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#inktober days 6-10

11 Oct
[Inktober: 31 Days 31 Drawings, following a prompt list.]

Day 6: ‘sword’. Ink drawing of a swordsman at the ready. Black ink Uni-ball pin pen (0.05 mm).

Ink drawing of a swordsman at the ready

Day 7: ‘shy’. Ink drawing of a shy girl hiding half her face behind a shoulder. Black ink Uni-ball pin pen (0.05 mm).

Ink drawing of a shy girl hiding half her face behind a shoulder

Day 8: ‘crooked’. Ink drawing of the MIT Stata Center, by Frank Gehry. A crooked building. Black ink Uni-ball pin pen (0.05 mm), and grey soft brush Pitt Artist Pen.

Ink drawing of the MIT Stata Center, by Frank Gehry. A crooked building.

Day 9: ‘screech (owl)’. Ink drawing of a screeching barn owl. Black ink Uni-ball pin pen (0.05 mm).

Ink drawing of a screeching barn owl

Day 10: ‘gigantic’. Ink drawing of a couple taking a selfie in front of Dancing Nana, by Niki de Saint Phalle, an exhibit on the bank of La Seine since 1995. Black ink Uni-ball pin pen (0.05 mm), and Pentel brush pen.

Ink drawing of a couple taking a selfie in front of Dancing Nana, by Niki de Saint Phalle.

Inktober’s prompt list:

Inktober prompt list

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#inktober days 1-5

7 Oct
[Inktober: 31 Days 31 Drawings, following a prompt list.]

I’m doing Inktober again and I like it. It was fun last year. I’m rather pleased with what I did thus far. I have the impression I have progressed. It takes me 2 to 3 hours every night, depending on how long I need to find my subject, then I focus without interruption till I’m done and realise my coffee is cold, I have not smoked and I’ve done something pretty.

Day 1: ‘swift’. Drawing of a swordsman wielding a Japanese sword. Black ink Uni-ball pin pen (0.05 mm), and grey soft brush Pitt Artist Pen.

Drawing of a swordsman wielding a Japanese sword

Day 2: ‘divided’. Wooden jigsaw puzzle of three camels, one separated from the others and slightly behind. Black ink Uni-ball pin pen (0.05 mm), and grey soft brush Pitt Artist Pen.

Wooden jigsaw puzzle of three camels, one separated from the others and slightly behind

Day 3: ‘poison’. Poisonous frog viewed from above, in black and white, with black spots. In real-life, these are green and black. Black ink Uni-ball pin pen (0.05 mm).

Poisonous frog viewed from above, in black and white, with black spots

Day 4: ‘underwater’. Still woman immersed, the top of her head breaking the water. Black ink Uni-ball pin pen (0.05 mm), and grey soft brush Pitt Artist Pen.

Still woman immersed, the top of her head breaking the water

Day 5: ‘(so) long’. A sailing ship at sea, far away on the horizon, big waves in the foreground, and cloudy heavy sky. Copy of work by Bernie Wrightson, who was much much gifted than I am. Still I quite like my work. Black ink Uni-ball pin pen (0.05 mm).

A sailing ship at sea, far away on the horizon, big waves in the foreground, and cloudy heavy sky

Inktober’s prompt list:

Inktober prompt list

#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.