Finishing up with real ink (since it’s not digital, does that make it analog?) with a piece of watercolor paper over a printout of the digital sketch and a lightbox.
My first attempt at drawing with pen & ink (olde school, dipping a nib into an ink bottle). While difficult, it’s all a part of a new inking process I’m working on. The ink wash was frustrating too, but I was finally successful when I just kept it simple and felt comfortable painting right over my lines without fear of making an error.
I went through a lot of paper on this one, but overall I’m pleased with the result and look forward to doing more minimal sketches like this.
Snow day sketch day! 1cm of snow has shut down Asheville, so I’m moving ahead quicker on my next piece, which is also developing my new style/process.
Step 1: In my sketchbook, I take notes, practice the figure, and lay out the composition.
Step 2: I begin working toward a more refined sketch with tablet & Photoshop. I prefer the ability to infinitely adjust my work that this medium provides. I use a simple round brush at 33% opacity, which allows for a more corrective line stroke.
Step 3: Still using the tablet, I refine the sketch further. Since this process requires venturing into new techniques, I wanted to make a digital image that mimics how the final ink drawing will look.
Next: I’ll ink over a printout of this sketch using india ink, micron pens, and a lightbox.
I had some small canvas laying around, so I decided to make a series of 3 small ink paintings on them. I’m working out a new style that will combine ink wash, my usual line style, and digital color. I do like having my illustrations on a tiny wrapped-canvas, but I’ll stick to paper going forward.
I’m setting some big goals for myself, including continuing to settle into my art classroom, creating some new original content, developing a new style, and getting a second printing (already!) of my Coloring Book.
Most significantly, Lindsey & I are getting married in June. This is a logo I designed that represents the theme of our wedding and will be included on the invitations, favors, etc.