Back on the ink
So its that time of year again, inktober. Since last year was such a success for me, where I finally cracked the ink-code, I have decided to jump on it this year aswell.
I wont follow the prompt list this year either, but rather follow my own ideas. First and foremost I want to develop the styles I have found further. Be course that is what this project is all about; self development.
The time since the last inktober, I have found my favourite inking equipment.
I have landed on Copic as a main brand. Their Multiliner comes in a wide size array. as of now, I use the 0.03 and 0.05 mm. Allthough I actually like the Microns best, the Cipic Multiliners has a replaceble tip. And trust me, you will need that. I press the tiny felt tip inside metal tube that makes up the tip into so its rendered useless before its empty of ink. But with the Copic ones, I can simply replace the whole tip.
Next up is the Copic Drawing Pen. It has a fountain pen tip, and has a slight dense type of ink, so that when you draw a quick line the line wont be whole. But drawing in a “normal” speed, it lays the ink evenly.
Brushpens is something I have discovered this last year. I started with the Pentel Brushpen. A good pen with very black ink. It flows well and you can get some ok dry brush effects by drawing quickly.
But I decided to buy a much more expencive brushpen from Jetpens.com. A Kuretake No. 40 Fountain Brush Pen. And man was that an amazing pen.
Better bristles, black ink, and a lot easier to make very fine lines with. I could also use a converter for the ink, which is a piston where one pumps up ink to refill it. Like a fountain pen. This enables me to use ink of m own choice. If I dont want that, there are ink cartrigdes for it. And their ink is really good.
The Kuretake pen cost $36, but it was totally worth it.
I didn’t really know what to draw this year. I started thinking of observational drawings, but didn’t quite feel that. So I did a couple of quick warm up drawings without any thought behind them I quickly come to think that I had been wanting to draw organisisms with ink. But seeing as they have bee drawn with pencils to get the light as good as I can, I have never really started. So my main goal now is to draw towards drawing my classic organisisms in ink.
This year I thought I’d start a bigger drawing that I will draw a bit on every day for the duration of inktober. Hopefully this will culminate in a large finished drawing. A3 to be precise. I have yet to draw such a large ink drawing. I have simply found that ink suits me best i smaller sizes. I think the larges as of yet is just above A4. I will let each day of inktober decide what will be drawn that day, depending on how I have drawn that particular day. And I will post the progress, however small, here every time I post an new inktober update.
Ok, lets dig into it. First drawing is.. well, nothing really. I simply do as I usually do when I draw, I play with shapes and lines and see what comes out of it. Drawing improvisation as I call it. You will probably see a lot of these kinds of drawings this year. But then again, you never know. That’s the fun part of inktober. You never know what will come out of it.
Today I decided to test out a type of shading that I have been wanting to try a long time, but never dared in fear of ruining a drawing. I have a hard time simply sketching. I always “need” to make a finished drawing. But being inktober and all, my threshold for ruining something is lowered.
Anyway, I think this worked pretty well. I will keep working on this technique and refining it.
Today I wanted fit in some clouds into the drawing. I then it felt only natural to place them inside the “ring” of bones where I already had been thinking of placing another spacial dimension. I think it worked pretty well. The contrast of the darker bones of death against the soft lifegiving clouds feels right.
Another cloudscape today. With a bit of forrest and fields aswell. Thought I’d give it a go to draw some huge rainy clouds. This time I didn’t manage to render it as finished as I wanted. But hey, why not use inktober also to work on another of my issues; simply sketching. I have never really sketched. You see, I have never been able to not fully render a drawing. Can’t stand unfinished work. My own that is. I love other artists sketches though.
Unfortunatly I dodn’t have the time to draw on the Continuum today. Hopefully tomorrow 🙂
Just keeping it sketchy. Got the idea on the tram this morning fon my way from work, so I did a quick preliminary sketch there which I rendered a bit more and in ink for inktober 7.
My idea was some kind of bony rings intertwined and floting in the sky. Might not be my best work, but then again I did go for a sketchy look. So maybe its not that bad after all.
Managed to draw some more on this now. I have been uncertain as to were to take this, so I had to sketch up some in pencil first. Got time to ink it out afterwards. Next I think I have to get something drawn up on the top of this sheet. Its always important to stay a few steps a head and not to overwork smaller areas.
These bony structures are fun to draw. And these ones are more and more taking shape of decorative acanthus leaves and Norwegian rose painting. I also made finishing points to the more honlike structures aswell. I need to find some way to end the drawing on top of the paper. Still not sure what will be, but I feel I am nearing the solution.
Today I had to start planning what to do next in pencil. Its all well and good to draw directly with pen, but sometimes its important to be able to erase things one don’t like or doesn’t work. I would be a bitch to have to chuck the whole thing in the bin be course you simply planned it wrong.
Once again I am going totally free and improvise 100%. Ok, I did “cheat” a tad this time, and started at work. I work as a nightwatch, and did some light drawing in between rounds. Before 00:00 o’clock. Buuuut anywho. I had no idea what these initial lines and blotches would be, bu I kept on drawing. Before I knew it I had something resembling the wings of a biplane. So a biplane it became.
Today it finally loosened. I found out what to do in the top part of the drawing. The plan now is to make a dark environment inside the top bony oval shape. This will open up for me to maybe use white ink to draw the “figures” inside it. Not sure though. Much can change still in this old nugget of mine.
I really enjoy drawing these decorative bony acanthus shapes. The work very well with the properties of the black ink.
Today I went way out of my comfort zone. Initially I wanted to do more inkwashes in the more classic chinese style, but my initial tests never worked the way I wanted. I guess I need to check out more papers and techniques first.
But it being autumn now, and the place where I work have these insane autumn colors, I took some photos and gave it a go with an inkwash. I have to admit, albeit a simple motif, it worked very well.
Slowly moving forward. Not much to say really, just been drawing bone structures.
Still working outside my comfort zone today. And keeping to the autumn motifs. This time however, I felt a bit bolder. So I was a lot heavier on the ink. Darkening more and mixing the different colours together. I only use two colors. Yellow and blue, beides black. All indian ink. The black however is fairly reddish in hue, so I use this to make the more orange colours.
Finally decided on making a black background in the upper ring. This is two layers of Talens black india ink applied with brush. This ink is very red-brown in its hue, so I will go over with another ink type that is more black and grey when applied thin or diluted.
I will most likely draw something inside this ring in white ink. I have a small selection of white inks, så I will have to test out which is the best.
A light veil of almost unnoticable fog covers the fields.
After work this morning it was so beautiful at Rykkinn I had to take some photos. This field with the road in the on the other side is something I have wanted to draw or paint for a long time. Today was just to great looking to pass up.
Had a bit more time today,so I could do an autumn drawing that was a bit more complicated. This is still Talens india ink with brushes. This time I experimented with using white india ink for a few small details and the leafs on the ground. I also put a layer of white over the treetops where the morning sun hits them. First I painted it with yellow ink, then a layer of white. Then yellow and red as the last layers.
I am pressed for time this weekend, so I will only make three small fantasy insects. Sometimes one simply have to make things, well, simple. The goal is anyway to make one drawing each day throughout the month. I have kept the linework very loose, and lat the few colours I use run more freely with lots of water.