133. Inktober #12: Whale (Shark)

Yes, there are really fish called whale sharks!  In looking up pictures of whales, I came across this creature, and if you look at online images, you will see it is a beautifully patterned shark, as well as learn that it migrates long distances, and is a gentle animal, feeding on plankton and such as it swims along.  I thought it was so beautiful that it had to be the Inktober #12 offering.

The weekend was super busy, so I am a bit behind with my Inktober commitment, but the commitment continues.  It would be really easy to let it just fall behind – like a diet – so the focus of Inktober may be more important than the drawings themselves.  Inktober is a challenge to not only commitment, but to imagination and dedication to meeting a goal.  Harder than I thought it would be – but at least I have some time for commitment these days.

 

132. Inktober #11: Cruel

I wasn’t going to do “cruel” for Inktober – too much cruelty in the world as it is.  Then, I saw these mushrooms!  Fly agaric mushrooms are beautiful, poisonous, and the fantasy mushroom of dreams.   I’ve seen them a few times, and they are incredibly beautiful.  In their beauty lies their cruelty!

This is a combination of the type of drawing and painting I have been doing of late.  Because these mushrooms are so vibrant, it doesn’t do them justice to just use ink.  So, inking pens after an underlying pencil sketch, and then slow, light layers of watercolor, and then more pen.  I’m rather pleased with the results altogether.

122. Inktober #2: Tranquil

Breathe in.  Breathe out.  Breathe in.  Breathe out.

How often do we get to slow down?  To be tranquil is to relax, to be in the moment, to be calm, to be-here-now.

My contributions for the day!  First, a rock “duck” – that intriguingly simple pile of rocks, small or large, by the beach, a stream, or on a mountain top.  To me, the epitome of zen.

And then, the peace and comfort of a good friend or loved one.

I used a water brush and water-soluble graphite, specifically as illustrated below.