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#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.

#inktober days 11-15

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

Day 11: transport. Because love transports and moves people. Because I am in love.
Black ink and red felt pen showing a branch with leaves and heart-shaped red leaves. Two red birds on a branch facing each other, their wings shaped as a heart.  Black ink and red felt pen showing a branch with leaves and heart-shaped red leaves. Two red birds on a branch facing each other.


Day 12: worried. I *was* worried that day! Took me forever to get started and draw. That was appropriate. 

Black ink and watercolour showing an reproduction of Munch’s The Scream. Black ink and watercolour showing an reproduction of Munch's The Scream.


Day 13: scared. Black ink drawing of a scared eye.Black ink drawing of a scared eye.


Day 14: tree. This is inspired by a print by Hiroshige. 

Black ink drawing of a big tree by a lake, three tiny peopke underneath and three cranes taking off above the water. Black ink drawing of a big tree by a lake, three tiny peopke underneath and three cranes taking off above the water.


Day 15: relax. My boy a couple weeks ago (except it doesn’t look like him.)

Black ink drawing of a boy reading a comics book on a rocking chair.Black ink drawing of a boy reading a comics book on a rocking chair.


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

#inktober days 6-10

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

Day 6: hidden. Black ink drawing of a woman hidden partially by a hood.
ink drawing of a woman hooded

Day 7: lost. Black ink drawing of a man in the desert in front of a post with elements which shadow on the ground forms an arrow. (Cf. Marc-Antoine Mathieu)black ink drawing of a man in the desert in front of a post with elements which shadow on the ground forms an arrow

Day 8: rock. Black ink and light watercolour picturing pebbles piled on top of a rock in green water. Black ink and light watercolour picturing pebbles piled on top of a rock in green water

Day 9: broken. Black ink and grey/blue watercolour picturing broken glass.
Black ink and grey watercolour picturing broken glass.

Day 10: jump. Black ink and grey watercolour showing a horse jumping. Black ink and grey watercolour showing a horse jumping


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

Making Christmas cards

6 Dec

I started to make Christmas cards yesterday, thinking that was going to be a quick thing. Wrong.

I wanted to use either or both watercolour pencils and watercolour pens. I went for the latter.

The pens are easy enough to use. Either apply colour on paper and quickly work with a brush and water, or apply colour on a plastic surface and mix on brush with water. My paper was barely thick enough, but that will do. 

I sketched my scene, cut the elements, did the layout, drew on paper, painted cut out the elements and glued them.

Tada!

Christmas cards with red baubles 

And I continued today, with different colours.

 Christmas cards with blue baubles 

Update 12 December: I made a few more this week:

 Christmas cards with Santa and reindeer 

 Christmas cards with Santa, presents and little cabin 

I intend to create a few more and hope there is time, as it’s quite time-consuming.

Update 19 December: I made a few more today and I’m done:

 Christmas cards with Santa and reindeer; and with Santa, presents and little cabin  

Photo of all the Christmas cards I made this month