Inktober 2019 Wrap Up! How did I do?

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.

My inktober supplies:

Here are the sketches I did this week. You can see week 1 sketches here, week 2 sketches here, week 3 sketches here and week 4 sketches here.

Day 28 prompt “Ride” I use black fine-liner and watercolors with colored pencil accents on this.

Day 29 “Injured” This was alcohol marker, black fine liner and pen and colored pencil accents.

Day 30 “Catch I wanted to do a mystical scene (catch a falling star meets crystal ball fortune teller) I used fine-liner to outline my hand sketch and ball and painted the background with 2 layers of black watercolor, then lifted out smaller circles and added metallic watercolors and flicked on metallic watercolors for the background. I used watercolors, colored pencil and metallic watercolors on the hand. I like to draw watches, several of my hands were wearing watches, I rarely wear a watch tho LOL!

Day 31 “Ripe” I drew a smelly sock (hubby’s idea!) but I wish I went with more of an athletic looking sock and used wavy lines rather than swirly flourishes for the stink-lines. I had to add flies to make sure I got the “stink” across. I used alcohol markers with colored pencil and acrylic pen accents.

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!

Inktober Week 4 Wrap Up & Drawing Hands Painting Nails

Hi friends! I have made it to day 27 in the Inktober art challenge and each day I have used the official prompt and stuck to my theme of drawing hands. Here is today’s endeavor…

You can see a time-lapse of this creation and some relaxing swatching here:

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Below are the other hand drawings I did this week!

Day 21 “Treasure” watercolor, fineliner and colored pencil sketch.
Day 22 “Ghost” (I was inspired by the pottery scene from the movie ghost) Watercolor and Paint pen.
Day 23 “Ancient” And I drew an old-timey candlestick phone with india ink and acrylic paint pen. (I figure if an iPhone5 is antique this qualifies as ancient LOL!)
Day 24 Dizzy Watercolor and paint pen
Day 25 “Tasty” I used gessoed matboard and colored pencils with pan pastel blender in this experiment.
Day 26 “Dark” this is alcohol marker and colored pencil with hints of paint pen.

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I’m off to bed! Inktober has been making for some late nights but it has been a great challenge and lots of fun! Happy creating!

Inktober Week 3 Progress -Sketchbook Sunday

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!

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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.

Day 14 “Overgrown” 2 of my alcohol markers ran out during this drawing! I was able to custom mix refill ink from alcohol inks and blending solution to get me through the project.

Day 15 “Legend” I though about reading a creepy book and then turning around and seeing a creepy monster peeking over your shoulder LOL!
Day 16 “Wild” I was thinking of people wildly parting at a rock concert. Honestly, it was really hard to fit the daily prompts with my hand theme but I really like how this drawing turned out.
Day 17 “Ornament” This is pretty obvious but I liked how it turned out. I used inktense pencils on this one.
Day 18 “Misfit” This was hard to fit in my theme of hands but I kept thinking of the punk rock band the Misfits and so I drew rock-star hands spelling the word “Misfits” in American Sign Langue and then added music imagery including their iconic guitar and a pic with the Misfits logo on it. I’m not sure it many people got this one:)
Day 19 “Sling” This was a lot of fun although I spilled acrylic paint on it halfway through. The original sketch was sloppy and inaccurate so spilling the opaque tan ink on the page was a blessing as it wiped out a lot of my drawing so I could start over. This is a bartender slinging drinks, a Singapore Sling to be exact LOL!

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Thanks for joining me on my Inktober journey, til next time happy creating!

Sketchbook Sunday-Inktober Day 13 “Ash” and this weeks Inktober drawings!

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.

Inktober day 6, prompt was “Husky” and I decided to draw a hand attached to a person. It is a bit cartoony but nevertheless I like how it came out.
Day 7 “Enchanted” and I thought a magic apple would do the trick!
Day 8 “frail” This was one of the first times I have used alcohol markers on toned paper and I love how it turned out. I used Stathmore toned tan mixed media paper, alcohol marker and Prismacolor Colored pencils.
Day 9 “Swing” I thought of swing music and a trumpet for this day’s prompt. I used toned grey mixed media paper, pencils and markers too.
Day 10 “Pattern” I think this might be my favorite inktober drawing I have ever done. After drawing the hand holding the measuring tape and stamped sewing pattern stamps all over the image in clear ink and rubbed chalk o the background. I was a bit scared to do this because I didn’t want to ruin it but it turned out good!
Day 11 “Snow” I was back to the toned grey paper to give this a cold feeling and I think it turned out pretty well. I really like my cuffs. I did the falling sow with a white paint pen and dabbed some of the flakes with my fingers to blur them and add depth.

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!

My first 5 Inktober Sketches (Sketchbook Sunday)

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.

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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 #1 the prompt was “ring”. I almost scrapped this drawing after the first layer of marker but I am glad I stuck with it. I made many drafting errors that I had to correct along the way. I used Arteza Everblend markers in a Jane Davenport mixed media journal. Final touches done with colored pencils and acrylic paint pen.

Day #2 “Mindless” I used India ink to create a grayscale sketch in my Fabriano Venice book sketchbook. Then a layered on watercolor and finished with acrylic paint pens and colored pencil.

Day #3 “Bait” I used Genuine Crafts watercolor brush pens to color the sketch and then added colored pencil and fineliner outlines in my Fabriano Venice book.

Day #4 “Freeze” see video!

Day #5 Build I used art and fly fineliners to sketch the scene and details and a single black watercolor brush pen to shade and tone. Highlights were done with a white gel pen. This drawing took about 40 minutes as it did not have color. *Note, I used a reference photo where pinkie and ring finger were hidden behind the other fingers on the top hand and looking at this today I wish I hinted at them in the drawing because it kinda looks like they are missing.

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!

Are you starting Inktober today? Watch this first!

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!

My tips!

  1. Pick a theme or use challenge prompts! It takes away one obstacle, the “what should I draw?” problem:)
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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:)
  5. 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:)
  6. 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!

YOU GOT THIS!

What do Skeletons and Peonies Have in Common?

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!

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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.

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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!

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