Okay! Today is Halloween, a day of gore and horror. Inktober is not making this a “safe” subject for today, either – SLICE! Really? You can get pretty gruesome with that one.
So, with a hail to famous or infamous quotes, a slur on red velvet cake (which I dislike intensely), I bring you a slice of history, a slice of cake, a slice of the macabre, a slice of my own sick sense of humor, and best wishes for a fun and scary Halloween.
I thought of Edward Gorey as I was drawing line after line after line. He certainly was the master of the dark and macabre! I also used up one of my last permanent ink pens and need to shop for more . . . Inktober is expensive in the ink department.
Today I present you with the teasel. These plants were once harvested to make carding brushes for wool. They were mounted on wooden boards when dried, and the wool was placed between the carders, and combed or brushed back and forth until the clean wool was aligned, ready to be spun.
After I initially posted the ink-only drawing, I decided to play once more with the InkTense pencils. This time I mixed colors together, such as a red-violet and a blue to make the lavenders of the flowers, and yellows and greens and browns in different areas before applying a small amount of water with a water brush. I’m not sure if I am happy with the colored results, but you never know how something works until you try it, right?
Beds of dried, caked and cracked mud are fascinating. Footprints in them are even better, or the mysterious sliding rocks found in Death Valley. I looked at a lot of pictures of mud flats, and one thing I noticed were curves and angles as well as the way light bounces off their slightly uneven surfaces.
Here I used ink and water, specifically Private Reserve’s Copper Burst. I have never considered using fountain pen ink as a painting medium, but it’s opened up my eye to its potential.
Hopefully, back on track with Inktober! I’m not even going to try to do the ones I missed.
This is a combination of ink and Inktense pencils, which I haven’t really tried to any degree. I started out with just a simple ink drawing, then I used the pencils, laying down pigment with different amounts – light and dark – to see how it would work to create tones. It did a pretty good job, I think. Certainly something to continue to play with.
Below is the ink drawing followed by the pre-wetted Inktense pencils.
I think this says it all.
Did you know that those decorative patterns on the sides of your socks are known as “clocks”? Rather than time, as a sock-knitter, I prefer this type of clock rather than the one tick-tocking away on the shelf.
Here I used a fountain pen and a couple of permanent ink drawing pens. The idea here was to express texture, such as the corrosion on the lock and metal parts of the door, or the wood grain. Contrast of both texture and tone were important here. Oh, and to show something “guarded” – what is behind Door Number 13?
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.
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.