Grey Lady – #inktober2019 – Day 9

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Hey there 🙂

Day 9 of Inktober, and the prompt was “swing”.

I thought about a tree (cos I like drawing and taking pictures of them) and also flouncy 50s-style skirts (cos they remind me of pictures of my Nana in her hey day, and have a ‘swing’ connection).

So I went crazy and combined the two:

I’m not even sure if the whole shadow concept works, I know some bits have probably been made too dark, and others too light, etc etc…but I like it.  It’s pretty much the image I had in my head *shrugs*

In other news: I met a friend for lunch today and we both remarked that my dessert looked like a face.  Can you see it? Like the plate is stressed about what that spoon is about to do?!

It tasted good, anyway 😀

And on to Day 10 we go…

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What’s My Name…?! – #inktober2019 – Day 8

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Hi!

I have had some lovely comments both on and offline for Day 7’s mushroom picture, so thanks again for that 🙂 It always makes me beam when people take the time to give me feedback on my work!

The prompt for Day 8 was “frailty”, and I asked Hubby what he thought I should draw (with the caveat that it needed to be a faster project than Day 7’s!). Hubby thought for a bit, then quoted a line from Hamlet: “Frailty, thy name is woman”.

So that got this creative/a tad feminist brain whirring!

I sketched my idea out in pencil first, but kept altering the vision – ending up with ghoulish “imprints of children past” all over my piece…

So I got a sheet of our printer paper, cut a quarter off it, and used it to trace my original, and construct a better version:

I am aware that the young girl has a weirdly shaped head, but one gets the general idea. I’m still learning here, after all. I just needed the image of her being strong willed, and her ‘hanging off’ her mother, to work! 😉

I’d stopped after the pencil stage, and gone to paint something random as I couldn’t mess up my creative streak of painting every day (!!). I’d decided it would be easier to use my coloured pencils for my Inktober piece as the paper wouldn’t take watercolour well. Plus it was getting late again, my eyes were crossing, and the pencils were right there on my beside table…

(Yes the painted doodle may seem a bit pointless, but everything teaches me something)

So, anyway, this is my final piece:

I mean: would YOU mess with her?!

Hubby approved (!) and in my book (literally…!) Day 8’s prompt has been answered 😛

I’ll catch you in Day 9’s adventures!

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A ‘Shroom As A Pew? – #inktober2019 – Day 7

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Hey there 🙂

 

I went a little overboard for Day 7. 

The prompt word was “enchanted”, which immediately conjures images of Amanita Muscaria (or Fly Agaric) mushrooms for the Blyton-obsessed child in me 😉

Of course I had to make the mushroom into a house, and think about the little person(s) who would live in it (which made the fairy I sat on the ‘roof’, on the left hand side, waaay out of proportion…).  I pencilled one big mushroom, then decided to add a neighbour.  I popped in some flowers and grass, too, then began to get inking:

The fairy and her hugeness was starting to really bug me, but the background was too bland without her.  I decided to look up some info on where these mushrooms pop up in real life, and then got myself a quick reference pic from Pixabay for knobbly tree bark inspiration!  I rubbed out the fairy, pencilled some bark swirls in, inked them, then used a brown coloured pencil to try and make it recede into the background more than the elements of the piece I was going to paint. I’m not completely happy with the result, but it’ll do:

By this time it was getting near midnight, the kids were (obviously!) in bed, I’d had my dinner and watched quite a lot of Monk whilst playing with ink and pencils…so I pushed away the laptop and braved the painting.  

I am doing all my Inktober offerings in an A6 sketchpad, so there is not much room for error, and even using the smallest round brush I own I went out of the lines a little; but a real Fly Agaric mushroom doesn’t have the most regular of ‘spots’ on it – so I forgave myself 😉  After Monday housework and over 10k steps on the school run, my eyes were a little fuzzy, but it still wasn’t until 2ish this morning that I cleared my bed of art materials!  It looked ok, but I wasn’t really in any fit state to assess it:

 

I woke up this morning and did the final bits of fine-lining while occasionally sipping a very welcome coffee!!

So there we have it: a completed picture in ink, coloured pencil and watercolour paint!  Phew!! I am still calling this Day 7, although I finished it in Day 8.

What’s that you say?!  I have today’s prompt to draw for, now…?!

😉

 

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Husky – #inktober2019 – Day 6

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Hello 🙂

Day 6 of Inktober dawned, and my prompt was “husky”.

I went with the ‘big and strong’ definition instead of the doggy one:

Now I’ve uploaded this, I see how patchy the painting is…that’s what I get for watching Monk at the same time…

As I mention at the start of October, the boys have got me reading them Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series.  We are now on Percy Jackson and the Sea Monsters and it has a baby cyclops in it, so it was a no brainer when I finally got the boys to bed and was thinking of what to draw!

I didn’t use a pencil sketch first, but here is my unpainted version:

I have already started the pencil sketch for Day 7’s prompt of “enchanted”, so I’m off to get back to that…there is going to be lots to ink! 

Catch you later!

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Build – #inktober2019 – Day 5

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Hi!

Just like that, we’re onto Day 5 of Inktober The official prompt for today was “build”.

I threw around a few ideas, spent waaay longer than I meant to on sketching the brick wall and still didn’t get it right, etc etc…but I did get a wee idea from this brainstorming:

I turned the page and got out my ‘SB’ PITT pen.  Then I thought the background looked a bit bland and spent faaar too long on getting some sort of pattern going on the wallpaper in pencil before I inked that too:

It was very relaxing painting the scene, however 🙂

After dinner, Youngest (6.5yrs) decided that he would attempt one of his optional homework tasks that challenged him to make an Autumn picture.  He was excited to use my watercolours (having dabbled with them earlier in the year) so I set him up with a large drawing board in the centre of my bed:

Look at his wee tootsies!

 

He really enjoyed his time painting! I loved chatting to him about what he produced and hearing him explain why he wanted to use each colour in the place he did, while brainstorming why I have only a few colours open and use some more than others.  We were both impressed with the end results!

So there’s definitely been some comfy times here today 😉 roll on Day 6!

 

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Snow Chasers – #inktober2019 – Day 4

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It’s Day 4 of Inktober, and the prompt is ‘freeze’.

The idea for the below started out as a normal human scene, but I misjudged the height of the ‘adult’ and made the head look weird…so I ran with it (ewww, I mean the idea, not the head…) and ended up with something slightly unorthodox:

Youngest helped me pick out the colours for the beings’ attire, and their skin tone. I used the small PITT brush pen for the silhouettes of the trees, and watercolour paints to add interest.

For those of you who like seeing the artistic process, I reverse engineered it for you below:

 

I imagine they love winter and so come to our planet whenever it snows – attempting to fit in by wearing human clothes.

Looking at this piece again, I would probably draw snow on the trees and pop another layer of paint on the aliens’ skintone, but I’m quite pleased by how it turned out. I hope you like it, too!

Are you doing Inktober this year? What did you draw for today’s prompt? Let me know in the comments!

Until the sun rises, dear friends: farewell 🙂

 

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Bait – #inktober2019 – Day 3

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Hiya 🙂

We are onto Day 3 of Inktober, and today’s prompt was “bait”.

I went for the more conventional picture first of all (obviously not to scale…):

And then decided to think a little more outside of the…ocean…and went for this:

I messed up the man at the front’s ear and had to remedy it with a bit of white sticker, but on the whole it didn’t look too bad in the end.  I don’t know about you, but I always feel my kids ‘bait’ me with the things they say and do!  They definitely feed me many ‘lines’, anyway…!

What have you been drawing today?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll meet you back here tomorrow for Day 4 🙂

[I used this pic as a reference for my shark etc]

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Spin Cycle – #inktober2019 – Day 2

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Hi!

 

Welcome back – it is Day 2 of Inktober 🙂

Today’s official prompt was ‘mindless’; so I sketched, inked and painted the scene below:

It mirrors how I feel about laundry, and housework in general: will it never ennnnd?!! 

Once I had sketched her (first in pencil, whilst listening to Boris Johnson addressing the Tory party conference this afternoon, as one does…) I thought our overcome lass was probably a creative soul (look at her quirky attire) feeling chained and constrained by the monotony of dirt and stains*.  Her head was undoubtedly full of all her unrealised creative plans, the colourful DIY dreams, the many blank pages calling for her attention…

This poor woman has my sympathy. How can one blame her for finding it all too much in that moment?  Haven’t we all been there at some point…?!

For the purists among you, here is my piece in its just-inked form:

And here are the original workings-out, to complete the ‘cycle’:

I hope you like my offering for Day 2 (it was a lot of fun to work on), and again please feel free to leave me a link to your work in the comments!

Right, I’m off to bed now, but I’ll be back tomorrow 😉

 

* When I read this back, I loved the rhyme and rhythm of this line…I will be using it in a poem, methinks…

 

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First Inklings – #inktober2019 – Day 1

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Hello!!

 

Well…it’s been a while!

I have been busy with all the usual mum stuff, and the kids are getting HUGE, as you can imagine.  That’s them in Primary Five and Primary two now, so it is scary (and wonderful, and exciting…) watching how much they are coming on and branching out into the world!

Youngest is still loving his Taekwon-do, having just achieved his blue-striped belt, and Eldest will be having his second Karate lesson this evening, with two of his favourite friends. 

The boys are forging ahead with their reading as well: I think Eldest’s total was 25 books (not including the ones he re-read…) over the 7 weeks of the school Summer holidays, and Youngest can now read chapter books silently to himself.  (He also loves reading to me, which I hope he continues to do for a long time because it does my heart good seeing him so excited to share his love of books and discuss the plot lines with anyone who’ll listen). School mornings and ‘bored’ periods are a whole lot calmer now that our kids are very likely to pick up where they left off with some exciting character or other! I got to re-visit the first three Harry Potter novels and I’m now into the exploits of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson of an evening, thanks to my determination to participate in our boys’ penchant for adventure.  I got pretty good at Professor McGonagall’s voice, I was told… 😉

Around their growing and exploring, I have also been trying to do the same. 

It has almost been a year since I decided to get back into the drawing (I go into more detail here) and I’ve been having lots of fun with it.  I have challenged myself to draw, and splash watercolours around, every day since the middle of February, so that’s been over 6 months now that I have kept up the practise.  I don’t make it a difficult thing to do, I just draw anything – and then usually colour it with the paint.  Sometimes I draw something that I’m not going to paint, or don’t want to paint, or that is on paper that won’t take paint, or is part of a bigger project…so I doodle something with the paint later on.  I don’t stress myself out with it, it is all in the name of fun.

In this spirit (and cos you all KNOW I love a wee prompt to get my creative head around) I am going to do a very loose and laid-back version of Inktober this year.

I received my order of an assorted 8 pack of Faber-Castell’s ‘PITT artist pens’ exactly four weeks ago, along with a ten pack of Stabilo’s point 88, 0.4mm nib fineliners.  They have been rocking my little world ever since!  The Stabilo pens are not waterproof, so I can’t use the paint with them unless I want a smudgy look, but the PITT pens are brilliant to watercolour over.

PITT and Stabilo fineliners

Have I mentioned how much FUNNN I’m having?!

I am not going to share ‘high’ art, much as I do not share ‘high’ literature on here; but I am going to play to the essence of Inktober and produce a drawing or two in ink (probably with a splash of watercolour) every day and post it up here on the blog for the whole of October.  Cos: why not, eh?!

And if I write a poem on any given day I might post it up, too 😀

This is the official prompt list for Inktober 2019:

Inktober prompts 2019

 

And here are my takes on today’s suggestion of ‘ring’. I decided to leave them un-watercoloured:

My Inktober sketchbook
Day 1 Inktober drawing
The first object that came to mind
The ‘obvious’ choice 😉

Yaaay for new creative challenges!!

If you are participating in #inktober2019, please leave me a link to your work in the comments so I can cheer you on 🙂

See you back here tomorrow!

 

[I used this photo for reference]

 

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Sketchy Details

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Hi everyone!

 

I have been taking a break from the poetry and doing a bit of sketching instead since the end of April!  I strive to draw at least part of something every day as one of my daily creative goals (and have done since the 19th of February this year).  As I explain in this post, drawing is a mostly relaxing activity for me, and I frequently surprise myself by achieving small details I thought would be beyond me.

This week I have been looking at hands.  I Googled ‘reference pics of hands’ and was inundated with choice!  I went with one from this pic on Pinterest as inspiration and drew a pretty awful one:

But I had a bit more success with following Mark Crilley’s advice in this YouTube tutorial, and actually like what I achieved:

 

Youngest was drawing alongside me while his brother was in the shower this evening, and he challenged me to draw “a man holding a gun”.  Lego Star Wars, you have a lot to answer for…

Youngest actually asked me for this a while back, but was feeling cheated because last time I ‘messed up’ and just drew a groovy long-haired purple-suited guy holding a hairdryer in some random desert, as one does (I’ll dig that out for you in another post, it’s in a different sketchbook…).  

In the name of furthering my art skills, then, and because I wouldn’t know where to start drawing a gun (!) I found this photo to eyeball, and drew the below using some of the tips I’d gleaned from Crilley:

 

 

Both boys were suitably impressed, and I had again fulfilled my daily drawing quota.  Hurrah!

 

We took a family jaunt together today as well, circumnavigating Linlithgow Loch and letting the boys use up a bit of energy. 

Unfortunately, the midges and other, larger, flying yucky things were out in force and not afraid to chow down on us; but we did see a Heron and lots of other water birds, so it was a good walk all in all. Youngest didn’t even complain about trekking over two miles! (But he did fall asleep on the way home, bless him!)

We didn’t get a decent pic of the Heron, but here are my menfolk beside a swan who was trying (!) to take a rest.  If you look closely, you can see all the flying insects against the sky in the foreground!!  Oh, and that’s Linlithgow Palace to the left in the background 😉

 

I’m not sure yet what we are going to get up to with our Bank Holiday Monday, but both the kids and hubby are off so it will be nice to continue to hang out with each other.  If the weather holds, we will probably go for a wander again…hopefully without beasties in our hair this time!

I trust you are all having a great long weekend, and I’ll catch you again in the next wee while – probably with more creative news to share 🙂

 

Montaffera X

 

 

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