Today, I experimented with some calligraphy/drawing ink I have, plus some gum arabic, and the same pens I’ve been using. Note to self: pen over gum arabic doesn’t work well. Still, I think it turned out rather well.
Been busy all day, what with grocery shopping, the girl’s soccer, and gaming with friends. Finally sat down with pen and paper. In this case, a Uniball Signo. And the image I found on Twitter, linked from Tumblr (and because of the way iOS apps don’t always play well with others, I can’t even figure out whose Tumblr it was shared from, as if I click the “visit” link on Pinterest, I get the “please sign in” page for Tumblr, even though I’m signed in on the app; I’ll try to track down the original tomorrow — EDIT: Original is from http://absinthius.tumblr.com/post/38389336640/octopus).
This is based on a picture I took at Animal Ark last year. My proportions are all off, and I really should have done a pencil underdrawing to try to position the spots better. And maybe at some point this month, I’ll figure out how to use the different pen widths.
Seven years ago, Jake Parker came up with the idea of doing an ink drawing every day for a month to improve his inking skills. He liked the results so much he created the annual Inktober challenge.
I’ve eyed the sketches on various social media for a couple years now, and this year I’ve decided to take the plunge and join in. I don’t have fancy brush pens, but I have some Pentel pens of varying colors and Micro-Line pens of different thicknesses to play with, and I found a book at the Easton library on hand lettering — so I’ve got lots of playing to do. I’ll probably try to follow the prompts at least occasionally, but my goal is to have fun for the 31 days.
Anyone else want to give it a try?