic. If you have an hour to draw each day great but if you only have 15 minutes use that! Keep in mind that certain techniques take time and you can’t do as much in 15 minutes as you can in an hour but those 15 minutes a day sessions add up and 15 (or even 5 minutes) is a whole lot better than nothing!
You don’t have to share anything you don’t want to. The Inktober community is awesome and it is fun to see what others make and get feedback on your work too but it is optional. I know all to well that one negative comment can outweigh 10 positive ones so take feedback with a grain of salt if you decide to share and don’t let any bad comments keep you from drawing. If you feel shy you don’t need to share. Learning art can be like building a house of cards and learning in the public eye can be like building a house of cards in a hurricane. Share if it motivates you but don’t feel obligated to.
It’s OK to fail, we all do! Every artist you admire makes some really crappy drawings now and again. If you made an ugly drawing you are part of this club:)
Be kind to yourself. Nobody is perfect. We are not robots and life can throw us curve-balls. You might miss a day (or a few) but get right back on that horse and start again. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good:)
Enjoy the results! At the end of the month, you will get to look back at the sketches and progress you made. If you only had a chance to do daily 10 minute sketches you will find your speed has improved vastly over the month. If you chose a single subject to draw all month you will notice your knowledge of the subject has increased. It’s all good!
Hi friends! I am so glad to be back doodling around in a sketchbook today! After many weeks of spending my “free” time on assignments for a painting class I am taking it is fun to just play in a sketchbook!
I started off wanting to do a bit of a Halloween sketch so I sketched a skeleton in ink in the sketchbook that came in my Smart Art Box but I didn’t think that this mixed media paper was best suited to ink as it bled through so I decided to also try my watercolors on it.
The watercolor also wanted to absorb in and show through the back of the page a bit but I actually really loved the effect, it was like Chinese brush painting (not that I am trained in that discipline at all but I have played with the materials before) and I loved the effect. I also loved accenting that sketch with the flexible pen that also came in the box that I forgot to use in the first sketch. Remember, just because a supply came with certain things doesn’t mean you can’t try it out with something else you have that you might enjoy more. Any new supply you add to your stash should make your other supplies more useful (not redundant) and you often come up with really cool techniques when you use materials in new ways or in combination with other products. Mix up that media man! Watch the video to see these two paintings come together:)
The supplies in this video were in the October Smart Art Box. Smart Art sponsored this video and I thank them for their support. If you would like a surprise box of art supplies delivered to your door each month consider subscribing. They ship to many countries and you can find out more on their website.
Supply List: (Occasionally Smart Art will have additional boxes for sale. You can check availability here. As of now there are no extra October boxes listed so I have linked to the products on Amazon (affiliate links used) for your convenience.
Out of curiosity I looked up the prices of the products in the box on Amazon and they came out to about $61. I will definitely use these products in other projects (and yay they included my favorite fountain pen safe waterproof ink!) After I open and use my products from a subscription box I store the supplies with other “like” supplies so I will remember I have them the next time I need a pen or bottle of ink. I recommend doing this if you get random supplies here and there. I know it is tempting to keep kits or certain brands together but you will use them more (and they won’t dry up and go to waste because you forget you have them) if you store like with like. If I find I have a double I put the extra in my office art space (for when it’s too cold to craft down in the basement) or in my travel art bag or pass it along to a friend if it has a shelf life. I mention this because art subscription boxes are fun but you might forget what you got if you don’t put them in their proper homes after the first play. At least that’s how I am. I hope you enjoyed this sketchbook sunday and til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends! After falling off the Inktober bandwagon I finally did a sketch!
Watch the video to see the process!
This was my take on yesterday’s #inktober2017 prompt “Juicy” and I had fun rendering this sweet treat in inks. I began drawing with india ink in my fountain pen and coloring with inks. I did use some watercolor to expand my colors. They both worked fine so use what you have. Supplies below.
Fountain pen: Jane Davenort Inkredible pen, load the cartridge with fountain pen safe india ink as the inks that come with the pen are not waterproof) *note, this is the old style pen, you can get the white and gold one from janedavenport.com
I snapped a photo of the mermaid marker in comparison. The colors are not perfect matches but some will do in a pinch. I have not run out of any ink in my mermaid markers yet but I have refilled my Beinfang Watercolor brush pens with these liquid watercolors and they worked perfectly (you can even mix these colors to get just the right shade) so that is another option.
If you want to see more of the new Jane Davenport products that will be out next month you can see my unboxings on my YouTube channel. The first box contained the inks I used today and more art journal/papercrafting stuff and the second box was more of the mixed media product stuff. I plan on doing a review of the new art media stuff so you can see what would add value to your stash and what just duplicates what you already have (and I think that this will be different for different people.) Let me know in the comments if there is anything in particular you would like to see me use first. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
OK, now for my excuses reasons I did not have an inktober sketch Friday or today. Friday it took all I had to get the live show up and going and the kids were off school (4 day Columbus weekend) and today I did actually sketch but I wasn’t in my filming location (because that was strewed with various supplies for a card tutorial coming up this week) and honestly the sketch is not totally done but perhaps I will snap a pic of in the morning and post it to Instagram. Look at me, falling of the wagon and making excuses already LOL! The kids are off tomorrow too and we just bought paint to repaint the girls bedrooms so I am not holding out hope that I will get tomorrow’s Inktober done either but you never know. I’ll be painting something either way:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!