For today’s Doodlewash prompt of berries, I opted for a little bird eyeing some, since I’ve exhausted all options of berry desserts I can think of in previous sketches. Since “exhausted” was the Inktober 2018 prompt today, and that weirdly fit into my random line of thinking, I decided to switch to black ink and ink things up a bit more before quickly splashing on some watercolor. In truth, I meant to switch to black ink all month to truly celebrate Inktober, but was too busy to refill my empty black fountain pen until today. While I love to draw with ink in either sepia or black, I can’t possibly give up color or, more specifically, adding a bit more dimension with watercolor, so this is my compromise. But, I’m thrilled by all of the graphic and wonderful ink-only sketches flooding my social feeds for Inktober. It’s wonderful and inspiring to see what people are creating in only a bit of black ink! Though I have painted some watercolors with just a pencil sketch first, I love sketching with ink most, and nearly everything I make always starts there. So, I happily celebrate #Inktober2018, and hope everyone participating is having a fabulous time! (if you’d like to see the ink-only version of this and other doodlewashes, please read on for the full story!)
Inktober 2018 Drawings
What I’ve found most fun about using ink is the permanency that creates little imperfections along the way that you simply can’t edit. I sometimes sketch with pencil first and other times just launch in with ink, when it’s something I’m more familiar with drawing. And though I have tried just splashing color here and there over the ink, I’m never as satisfied with the results. So, my personal approach always seeks to add dimension and modeling when applying color. This is simply what I find the most fun. In a word, I purposely “overdo” it in an effort to add a touch more depth. Today’s little doodlewash exhibits the extent of my restraint when it comes to adding watercolor. As you you can see from the initial sketch of this doodlewash, my ink sketches themselves are a bit more like pages in a coloring book, since I know that watercolor will be added shortly after. And my inner child, of course, thinks this is really pretty cool.
Drawing is perfectly fundamental to painting, even if you end up creating incredibly abstract works. So, I applaud each and every one of you who have taken up the Inktober 2018 challenge! It’s a wonderful way to practice those core skills that make our future paintings more awesome! When I very first started painting, I realized I needed to brush up on my drawing skills a bit more. Though I gleefully painted all through that first July, I joined the Drawing August challenge the very next month. You can see those ink drawings by clicking here. These I only posted to the Twitter group for the challenge, and then I added the watercolor version to each one that actually appeared in this blog. I contemplated showing both versions all month long for Inktober 2018, but I’m often so rushed these days that I have to just jump in with watercolor before I have time to scan the original. I did, however, manage to snag a scan of one of my recent flowers in a jar, which I’ve shown here. Yep, just another piece of a coloring book page that I make each and every day. I blame that child inside and happily thank him for the inspiration. I adore ink so much, and so you’ll always find me happily celebrating Inktober 2018 with a bit of watercolor!
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Aureolin, Vermilion, and Indigo (my “Vintage” Trio!) + Quinacridone Red. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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