InkTober Week 3

This week I did even more cards for coworkers – Boss’s Day plus a couple of birthdays.  So that cut into my InkTober arting just a bit.  However, I also finished a painting that had been sitting for oh, ten years or so, and did some digital stuff.  I’m still fascinated by clouds and never cease to be amazed by them.  Who cares about the latest entertainment news when I have Omigawd CLOUDS!  That one is a perfect orangy pink and I could totally do that with a liner brush and just a little blending… it looks like brushstrokes across the sky as it is…

On to the art.

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InkTober is back!

As you may know, InkTober is an annual event where visual artists of all types commit to making art every day.  Some are strict about it, saying you should use ink specifically, others are a little looser about the standards.

I got a bunch of my coworkers into this and we have a fairly nice InkTober gallery wall started.  If you are joining me, feel free to leave a link in my comments, I’d love to see what you do!

This year I’m not doing a post every day, but rather with each post I’ll be putting all the art I’ve done up until that point.  So far I have five drawings and a quick digital paint sketch.

Headless 760Lucky Cat 1000morning sky snip 2Pumpkin Face 1200pumpkin Maniac 1100Tragon trick or treat 1200

Just click to see them at a larger size.  I hope you enjoy, and more importantly, I hope you join me!

Surrealist Inktober

How much of horror art is surrealist?  Quite a bit.  When I try to make a surreal piece of art, I will take some aspect of reality and make it into a metaphor, or take a fairly realistic subject then change an aspect of it in order to make some kind of a statement.

Chair Girl 1000

 

Here are my attempts:

 

I had the idea of combining two graceful shapes, and at the same time making a statement of people becoming display pieces.  At least she seems fairly happy the way she is.

 

The next one is about how I think people often become with their smartphones and tablets.  Perhaps it’s a vision of human evolution?

 

The last picture is of GUITAR FINGERS.  The hand of a well trained guitarist can look pretty surreal as it is.

 

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/surreal/

 

 

 

 

Modern Youth 800

GUITAR FINGERS 800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inktober Day 4 – new banner!

The banner needed updating, so I did that today, as well as creating a color version.

Here’s the black and white version, in the original ink:

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And here’s the color version!

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(Need art supplies like I do?  Dick Blick.com has some amazing sales and fantastic products for anyone who is interested.  A small portion of the proceeds from any purchase you make by using this link will go to support Mindflight.  I buy from Blick, and I’ve never found a better art store!)

Interested in drawing again – Inktober day 3

Here’s a drawing that celebrates Inktober, and my new musical interest too!

So, my friends, if you have an interest you’re waiting to pursue, go ahead!  You never know how long life will be.  If you live a long time, you’ll have had a lot more practice!  See my recent post to find ways to put more time in your life.

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Death Metal

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/interest/

Inktober is here again!

It’s October 2nd.  I should have started yesterday.  However, I’ll make up the time!  October is my very favorite month and a truly beautiful time in Arizona.  So here we go, welcome to Inktober!

Feel free to join in – if you have a blog and are participating, comment away so that future readers can see your work too!  I will accept either analog or digital ink.  Maybe if we can get some participation, I can do a little art show at the beginning of the month!

Here is day 1:

Darth Decaf 900
Darth Decaf

 

Here is day 2:

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Shrieker

 

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Improve your drawings – with one simple trick!

Happy Inktober Day number 26!  I missed yesterday so today’s a tip, too.
If you are drawing anything with hard edges, your work will look so much better if you use sharp, clean lines and good perspective. So, how can an enterprising artist keep their fluid, natural lines and combine them with correct mechanical structures without the whole thing looking stiff?

I find that what works best is to rough out my drawing in pencil, so that things still look natural, and then use a clear plastic ruler to redraw anything that needs to be exact. Simple!

That way the woman at the table can still have her beautiful, flowing hair and her frilly dress, but the stripes on her tablecloth will be even and the legs straight. Or the wild horses can still look dynamic and three dimensional, while the old fence posts they are standing near still stand straight and tall with good parallel lines. Think of how the impact might be different if those posts were drawn with wavering unrealistic lines. A great opportunity for contrast would be completely lost.
Paying some attention to how things are really shaped, even in your sketches, will give your work a more grounded, realistic look and bring a hint of professionalism. To me, nothing is sadder than seeing an artist draw a really beautiful figure, animal, or natural landscape – then completely ignore the structure of the piece, so the setting looks skewed and lopsided because none of lines are straight, even when they are supposed to be. It’s a fast way to ruin an otherwise beautiful work.
Best of all, this problem is not only easy to fix, but helps train your eye to be a better artist!