Closet Creepiness – #inktober2019 – Day 26 & 27

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As I mentioned on the 25th, I was invited over to my parents’ house yesterday, so didn’t get a chance to do any prompt-drawings for Inktober.  Instead, I have combined day 26 and 27, which were “dark” and “coat”.

I started off with a drawing in pencil, but I was so involved with what I was doing, I forgot to take a picture and instead went straight to the inking part:

Hubby had seen me sketching out the coat and heard me wondering out loud how I was going to get an evil element into the picture – and he pointed out that the pockets already looked a little spooky. 

So I ran with the idea and added the scarf for horns etc.  The kids liked how it all turned out, too 😉

Yesterday I was doing a different kind of creative activity, as my mum was teaching me how to make some fabric items on my sewing machine that has been hiding in my craft cupboard for the last 11 years 😉 it was a really lovely change! 

My parents come at least two Fridays a month around 4pm and hang out with our boys and me for 90 minutes or so, and a few weeks ago Mum took my sewing machine back to her house in order to familiarise herself with it and make a plan for what she’d teach me. 

I made a pin cushion, a paper hankie holder, a cushion cover – and a small Christmas tree ornament that I need to stuff and finish off.  It was a lot of fun, and mighty strange to see my mum without my kids vying for our attention or either of us having to go and do something else!

I arrived at my mum’s around 11am, and Dad took me home around 9pm.  We had meals and snacks together.  It really was lovely to see them both for an extended period of time 🙂 like rolling back the years to 4 year old Monty, when the three of us lived in a flat in Edinburgh before my brother was born 😛

If only I looked as good in flouncy dresses and long hair these days…

It was pretty late last night before the kids went to bed and I got to sit down and do a quick draw-and-paint session, so I only managed this crazy butterfly, that fulfilled no prompts whatsoever, but raised a wee smile as I coloured it.

Have you been creating anything this weekend?  Halloween costumes or scary decorations?  Let me know in the comments 😉

Only 4 days of Inktober left to go…!

 

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A Matter Of Taste? – #inktober2019 – Day 25

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Day 25’s prompt was ‘tasty’, and I immediately thought about this food:

(sorry the pic’s a bit blurry)

I inked over the pencil lines as usual, once I was satisfied with the sesame seed placement, etc 😉

Then it was the turn of the watercolours.  I had to mix up a dark enough brown for the burgers, and also faff about to get a pleasing yellow for the cheese.  As a finishing touch I re-outlined a few of the salad leaves and the onions – and I was done!

What would you have drawn for ‘tasty’?  Does thinking about it make you hungry?!

I am visiting my parents this weekend and will probably combine my Inktober Day 26 and 27, so I’ll be back soon with whatever I come up with…!

 

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Whoa Nelly – #inktober2019 – Day 24

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We are on Day 24 of Inktober, and the buzz word is “dizzy”.

I knew that I wanted the conventional ‘stars around the head’ to be present (though I draw pretty pitiful ones) but once I had drawn a head and the appropriate dashes etc there seemed to be quite a bit of empty paper left.  It then hit me that the woman could be dizzy from drink and so the bottle was put in…then I remembered about the concept of pink elephants, so got a reference from here and had a bash:

I soon decided I needed another elephant for the other side, the first elephant should be on her shoulder, and maybe there should be some music in the last free corner:

I inked the elephants and the woman’s features in the XS PITT pen, and went up a size or two for outlining the bottle and other aspects of the piece, again going for the ‘bring forward’ or ‘recede’ effect I wanted:

After that, I mixed up a light pinky-grey on my palette and coloured the elephants.  I also gave the lady lovely red hair, ringed with (soon to be) mid-yellow stars:

The lady’s skin and the background are done in pencil, but the rest is watercolour.  I went for a green background to stick to the ‘grog-gy’ feeling I was trying to get across.  I gave the elephants another quick going over with the fineliner, and that was that!

I swithered with keeping the elephants the misty way they looked when I had painted over them, for the more authenic “hallucination” style…still not sure I should have re-inked them, but hey-ho.

Have you been drawing recently?  Hop into the comments and let me seeeee 😉

 

 

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Ancient and Saggy? – #inktober2019 – Day 23

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The Inktober prompt for Day 23 was ‘ancient’, so Youngest came up with the idea of me drawing some weaponry!

I flicked through google and Pixabay, and soon settled upon the idea of drawing a centaur with a bow (after rejecting the castle idea) because not only is my star sign Sagittarius, I’m still reading about all things Greek-goddy every evening!

I wanted to make it a young centaur, however, so I mashed together a pic of a pony and another of a girl from Pixabay:

I thought the background looked a bit bare so, as you can see, I drew some trees and DID squeeze in a castle.  As an afterthought, I looked up an alphabet of runes and put some on the tree on the far right.  It says ‘hunt’ in the symbols 😉

It was ‘just’ a case of inking and watercolour-ing from there:

I also did some painting yesterday and today around the topic of ‘ancient’ – a turret scene and a collection of weapons:

Did you draw anything today?  Feel free to gift me a link to your work in the comments 🙂

I shall leave you with a close-up of my centaur’s wee friendly face.  I don’t feel she would harm us…?

 

 

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Ghoulish Gains? – #inktober2019 – Day 21 & 22

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October 21st was Hubby’s birthday, and I spent the first two hours of my morning watching Percy Jackson and the Sea Of Monsters on Prime with the kids, in order to let Hubby have a lie-in (and then time to visit the dump with some rubbish from our garage very grown up birthday activity, eh?!) and possibly a wander by himself.

 

With the plethora of Rugby on telly this week, and our boys eager to have him out with them or playing FIFA 20 or Rugby 18 on the X-box – not to mention there being a real match locally that the three of them went to watch on Sunday – Hubby has been the boys’ parent of choice a lot this holiday!

 

My kid-wrangling then moved on to the boys and me having a lengthy discussion about what happens in a film vs what happens in the book it came from, and why the changes may have come about  (always fun, but this film does diverge a LOT from what I have been reading to them over the last week, so I am thinking there may be elements of future books in there…?).  Then it was decreed that I should read the first few chapters of the third book Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse so that easily took us up to Hubby almost being back home again!

 

Hubby ordered in pizza for a late lunch, much to the kids’ delight, followed by Hubby opening his presents.  Our boys are very sweet and had made lovely sturdy cards at the beginning of their holiday, so they sat down beside their dad one at a time and told him why they had drawn the pictures on the front, and who was who etc.

 

About two hours later, we were telling our recent news to Hubby’s parents on Skype 🙂 then there was dinner prep, candle-blowing and cake-scoffing…soon followed by a bit of maths revision, rough n tumble, uniform-gathering, school shoe polishing, gym- and book bag packing, showering, suppering, chatting and hugging…

 

So anyway, I did get to fit a bit of drawing in around the edges of all that, but I didn’t push myself too hard because I knew it was going to be a full and woolly sort of day. 

Day 21’s Inktober prompt was “treasure” and Day 22’s is “ghost”. I have watched enough T.V featuring the likes of Scooby Doo & Mystery Inc to know that the two prompts complement each other quite a bit.

 

I managed to get the pencilling done and couple of parts of the drawing inked before midnight yesterday:

 

I got the skull reference from here.

Then Hubby went to bed and I decided I would just do a little more as I wasn’t tired yet…

 

That’s when the real fun started: I realised my gel pens had the PERFECT green for ectoplasm.

Oh, oh – and sported glittery gem/metallic colours in their ranks!

I took the ‘fully-inked’ photo at forty-six minutes past midnight this morning, and this next picture at 1:27am!!

 

Time does fly when you’re happily absorbed!  I hope you can see a bit of the wonderful shininess through the screen 😉 I outlined the coins and a few other bits in the luminous yellow colour, but I figured they were enchanted in some way and the swords, watch and second necklace would look a bit naff with that colour around them, so could just be bling-y in their own right. *Shrugs*

Artistic licence and all that.

By 1.41am this morning I had: shaded the cave walls with my grey coloured pencil, pressed harder for the rocks and blended brown and grey for the dirty floor. I had also decided that it would be silly to stop now, so the chest was beginning to be tackled.  Which only took me seven minutes more, according to the time stamps 😉

 

So there we have it: Days 21 and 22 marked off, and two days’ worth of drawing and inking accomplished!  I think I finally fell asleep around 3am 😉

I did not forget my painting promise, by the way.  I had fun dipping into my ‘Payne’s Grey’ and ‘Ultramarine’ watercolour pans last night and playing with the amount of water I used in order to create this quick ocean scene:

Hubby loves the sea, so it seemed the obvious thing to paint in the last hour of his birthday.

Have you any inky or painty pieces to share with me?  Pop you links in the comments, please 🙂

Day 23’s prompt is now in my sights 😀

(Just as soon as I recover from having much less sleep than I planned for this first day of the kids getting up early for school after October break!)

 

 

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Pope’s Angel – #inktober2019 – Day 20

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Day 20’s Inktober prompt was “tread” and a line from Alexander Pope’s An Essay On Criticism floated up from the depths.  So I got to work:

I used this pic for referencing the jester’s body parts, went here for the angel’s pose and here for her wings!

The watercolours made a comeback for this piece in the end – and I must say I enjoyed it!

 

Meet you back here for Day 22! 😉

 

 

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The Rambo Combo? – #inktober2019 – Day 18 & 19

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I was looking at the Inktober prompts for Day 18 and 19, and a wee germ of an idea popped into my head.  I remembered a pic Hubby had taken of me just before I went guising with the boys for Halloween last year (after I had dressed up as “dead eighties”) where I am standing looking straight at the camera in a full-length shot:

The official prompts for Day 18 and 19 were “misfit” and “sling”.  I am a tad eccentric and socially awkward (!) so using me as the misfit seemed…well fitting.  I am wearing 80s clothing in the pic, but if you look at the basic shapes I could be in the wild west (long jacket and boots) or in some sort of Joss Whedon series…

Then there is the word “sling” which conjures images of broken arms…or guns.  So, I went for both.

Youngest thinks the first drawing I did looks the most like me:

But I messed around with the face (and the position of the gun-arm) a LOT until I was ready to ink:

I did end up inking it in the end, however, and even went the route of just doing different shading techniques to indicate the end of one type of clothing and the beginning of the next.

I find this piece quite amusing, although our boys can’t get their heads around why I would want to draw myself with a gun as they could never imagine me using one…

I did pause to congratulate myself on that score!!

The painting streak wasn’t neglected either, I managed to get this little scene and a paint-and-salt experiment on paper.  I’ll see what shapes I can spy in the latter once it dries, and whether I can ink something onto it eventually.

I am happy that I have managed to keep to my creative goals even although it is the school holidays.  It really helps that our boys find enjoyment in seeing their mum messing about with art materials like a big kid 😉

I hope you are still inking away merrily if you have been doing Inktober this year and, as always, please leave me a link to your work in the comments so I can come and cheer you on!

See you for Day 20!

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Ornament-gel – #inktober2019 – Day 17

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Today’s Inktober prompt was “ornament” so I went for a Christmassy theme.  I am definitely not someone who has got everything ready months in advance, or has the tree up at the end of November or anything, but I have very few ‘unseasonal’ ornaments out these days thanks to our rambunctious children, so these archetypal shapes in my memory had to do 😉

I added colour today, but it is technically all still inked because I used my lovely set of gel pens one of my brothers in law gave me as a gift (and a bright orange biro I had for penning poetry) 🙂

I did the below as my quick painted piece for the day – the height of the sun and the colours/reflection don’t really match, but it’s a doodle in paint and that’s what I was after 😉

Remember: if you are doing Inktober, or indeed art of any kind, I’d love to see your work.  Please leave me a link in the comments and I’ll come and visit your page or blog.

Meet you back here for Day 18! 😉

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Penned Petals – #inktober2019 – Day 16

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The Inktober prompt for Day 16 was “wild” so I went onto Pixabay to get some flowery inspiration.

I used this picture and started with the lovely sunflowers:

I then moved on to the pinky-purple flowers in the middle, trying to get the feel of the undulating petals, and popped in a bud and another flower for good measure.

I really like all the little details I managed to get in (especially as the bud looks like something with evil intent?) so I again decided not to paint anything.  Three days in a row of just pen with no pencil underneath, then no colourful additions!  I really do find I lose myself in the drawing more when I know mistakes are not as easy to fix!

I doodled some made-up flowers to fulfil my painting quota for today.  The orange one looks more like an insignia, but no matter 😉

So now we are definitely half way through our month of ink! Catch you soon for Day 17’s pen adventures 🙂

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Legendary – #inktober2019 – Day 15

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Well, hello!

 

The Inktober prompt for today was “legend”, and my head is still full of Greek mythology thanks to Percy Jackson; so it was quite easy to pen a quickish drawing.

What you see here are the artifacts that are said to be most precious to the ‘Big Three’ Greek brother-gods: Hades’ helmet, Zeus’ thunderbolt and Poseidon’s trident.   (I modelled the trident on this pic, hence the bit in the middle which now looks a little strange…)

Again I left out the colouring part, so I did a quick ‘paint-doodle’ before midnight to keep my daily habit going.  It is also loosely based on my reading about Percy Jackson, because in The Sea of Monsters he and Annabeth end up on a lifeboat after another vessel goes down, and there are lots of cliffs about 😉

Have you been making arty marks with your pens this October?  Drop me a link to your work in the comments and I’ll check it out!

 

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