Inktober Day 18 – Marty

Going rogue today and using my morning blob sketched with ink as my Inktober for the day….I had an assignment to describe a character in 25 words or less and although I had a different one already to go, this guy was very pushy and demanded a chance to be developed.

The dragon is out chasing squirrels….

Inktober Day 14 – Armor

Ok, I told the dragonet this morning that he had to wear armor today. The conversation did not go well…

“D – “don’t want to wear armor! It’s too heavy and hot!!

Me – “ Oh for heavens sake, it’s only for about 30 minutes.”

D – “why do I have to wear ARMOR? Why can’t the Little Witch wear it? Who’s idea was this, anyway?

Me – “Jake Parker’s. The guy who invented Inktober. And the Little Witch is at work.”

D – “I wanna flame him!”

Me – “That wouldn’t be nice. Put the armor on and I promise I’ll sketch you quickly!”

D – “30 Minutes! That’s it! Then I’m going to the beach!”

Me – “ok ok! Shush! Let me get this done!”

30 minutes later….

D – “30 minutes are up.”

Me – (stalling) “not yet.”

D – “I was watching the clock! 35 minutes already!” I’m hot!

Me – “Almost done!”

D – “Now?”

Me – “I saw the big lizards out front. You can have them if you give me 2 more minutes!”

D – “(resigned) “ok.”

I finished the sketch. I didn’t need the dragonet for the rest.

He trots out the door toward the big palm trees out front.

Me – (calling after him) “There’s two really big rainbow lizards. Try to not to scorch the palm tree. And don’t eat the anoles!”

D – (from outside) “Uh oh! I ate a little brown one.”

Me – ( sighing) “Ok but don’t eat anymore!”

I hear a screeching ruckus…

Me – “ What was that?!”

D – (while eating) “ I accidentally ate one of those big mouth ( munch) blue birds.”

Me – (head smack, sighing again) “a Blue Jay? Don’t eat any more!“

He never went to the beach. He’s laying out by the pool sleeping in the sun. He ate two Blue Jays.

Inktober Day 12 – Slippery

Worked on this last evening and forgot to post it because I have been reading the new Hunger Games book,”The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” by Suzanne Collins and I dove into that before posting my sketch. And I stayed up late to finish it. Good book! Oh well. Remembered this morning and I am posting it now. I already printed out a copy and wrote out the postcard for my mom so that’s ready to be mailed this morning.

I almost didn’t work on my Inktober sketch either. I was feeling uninspired so I had to push through this one. It took me a while to envision a dragon slipping on a slick surface. I am glad I persevered.

It’s funny how over the past few years my Inktober sketches seem to take their own direction based on the prompts. This year seems to be more focused on the dragon. I am working in a 4×6 sketchbook so I am also working small. Once this sketchbook is full I’ll probably move to larger more detailed scenes.

Inktober Day 10 – Hope

Today’s prompt for Inktober is “hope.” Witches are born with a different sort of immunity which COVID doesn’t affect, but the Little Witch and dragonet have lots of human friends. In this year of a pandemic, HOPE means that we are praying for a swift end to this world crisis. HOPE also means that this virus gets conquered by a vaccine or mutates into something benign.

HOPE

We hope that in two and half months, we ring in 2021; the New Year, the way 2020 was supposed to be.

HOPE

Life returns to a better versions of pre-pandemic, but hopefully we’ll all be wiser and treasure every day as the gift it is.

Inktober Day 9 “Citrus”

I didn’t like the Inktober Prompt of “throw” so fortunately there are a lot of alternative lists out there this year. They Draw and Cook has a food list and today is “citrus” so that’s the one I chose to do.

The little dragonet, who is growing and isn’t quite so little anymore, is just like any other animal in the house when it comes to food on the table. In this case, it’s a refreshing pitcher of a lemonade, orange and lime mix.

I chose not to use color because I think it works ok without color. I didn’t color my mom’s version this time, either.

Inktober Day 3 – Bulky

So the dragonet didn’t have a name but Sid kept coming to mind. Since the dragonet is a Pern dragon, it couldn’t be a normal name, it had to be a Pern name, so his name is Sideth.

Sideth is growing like a weed. He misses his friend, Kitty. I did this in Ink and I just think it looks fine in B&W so I left it.

A page spread develops – artistic process

These are my sketches for a page spread that I am doing for my children’s book course. I had a ton of ideas and I did a bunch of thumbnails, but I opted for the simplest design in order not to get frustrated, and could complete it within the time frame allotted. Advice that I received from Koosje Koene many moons ago…. Keep It Simple Stupid, and that’s what I did.

I didn’t realize I had to include text, too. I added that at the end.

My scene will have seagulls. I have tons of reference photos that I have taken over the years…and I took more to ensure I had enough poses. Seagulls are easy for me since I have sketched them so many times before. My favorites are laughing gulls and they are all over the place here so that was a no brainer for me. I think there are laughing gulls in half of my sketchbooks.

These are my process sketches on how I developed my page spread:

Thumbnail…which you will probably look at and say “Whhhhaaaatt?” Yes, this thumbnail led to the following sketches:

Below is the next stage. They don’t quite look like seagulls, do they? I put notes about where to look for my references…I actually had to go in and find all my seagull photos that I have taken over the years and name the photos so I could find them easier. I really need to do a better job organizing the photos I take with my iPhone.

Here is my draft. I sketched the gulls in pencil on vellum so that I can erase easier. Those two lines in the middle are the “gutter” where the page will be split for binding so I have to allow for that. I transferred this image to two 9×12 mixed media sheets of paper so that I can scan the final product on my scanner. I will show the final on tomorrow’s post.