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Inktober 2016, Day 1-7

Through one of the new members in our Urban Sketchers group, I learnt about Inktober and thought I’d give it a shot. I’m not sure I’ll be able to participate through the whole month, as I’m starting a new job on the 18th and will be dead tired for the first couple of weeks.

But until then I’ll try to do an ink drawing every day. I’ll post them each Saturday until I catch up with the drawings for September, then I’ll do an entry ever Monday with my Inktober drawings. Maybe not all of them. I’ll save my urban sketches for Sundays still 😉 That’s why some days will be missing from these entries.

Day 1: Pirate Wench

pirate-wench

I started off Inktober by cheating a little, using ProMarkers as well as ink pen. Though, since I wanted the inking to be the focus, I used ProMarkers to form simple colour blocks. I regret the background so, so much. The scanner has also done poorly on reproducing the colours – the bandana and skirt are not yellow, but lime green. I didn’t notice until now when I sat down to post this. I’ll redo it later.

As you can see, I got to use one of my sketches from the figure drawing event for this image. I plan to revisit this character again for Inktober.

Day 3: Staircase

staircase

For day three, I finished an old drawing I had laying about. I began sketching this staircase back in July, when I was in Scania, and it’s from the house I was staying in. Marble stairs are scary to walk in, but striking to look at.

I’m fond of the textures in this one.

Day 4: Cat

tabby

I was feeling a bit tired and uninspired, so I decided to keep it very simple for day four and draw a tabby. It’s been a while since I drew a cat and I think it turned out really cute.

Day 5: Dandelion

dandelion

Not the most creative picture I’ve ever drawn, but I think it turned out rather well.

Day 6: Tree

tree

For the sixth day I decided to draw a tree, something I’ve wanted to work on. It turned out rather well, despite me losing interest halfway through and being a little sloppy.

Day 7: Tarantula

tarantula

It’s kind of obligatory to draw a spider when Halloween’s approaching, so I drew this tarantula. I think it’s my first time drawing a spider and I’m rather happy with the result.

I do regret the shadowing beneath the body, though. Parts of it looks fine, other parts look really off.

Sketch: Gravestone at the Cemetery

I met up once again with the group of Urban Sketchers. This time we went to another cemetery, called Norra kyrkogÄrden (Northern Cemetery.)

I found an interesting gravestone to draw:

gravestone

I wanted to work on perspective and on drawing a scene, not a lone structure. This oddly shaped gravestone with its benches and the bushes that flanked it on either side gave me an opportunity to work with this.

Experimented a little with structure on the left bush and didn’t feel too happy with the result, but felt that I had to commit once I’d started. I felt a little happier with it the next day. The empty space behind the gravestone bothered me, but adding the trees in the bakground would make it feel cluttered. Now I’m not too bothered by it. I feel that a lot of my craft knowledge is coming back, piece by piece, and that it’s getting easier to get back into the rhythm of things.

September 11th 2016.

Sketch: Graveyard

As I mentioned earlier today, I did a second sketch at the graveyard. I called it “quick and dirty,” which is kind of what it is:

matteuskyrkogÄrden2

I kept it really, really simplistic. Basically I just wanted to capture the graves, the hedges and the wall farther behind them. Even while it’s so basic, I still like it. I like the lines, the shadowing, the feeling in the picture. Sometimes even a really simple sketch like this will turn out rather well.

July 24th 2016.

Sketch: Well

For my second meet up with the sketchers from the local Urban Sketchers took place at a graveyard. Spooky. There’s a lot of interesting geometrical shapes in a graveyard, so there’s a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it also happened to be one of the hottest days of summer which didn’t make one inclined to work very hard.

I had scouted out this well beforehand that I wanted to draw:

matteuskyrkogÄrden

I started off with a whole lot of enthusiasm, which quickly died down as the heat beat down on me. Sometimes I’m not very patient when I draw and I ended up feeling rather frustrated working on this sketch, so I abandoned it before I probably should have. I do have a reference pic snapped, so I will probably revisit the well in the future and do another picture of it.

One of the probable reasons why I ended up frustrated is because from the position I was sitting, the perspective was really weird. I don’t feel I quite got it. But I like my use of hatching and crosshatching, and the shadowing.

I did another quick and dirty sketch from this meet up, which will be up later today.

July 24th 2016.

Sketch: Tree and streetlight

For my first meet-up with the urban sketchers gang, I also started on another drawing, which I didn’t have time to finish that day. Using a reference picture I finished it the next day at home:

folkparken2

I saw another interesting tree next to a street lamp and thought it’d make a nice composition. For some reason the street lamp makes me think of Narnia, one of my childhood favourites.

This picture turned out a bit better, I think. Probably because I was a little more warmed up, but mostly because there’s a bit more background. I’m really happy with the shadowing and textures, particularly with the street lamp.

July 18th 2016.

Sketch: Trees in the park

Before leaving for Scania, I had found my local chapter (or what should I call it? Group?) of Urban Sketchers but hadn’t had quite the courage to meet up with them. After I got back I decided to join.

We met at one of the parks in my city, called Folkparken (the people’s park, roughly.) I still felt really rusty, so I decided to do a simple sketch of a couple of trees:

folkparken

I liked the shape of the tree in the front and the way that the shadows played over it. But as I worked, the sun changed position so that the shadows kept moving and made my life a bit difficult.

It’s still noticeable how out of practice I was, but I’m happy with the shadow and light and the textures. In hindsight, I should have expanded the background more so that the trees wouldn’t seem to float around in a big empty space.

July 17th 2016.

 

Sketch: Girl in front of fountain

I battled a serious illness last fall, which put me into a serious artistic slump. The last dated drawing in my sketchpad was from October before July this year when I went to Scania with my family and I produced a quick and dirty sketch:

little girl at the fountain

We went to Torup’s Castle, where I caught sight of a little girl in front of the fountain. I didn’t dare to snap a picture, but quickly threw down a rough sketch of the scene as remembered it. The little blonde girl in her blue dress in front of the water, surrounded by blue and red flowers, made a nice composition. I just jotted down the basic details quickly, not caring much about proportions, just wanting to remember the basics. You can tell I haven’t picked up a pencil in nine months, but I still thought I’d share it as it did get me back on track again.

I’ve plans to turn this into a watercolour painting later.