#drawvember: days 21-30

3 Dec

These ten drawings conclude #drawvember. Each took me more or less time, depending on how long I could take, or the sort of drawing I was keen on making. I can’t make time to draw everyday in December so I’ll take a break after an enjoyable two-month sprint. 


Day 21: Three Musketeers. As seen in the Air France in flight magazine, an ad for a show, I believe. Turquoise, yellow and crimson watercolour applied with a drawing pen. 
blue, yellow abd red contours of three musketeers


Day 22: Caracasablanca. As seen again in an ad in the Air France in flight magazine. Toucan overlooking rainforest and desert dunes which five camels climb. Watercolour. 
Toucan overlooking rainforest and desert dunes which five camels climb


Day 23: Poppies. Watercolour painting of a man riding a horse and following a dog in a field of poppies.
Watercolour painting of a man riding a horse and following a dog in a field of poppies.


Day 24: Cat. Grey prisms done using shades of grey Faber-Castell PITT artist brush pens. White posca pen.
Cat standing, done in grey prisms done using shades of grey Faber-Castell PITT artist brush pens. White posca pen.


Day 25: Sailboats and trees on a hill. Black ink drawing using a Uni pin pen. After Hiroshige. 
Sailboats and trees on a hill. Black ink drawing using a Uni pin pen. After Hiroshige.


Day 26: White wild roses (after Van Gogh). Colour felt tip pens.
White wild roses (after Van Gogh).


Day 27: Man in a tree (after Marc-Antoine Mathieu). Black Uni pin pens (0.1 mm, 0.5 mm).
Man in a tree (after Marc-Antoine Mathieu)


Day 28: The Vagabond, by Inoue Takehiko. Black Uni pin pen and Pentel Brushpen drawing from the manga.
Close-up of the eye, brow, ear and side of the nose of The Vagabond, by Inoue Takehiko.


Day 29: Batik. As seen in the Kaili Ethnic Minorities Museum in China, province of Guizhou, last April. That drawing took me nearly 3 hours. Black ink drawing of batik fabric patterns: fish, flowers and leaves, using a black Uni pin pen and Pentel Brushpen.
Black ink drawing of batik fabric patterns: fish, flowers and leaves


Day 30: Nude woman reclining, seen from the back. After Van Gogh. I had precious little time for the last day. A quick pencil sketch on a small surface of the art book and I then used a black Uni pin pen (0.1 mm). Nude woman reclining, seen from the back. After Van Gogh
Goulwen thought the inking wasn’t right, but then he’s a specialist and I’m not. I asked if he’d show us and he did! Beautifully. 

#drawvember: days 11-20

20 Nov

I know one great way to end the day and wash away the worries of work (tee hee), but when that’s not an option, I draw :) 

Since last summer, I have happily neglected the drawing iPad apps that I favoured these past few years, because  of the *feeling* actual tools and materials provide. Feeling what I’m drawing is something I have always missed on the iPad. On the other hand, there are limited “undo” options with actual materials. Each context is very different and both have advantages and drawbacks. At the moment, I am having the most fun with non digital art. 

I drew everyday in October for #inktober and liked it so much, and made enough progress that I wanted to continue, hence #drawvember. The first 10 are in #drawvember: days 1-10.

Day 11: Bird on a bough. Uniball black pin pen, Faber-Castell grey soft brush pen, watercolour. 10×15 cm.Bird on the bough of a tree in bloom

Day 12: Japanese woman in yukata holding an umbrella. Uniball black pin pen, watercolour. 10×15 cm.Japanese woman in yukata holding an umbrella and seen from the back.

Day 13: Lavender fields in Provence. watercolour. 10×15 cm. Lavender fields, country house, trees and hills.

Day 14: Octopus and fish. Uniball black pin pen (0.05 mm).Octopus and fish, filled out with different thin and delicate patterns

Day 15: Nose and mouth. Pixels. Uniball black pin pens. Nose and mouth done in pixels

Day 16: Nemo, Dory & Bruce. From a “Finding Nemo” preparatory sketch by Ricky Nierva. Uniball black pin pens, Faber-Castell grey soft brush pens, watercolour. Nemo, Dory & Bruce; fish and shark right behind them.

Day 17: Sailboat at sea. Black Indian ink and pen. Sailboat at sea

Day 18: Ryu. A dragon. Faber-Castell grey soft brush pens and water. Red Chinese seal (a gift from my trip in China last Spring) saying my name and its equivalent in Chinese. 10×15 cm. Dragon in grey shades.

Day 19: Powdering the neck. Reproduction of a Kitagawa Utamaro Ukiyo-e that I saw at the Guimet Museum in Paris last month. Uniball black pin pens, Faber-Castell grey soft brush pens. 10×15 cm. Powdering the neck. Reproduction of a Kitagawa Utamaro Ukiyo-e. Woman seen from behind, a hand on her neck, and the reflection of her face in the mirror she holds.

Day 20: A swirl of cats. Jedi and Mo sharing one basket. Uniball black pin pen (0.1 mm). black ink drawing of my two cats sharing one basket.

#drawvember: days 1-10

11 Nov

I drew everyday of October for Inktober and liked it so much and improved, that I chose to continue in November. I continue to draw on a Canson 10.5×15.6cm sketch artbook. I’m not following any prompt this month. Here are the first ten.

Day 1: Coi carp. Faber-Castell PITT artist brush pens in shades of grey (and a bit of water).Coi carp

Day 2: EVE from Wall-e. Uniball pin pen 0.05 mm, watercolour. EVE from Wall-e

Day 3: Detail of a Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein (1983). Uniball pin pen 0.05 mm.Detail of a Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein (1983) showing a woman from behind in a graveyard

Day 4: Panda eating bamboo. Faber-Castell PITT artist brush pens in shades of grey. Panda eating bamboo

Day 5: Hokusai’s Cuckoo and Azaleas. Uniball pin pen 0.05 mm, watercolour, Faber-Castell PITT artist brush pens in shades of grey.Hokusai's Cuckoo and Azaleas, where a cuckoo dives down towards azaleas,mits beak open

Day 6: Kawase Hasui’s Miyajima Shrine in snow. Uniball pin pen 0.05 mm, colour pencils.Kawase Hasui's Miyajima Shrine in snow. Buildings on the left, torii and trees on the right, snow falling.

Day 7: Anna Lee Fisher. Black and white portrait of Anna Lee Fisher, American astronaut, wearing her helmet. Uniball pin pen 0.05 mm, Faber-Castell PITT artist brush pens in shades of grey, waterbrush.Black and white portrait of Anna Lee Fisher, American astronaut, wearing her helmet

Day 8: Peacock and flowers. Motif adorning a vase at the Musée Guimet in Paris. Uniball pin pen 0.1 mm, watercolour. Peacock and flowers

Day 9: Girl wearing a yukata. Watercolour.Girl wearing a yukata

Day 10: Morning Star. Detail of Alfons Mucha’s Morning Star. PITT artist brush pens in shades of grey. Detail of Alfons Mucha's Morning Star

#inktober days 26-31

31 Oct
[Inktober: 31 Days 31 Drawings, with a theme list, in case one needs inspiration.]


Day 26: box. Ballerina on a music box. Black ink drawing of a ballerina on a music box


Day 27: creepy. Reproduction in black ink of one of Franquin’s drawing from Les Idées Noires. Umbrella turning into a bat and lifting the man holding it. 
Reproduction in black ink of one of Franquin's drawing from Les Idées Noires. Umbrella turning into a bat and lifting the man holding it.


Day 28: burn. Black ink reproduction of John Byrne’s Jean Grey and Phoenix. 
Black ink reproduction of John Byrne's Jean Grey and Phoenix


Day 29: surprise. Small boy opening a birthday present. 
Small boy opening a birthday present.


Day 30: wreck. Shipwreck. Black ink and pen.Shipwreck. Black ink and pen.


Day 31: friend. Three friends playing in front of a mammoth statue. 


Inktober’s prompt list: Inktober's prompt list with suggested themes for everyday.