So, as you know, all through October I took part in the Inktober drawing challenge. The idea is to draw in ink as often as you can throughout the month, although most people seem to aim for daily drawings and that’s what I went for too.
Unlike the daily drawings that I set for myself in other months, I decided to not have a theme and a lot of the time that did make things more difficult because it creates a good atmosphere for procrastination while you decide what to draw.
I spent one week of October in Toledo in Spain and that gave me lots of new inspiration for drawings, especially since we stayed in a house that had a lovely view across some of the city’s rooftops. So for a while Inktober became my motivation to keep a travel journal.
Some days I knew exactly what I wanted to draw and other days it was more of a struggle. Some drawings I was pleased with and others I wished I’d not done, or had taken more time over. Some were from ‘real life’ and others from photos and some feel more finished or ‘polished’ than others but that’s just how these things go.
You can see each of the individual drawings on my Instagram feed (and also on Twitter), where I shared them each day, and if you click on the collages in this post you can see a higher res version of each of them on Flickr (although the layout of the collages means that some of the drawings have been cropped slightly).
Did you take part in Inktober? If you did, please let me know in the comments below where I can find your drawings because I enjoy seeing all the different styles from that month.
P.S. Because I’m a day out of sync with my posts this week, my links post will be going up on Saturday instead of Friday.
So far I’ve drawn a picture each day for Inktober. Whether that will last, I don’t know but this is what I’ve got so far. 6 drawings, all done directly in ink, all black and white, some drawn from photos, others from ‘real life’.
As I mentioned last week, I’ve not more “Early Inktober”
Tomorrow I’ll draw the last person drawing in my Daler Rowney sketchbook. My plan was to probably choose another theme and draw something else every day during October but like I said last week, I was just waiting to see what felt right.
So when I start my shiny more “Inktober in October”
This is a rough sketch of a David Hockney painting called ‘My Parents’ for Sketchbook Skool‘s Boot Kamp. The idea with this assignment was to look carefully at a piece of art and write your observations alongside it.
I kept putting off doing this homework because I couldn’t decide which drawing or painting to look at. Then, last night I noticed a postcard of this painting on my coffee table that I’d bought on my trip to the Tate Britain the other week and thought I’d just go with that one.
It looks quite a simple painting but there seems to be a lot more going on in it than I think I noticed at first glance. In particular, another part of the room is reflected in the mirror and now I want to go and look at the original of this work and read more about it to find out if there’s any significance to the things in the mirror.
My main thought as I was drawing it was that it reminds me of a Renaissance painting called The Marriage of Arnolfini, or The Arnolfini Marriage, which shows a man and woman standing side by side, with a mirror on the wall behind them, reflecting another part of the room. There’s a lot more symbolism in that painting, which is what made me wonder if there’s more to this piece by Hockney too.
What I like about this though, is that unlike the Arnolfini painting, it’s not perfectly symmetrical. His Dad is sitting at an angle and in a different position from his Mother but there’s still balance to the composition. I also like the light coming in high from the left side because the shadows create interesting depth to what could otherwise be quite a flat painting.
It’s funny what you notice when you draw something.
I’m using a Leuchtturm sketchbook at the moment. My last 2 sketchbooks have been Moleskine watercolour pads but trying to use watercolours in the Leuchtturm has been a bit tricky.
The paper is nice and thick (180g/m²) so ink and paint tend not to show through the other side of the page. That is unless, like me, you slosh a lot of water around on the page and then there can be a tiny bit of seepage but nothing major.
The bigger problem I’ve had is that the paint dries quite quickly so brush strokes can be visible where you don’t want them to be and it makes it difficult to blend colours on the page. And of course the paper wrinkles a bit as it dries too but then I think that’s to be expected.
Because of this I decided to practise a bit more with coloured pencils instead of watercolours and they work really nice on the smooth, white paper in the Leuchtturm book. So I think I’ll use this sketchbook mostly with pencil and coloured pencils and maybe some pen and ink drawings because it’s really not designed for watercolour paints. Plus it means I get to play around with other media for a change.
This drawing is of my living room. It’s not strictly an observational drawing though, so if you did happen to stare through the keyhole of my front door this isn’t quite the view you would get (in case you were thinking of doing that)!
I bought a copy of Andrea Joseph‘s book recently, which arrived last week. It inspired me to have a go at drawing from imagination and I also fancied learning how to draw a ‘fish-eye’ view too so that was interesting. I don’t think the perspective is perfect but it’s good enough.
I’m still trying to work out how anyone would manage to sit on my sofa if the coffee table was as close to it as I’ve drawn it here.