Saturday, October 21, 2017

2017 Inktober - Days 16 through 21

Day 16 - New miniature bear

Day 17 - Lone Oak Cemetery in Leesburg, FL.  Went on a sketchcrawl and we were to combine what we saw in reality plus adding a little creativity to it to fit the Halloween time of year.

The eagle carving was worked in my small S&B Beta journal with Edison pen and Lexy Gray.


This is the one I did to fit the sketchcrawl theme as mentioned above.



Day 18 - Started out as a loosening up continuous line sketch but I did end up lifting my pen off the surface a few times.  Still a looser sketch compared to what I've been doing.


Day 19 - Semi continuous line sketch


Day 20 - While watching TV (dvds) 

Day 21 - Sitting up on a table top in my sunroom

Monday, October 16, 2017

New Toy - Custom Fountain Pen

Saturday before last, my husband and I checked out a store near us that specializes in miniatures called In a Nutshell Miniatures & More.  We went in to see what they might have to go along with my miniature bears I love using as sketching models.

While in the shop, we discovered they also offer custom made pens, razors, and other items where wood and/or acrylic is turned making the barrels or handles to various objects.

I had been inquiring if anyone knew of a person who made custom pens for some time.  I even started getting a catalog that offers the materials and tools to create them hoping my oldest son would take an interest as he loves working with wood and also creates various things out of plastic.  I'm sure if he had time, he'd jump on it but his job, family, and car restoration pretty much takes up all his time.

Anyways.........totally unexpected, I walk into a shop that offers exactly what I was hoping for.

Terry and I returned to the shop this past Saturday to meet Steve Kondo (In a Nutshell Pens and Turnings, Tavares, FL), who makes these pens.  He brought several in for me to see to include extra fine nibs I prefer to use when sketching.  Once I chose a pen style I liked, Mr. Kondo put in an extra fine nib in place of the one that came with it and I really liked how it tested out on paper at the shop.

This pen is different in the way the cap fits on either end.  The cap is magnetic and I loved the pattern on the pen barrel.  What's really nice is that no two pens are alike when turning the blanks for the finished bodies.  You definitely end up with a pen that is truly unique.




The pen comes with a plunger style converter I've never seen before.  All of my converters are twist piston converters.  I thought that was unique.  Plus the pen will take ink cartridges as well.  The nib I chose is a #5 EF two toned steel nib which is from a German company.

Once I got home, I took the pen on a trial run sketching in my Stillman & Birn Beta journal.  The nib feels good on paper but may need some time "breaking in" if there is such a thing.  I didn't clean the nib before using it so it might just be oils on the nib when manufactured.  For someone like me who uses a light pressure when sketching, this nib's ink flow is hit and miss but with any pressure the ink flows nicely.  I might need to change to a lubricating ink but for right now I'll continue with the ink I like most which is the Noodler's Lexington Gray ink.

As a sketcher, the hit and miss ink flow is truly not a bad thing.  I have a tendency to forget to use lost and found lines and a nib that does it for me can only be a plus........LOL  It definitely worked to my advantage when sketching the conure head :-)



Color version using Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils dry and wet brush to blend the colors.


I've already told my husband I'd like to have a custom made ballpoint pen as I enjoy sketching in ballpoint as well.  Plus I learned today that Mr. Kondo also makes dip pen holders.  Can't wait to get these various sketching tools and show off to my sketching pals !!!!





2017 Inktober Days 9 through 15

This continues my study on birds..........



New family member named Mango.  He's a Pineapple Green Cheek Conure who's 3 months old.  He's going to be quite the character presenting us with lots of joy and challenges. 



Those nights I can't find a normally scheduled TV show I like watching (or listening to), I'll flip through channels that air older shows like Ion and USA or turn to Netflix or Hulu.  Came across Chicago PD and thought I'd try it out since I enjoy shows like Law and Order, NCIS, and Criminal Minds.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Autumn Theme Sketching

Not specifically worked for Inktober but additional procreate sketches plus one transferred to journal and painted with watercolor.

The angel was part of a still life set up at our art center for Open Studio Friday last week.  The theme was Fall/Autumn.


These scarecrow figurines are from a collection I have here at home which fit nicely for a Fall/Autumn theme. 

Don't know where my brain was when I put the date on the digital.  I put the year for the day........ooops.


Stillman & Birn Beta journal / Lamy Safari / Lexy Gray ink



2017 Inktober Days 5 through 8

Continuing my bird study for inktober:

Days 5 through 8






Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Inktober 2017 Days 3 and 4 and Other

Day 3 - Worked two sketches



Day 4 - Basic bird skull - different angle



Just playing around with procreate and coloring.   Part of a Halloween salt and pepper shaker set.





Monday, October 2, 2017

Inktober 2017

Although I've decided to join in with the Inktober challenge craze, I'm not exactly following it as it should be followed.  I've basically joined in solely for motivation trying to get back into my sketching after a month where I lacked the interest in doing much of anything.

And unless stated otherwise, I will be using Procreate to create my sketches.  I want to better understand this app and the use of the apple pencil with pen options and pressure sensitivity. 

What I've decided to do to begin this challenge is to study and sketch what I can about birds and bird anatomy.  Hoping to help hone my skills in understanding feather patterns, body/head proportions, feather direction, etc.  I often feel my birds look too stiff so maybe this might help if I truly understand the subject.  And once I have a better understanding I hope it helps me when choosing to simplify with color..........knowing what best to leave out and what to include.

For the 31 days, my subject matter might change but for now I'm leaning towards anything related to our feathered friends.



Day 1 Inktober - Only sketched the words or heading for this challenge.  This was an exercise on pen pressure and pen size.


Day 2 Inktober - Today I've started the actual sketching after days viewing one of my books by John Muir Laws and watching two of his workshop videos a couple of times each.


Bringing September 2017 Up to Date

WOW.........didn't realize I missed the entire month of September sharing any of my work.  But then there really hasn't been that much to share.

For the month, I do have these four sketches:

Stillman & Birn Beta / Lamy w/Lexy Gray Ink - This first sketch was created for a flyer sent out to members of the Leesburg Art League.  We planned an Open Studio Friday event where the members created a Frida Kahlo scarecrow for the yearly scarecrow event downtown.


Procreate sketches:




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