Inktober 2021

This Inktober I used a flexible Zebra G nib pen. This is a change for me. Last two years Inktober has been about using a Fude pen. Those pictures got more and more abstractly monotone, with large, carefully controlled areas of black. This year I have been trying to be more loose and deliberately scribbley, like my hero Heinrich Kley.

For me Inktober is an opportunity to practice observational drawing direct in ink. These drawings are all done from observation, all bar the rubbish raven are from life. Part of the challenge, then, if finding interesting things to draw or objects that suit the days theme. Below are some photos that record this challenge.

Continue reading

Inktober 2020 #30 GN”OMONOUS”

The official Inktober prompt today is “OMINOUS”. I was finding it hard to interpret that as a drawing from life so I was asking my daughter to help think of a nice object to draw. We had been thinking about time-telling apparatus for her homework and she suggested a sun dial. Then she remembered the one at the Downing Site, outside the Sedgewick Museum with multiple Gnomons and whch, therefore, is truly Gnomonous.

Inktober 2020 #24 “DIG”

This is the first time this month I have drawn from a photo (actually a still from a video) rather than from life. It was too cold and windy to go in the garden to draw a spade and fork. And, I’ve been wanting to do one of these all month. I love the round shape of the engine hood.