Ok, so I'm a day early for Dia De Los Muertos but this was what I was inspired to create today. I've never done anything like this. I freehanded the skull and it's kinda wonky but at least it's obvious what it's supposed to be. I used Kuretake Brush Writer pens for the coloring. I really like them. I end up using them like watercolors blending the colors with waterbrushes. I really enjoy the effect. Anyway, Happy Halloween!!
My friend, Heath, posted this picture of his French Bulldog, Dodger, on Facebook last week. It was so cute, I just couldn't resist it. I have an idea that I want to do with all of my many pictures of Kagero but I haven't really done any dog drawings yet so I wanted to start somewhere. I think what I liked most about this image was the contrast between the dog's body and the brown chair. I think I thought that somehow would make it easier to get the lines down. And I do think it helped. I really had fun with this one. I kept the outside more simple than the reference image because I didn't want all of that to compete with the dog. I wasn't really sure how to do the coloring on the chair so I just did the best I could. I'm using Zig Kuretake's Brush Writer pens that contain liquid ink and it doesn't like to stay put, especially since I seem to insist on using paper not intended for wet media. I think, though that it turned out ok..I like it!
I couldn't figure out what to draw today. Some days I either wake up with an idea or it comes to me pretty quickly but today wasn't one of those days and I just couldn't figure it out! Then I found myself stressing myself out by over thinking it but then it hit me., just sketch what is right in front of me...my feet :). I used a blue-grey Kuretake Brush Writer brush pen which has water soluble ink. I am simply in love with this pen right now. I love the color so much and I love how the line has so much variation but that I can also create shading and shadows with the same ink using a waterbrush. I think feet are pretty gross but I like this pic.
Today was a super busy day! Oscar had the day off (yay!) so we buzzed around town trying to get the finishing stuff for his Halloween costume. There wasn't any time during the day to do any drawing and tonight I went to an artist's talk event where artist/illustrator Lisa Congdon was the guest speaker. I did take my sketchbook and pens to this event (I thought it was supposed to be a sketch exchange but that didn't actually happen at this event) so I was prepared to kill time and there was time to kill while waiting for it to start. I opted to be different from pretty much everyone who wasn't chatting with someone and not be on my phone and sketch instead. I actually did three pages but this is the one I'm choosing for today's contribution to my daily art project. I'm disappointed that there wasn't any sketchbook exchanging because I had psyched myself up for sharing but Lisa's talk was great, very inspiring. I can't wait to read her book, "Art, Inc". I feel so much better about what's been happening in my sketchbook but also feel like she gave me permission to do so much more (you'd think I wouldn't need permission but...) I haven't had time today to watch the videos for week 1 of Sketchbook Skool so I can't report back on that yet but I'm so excited to start on it tomorrow! Today's sketch started with the big snails, then the little snails on the ground, then the grass, then I drew in the mushroom and finally the little snail on top of the mushroom. I didn't do any planning for this one, hence the hum drum composition with the focal point being smack in the middle of the page but whatever, I think it's cute. I drew this with my new Kuretake brush pen #8. OMG....I think I'm in love with this pen!! Have a good night!