Advent Calendar 2014: Day 12

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#inktober – so far, @Making_Comics

After having to leave #paintseptember before it was completed I am starting #inktober a little late due to travelling.

When it comes to travelling, I am a firm believer of travelling light – even lighter – if possible.

That is why, before I left, I prepared well, and made sure to bring the smallest possible, extensive, portable artist’s studio with me, so I need not compromise any artistic itches along the way.

My artist's travel kit: pencils, black pigment liners, Tintoretto Martora Kollinsky brushes 1,2,3 (forgot the ink though), a pen, water tank brush, Winsor & Newton water colour mini set, blank greeting cards, A5 One4All art book, 18x24cm water colour pad.
My artist’s travel kit: eraser, pencil sharpener, pencils, black pigment liners, Tintoretto Martora Kollinsky brushes 1,2,3 (forgot the ink, though), a pen, water tank brush, Winsor & Newton water colour mini set, blank greeting cards, A5 One4All art book, 18x24cm water colour pad.

I am very glad to say that I did not carry the extra weight around with me entirely for nothing:

October 2nd: The Unconditional Loving Hug

#inktober day 2: 'The Unconditional Loving Hug'. Pencil under-drawing 4B, black pigment liner 0.2, on water colour paper using and refining my cross-hatching technique
#inktober day 2: ‘The Unconditional Loving Hug’. Pencil under-drawing 4B, black pigment liner 0.2, on water colour paper using and refining my cross-hatching technique

Before I remembered to take a picture of my first greeting card creation, I gifted it to the most wonderful lady with the purest soul!

So I can’t show you that one. But it was the boy and the girl changing into some comfy Indian clothes, just like the ones they are wearing in the following drawings.

October 5th: a) In the Food Line and b) Feeding Lakshmi

#inktober day 5a: 'In the Food Line'. Pencil under-drawing 4B, black pigment liner 0.1, on water colour greeting card, cross-hatching
#inktober day 5a: ‘In the Food Line’. Pencil under-drawing 4B, black pigment liner 0.1, on water colour greeting card, cross-hatching
#inktober day 5b: 'Feeding Lakshmi'. Pencil under-drawing 4B, black pigment liner 0.1, water colour greeting card, cross-hatching
#inktober day 5b: ‘Feeding Lakshmi’. Pencil under-drawing 4B, black pigment liner 0.1, on water colour greeting card, cross-hatching

And, last but not least, I also learned a few new things:

  • While sketching on a plane with a pen or a pencil is no problem, inking is a little more difficult.
  • Bugs like to nest on the moist water tank brush. I did not take a souvenir photograph of that, because this image is clearly imprinted in my memory, anyway. *shivers*
  • Water colours get really soggy in a very humid climate, and paper gets very damp.
    Consequently, careful not to squish your paints trying to wipe them clean, and drying your water colour art will take more time than you might be used to.

As for #inktober, I shall try to stick to a daily routine starting from tomorrow.

For more details about #inktober and how to participate see: http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober. Also, check out his great art work!

And, if you love comics and love to draw, ink, colour, come up with stories… check out http://www.makingcomics.com. A great website where many of your questions all around comics are answered.

Happy Inking To Everyone!

Day 16 to 19 of #DrawingAugust

It’s been quite a busy, long weekend, so I hadn’t come around to posting my #DrawingAugust efforts.

So let me catch up…

Day 16: ‘Cat Love’ sketch

'Cat Love' pencil sketch (3B)
‘Cat Love’ pencil sketch (3B)

Day 17: I inked ‘Cat Love’ and had the idea for something like a ‘meteorological team work’ drawing in my head…

'Cat Love' inked, pigment liner 0.2 and 0.3
‘Cat Love’ inked, pigment liner 0.2 and 0.3

Day 18 and 19: …sketched, inked and water coloured the ‘Meteorological Team Work’ idea of day 17.

'Meteorological Team Work' in progress, pencil sketch (4B), pigment liner 0.3 & 0.5, water colours
‘Meteorological Team Work’ in progress, pencil sketch (4B), pigment liner 0.3 & 0.5, water colours
MeteoTeamWork
‘Meteorological Team Work’, pencil sketch (4B), pigment liner 0.3 & 0.5, water colours

Day 19: ‘Cat Love’ in water colours

'Cat Love' inked and water coloured
‘Cat Love’ inked and water coloured

 

 

Yes I can get up here!

I’ve been using Twitter’s #movemay opportunity to add movement to my two girl characters.

These two little girls were born during the #drawingaugust art challenge on Twitter in 2013.

Quite by coincidence, actually. No intention behind it.

Now, they keep popping up in my creative work and have become a part of me.

'Yes I can get up here!' Climbing out the Water: Pencil sketch for #movemay on Twitter
‘Yes I can get up here!’ Climbing out of the Water: Pencil sketch for #movemay on Twitter

So I keep developing them further.

These drawings might just add up to illustrate a children’s book, I just need to find the right words…

 

Inking Exercise No.2: Raindrops

Yesterday was a day of sometimes clouds, sometimes blue skies and sun, and sometimes dark rain clouds with occasional showers.

As a few drops dribbled from the sky I had this image of raindrop characters in my head.

I kept the image with me until I reached home and, upon arrival, I sat down immediately to draw.

I know this sketch is simple, and it did not take me a massive amount of time to make.

But I do hope it is nonetheless enjoyable.

WindAndRaindropsSketch
Yesterday’s pencil sketch with raindrop development

Today, I used the sketch for my second inking exercise:

Work progress inking exercise: pencil sketch developing raindrops and improving 'Wind' shape
Work in progress, inking exercise: pencil sketch developing raindrops and improving ‘Wind’ shape

And this is the result:

RaindropsDancingInTheWind
Finished inking exercise no. 2 for #movemay on Twitter: ‘Dancing Raindrops’