Inktober 2019: #20, 21, 22

Oh, I am so, so, so far behind with my Inktober 2019 drawings.  What can I say?  I will say that other diversions have been there, mostly enjoyable ones.

Okay, on to our Inktober 2019 drawings.

#20:  Tread

I thought of “Don’t tread on me,” tire treads, shoe treads.  Guess which won.

#21:  Treasure

So many things came to mind for treasure – people you love, family, health, and piles of pirate gold.  I think that last one is the easiest to draw.

#22:  Ghost

As Halloween and Samhain draw close, ghosts and hauntings emerge.  As a kid, dressing as a ghost was always a favorite for trick-or-treat.  A ghost family portrait, complete with the bunny ears / devil’s horns so popular in our family photos.

More to come!

Inktober 2019: #15 Legend

If you didn’t grow up in the 50s, the mask and hat may mean nothing to you.  If you did, perhaps you remember the TV show The Lone Ranger. It was my favorite show when I was a kid. We all wore cowboy and cowgirl outfits, complete with masks and six-shooters filled with rolls of caps. Bang! Bang! We all imagined riding horses over the wild hills, chasing bandits. I found Tonto especially cool because he was an Indian, played by Jay Silverheels (even his name was great!).  There were several people who played The Lone Ranger, but the one I remember is Clayton Moore.

Interestingly, I remember the actors’ names after all these years!

And if you want to ramble about PC-ness, go somewhere else . . .

Inktober 2019: #13 Ash, #14 Overgrown

I still have #12 Dragon to do, but that is going to take a bit of effort.  Hopefully it will work!

Here, playing more Ketchup, but not too far behind.  I also returned to a better bit of paper, the same sketchbook that contains the first seven of this year’s Inktober.  Much happier with paper, pen, and brush.  Especially the paper!

#13 Ash:  I thought of a tree . . . an ashtray (ewww) . . . a fire (as in what we had over the weekend, which was awful) . . . but decided on a different natural crisis:  the volcano!  Shades of Mordor, shades of hell.

#14 Overgrown:  So many things can be overgrown, but I like the idea of an overgrown, abandoned railroad track.  There is something romantic and nostalgic about these, as well as something very sad.

I am rather enjoying the density of the iron gall ink.  It makes me think of India ink, but it is so much easier to use.  If I remember correctly, India ink does not lend itself well to dilution with water, but the iron gall does beautifully.

 

Ketchup!

I am completely behind on Inktober 2019 this year, and not sure if I even feel motivated to continue.  The iron gall ink is proving problematic on some papers I have been using, as have the pens and brushes.  I chose to do about 4 pictures – all of them here – on some really old paper in an apparently antique sketchbook made of really poor quality paper – at least for artwork.  So, with no further ado or commentary, here you will find #8 Frail, #9 Swing, #10 Pattern, and #11 Snow.

#8 Frail
#9 Swing
#10 Pattern
#11 Snow