Inktober 2018 part 2

Inktober 2018 part 2

The Ocean Edition: It’s a wrap! 

Inktober Group 5
Inktober Group 5

I made it to the end & managed to keep top my goals, allowing for both some growth & some refinement along the way. 

Je suis parvenu à la fin et j’ai réussi à ne pas dépasser mes objectifs, ce qui a permis à la fois de la croissance et du raffinement.

Inktober Group 6
Inktober Group 6

One area I felt the need to stretch out a bit was more colour when the subject required it.

Un domaine dans lequel j’ai ressenti le besoin de s’étendre un peu était la couleur lorsque le sujet le demandait.

Inktober Group 7
Inktober Group 7

Once again, feel free to check out my Instagram @paintgirl21 for the individual images.

Encore une fois, n’hésitez pas à consulter mon compte Instagram @ paintgirl21 pour les images individuelles.

Inktober Group 8
Inktober Group 8

Inktober 2018 part 1

Are you unfamiliar with Inktober?

I’m making another attempt at Inktober again. Check out my previous posts here

It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover, to your surprise, that you have rendered something in its true character. ~Camille Pissarro

Inktober
Inktober

Inktober is a 31-day-long ink focused, personal challenge art project. For some artists that may seem a formidable task to take on, but it can be manageable. That was an intention of Jake Parker’s when he created the challenge. Here’s Jake’s explanation. 

Inktober est un projet artistique axé sur l’encre qui dure 31 jours et qui peut sembler une tâche difficile à assumer par de nombreux artistes, mais il peut être gérable – une intention de Jake Parker lorsqu’il a créé le défi.

2018 prompt list for Inktober
2018 prompt list for Inktober

You are by no means required to follow the annual prompts list, it’s just some random suggestions to help you think outside the box.

Vous n’êtes en aucun cas tenu de suivre la liste annuelle des invites, ce ne sont que quelques suggestions aléatoires pour vous aider à sortir des sentiers battus.

The Ocean Edition 

Having a theme can help you know what to draw, as it narrows down a potentially overwhelming combination of possibilities.  This can also keep the main tone or style of your work consistent.

Avoir un thème peut vous aider à savoir quoi dessiner, car il réduit une combinaison potentiellement énorme de possibilités tout en préservant la cohérence du ton principal ou du style de votre travail.

Inktober Group 1
Inktober Group 1

For this reason, I kept in mind to chose images relating to ocean/sea/beach. Furthermore I limited my colour palette to a grey scale with only a bit of spot colour. 

Dans cet esprit, j’ai choisi des images relatives à l’océan / la mer / la page. De plus, j’ai limité ma palette de couleurs à une échelle de gris avec juste un peu de couleur d’accompagnement.

Inktober Group 2
Inktober Group 2

Here are my first 16 ink drawings. Please feel free to refer to my Instagram account @paintgirl21 for the individual photos. 

Voici mes 16 premiers dessins à l’encre. N’hésitez pas à vous référer à mon compte Instagram @ paintgirl21 pour les photos individuelles.

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Inktober part 4

Inktober part 4, the final round for 2016.

Well I’m glad I made it to the end of Inktober, my latest online artistic challenge. But also glad that I restricted myself to 3 inch square drawings so as to not overwhelm myself. In reflection I think that I would do it & other similar challenges again.

(If you missed my previous Inktober posts you can click for part 1, part 2 & part 3.)

Inktober slow
Inktober slow
Inktober tired
Inktober tired
Inktober surprise
Inktober surprise
Inktober wreck
Inktober wreck
Inktober creepy
Inktober creepy
Inktober one dozen
Inktober one dozen
Inktober box
Inktober box
Inktober burn
Inktober burn
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Inktober Part 3

On with the sketches from part 3 of my Inktober Challenge!

inktober tree
inktober tree

Those of you who are just  joining in here is a link to a video created by Jake Parker, the artist who began Inktober in 2009.

Inktober relax
Inktober relax

I have been keeping with the theme of small Post-It note sized drawings this week so that I can relax sand not stress over the challenge.

Inktober wet
Inktober wet

In retrospect this wet & dismal time of year is perfect to spend time indoors on a creative pursuit such as this.

Inktober battle
Inktober battle
Inktober escape
Inktober escape

I still manage to find time during a weekday escape to do a couple of this week’s sketches.

Inktober flight
Inktober flight

My first inclination for flight was a plane but I stretched myself too think a little outside the box.

Inktober squeeze
Inktober squeeze

I’ll just squeeze in one more sketch before the credits roll 🙂

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Inktober part 2

Inktober part 2! The journey continues.

My second installment of Inktober 2016!

You can click for part 1part 3 & part 4.

Inktober lost
Inktober lost

If you’re feeling a little lost about what I’m talking about, this challenge was begun by Jake Parker.

Inktober hidden
Inktober hidden

Or you can also refer to my previous post.

Inktober rock
Inktober rock

After the first week I realized that if I was going to try to do 31 ink sketches, I would need to limit myself in size & detail. So I chose a 3″ square post it note as my template.

Inktober broken
Inktober broken

So far this challenge had not broken me! I’ve done 15 out of 31, with a couple bonus sketches that I have done while out with the Victoria Urban Sketchers.

Inktober jump
Inktober jump

Off I get to the end successfully I think I may try to take on some other sketch challenges such as Every Day in May. There are of course many more such challenges with varied themes or prompt lists.

 

Inktober transport
Inktober transport
Inktober worried
Inktober worried
Bay Centre sketch
Bay Centre sketch
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Inktober part 1

It’s Inktober!

Inktober hungry
Inktober hungry

And one thing that I like to do when I have the luxury of time is to participate in online art challenges that I discovered through friends or online connections.

You can click for part 2part 3 & part 4..

Inktober
Inktober

One of these initiatives is Inktober which was begun by Jake Parker in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills. The idea being that you draw one picture every day for the entire month of October, resulting in 31 ink pictures by the end of the month.

Inktober noisy man
Inktober noisy man

He guides us as follows :

Inktober rules:

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it online

3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2016

4) Repeat

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.

Inktober fast
Inktober fast

He even provides a list of prompts for each year if you are lacking in inspiration.

Inktober 2016 prompt list
Inktober 2016 prompt list

This has also been reminding me of Danny Gregory‘s book Every Day Matters, in that it reminds us to look around and see the beauty and art potential in the objects that surround us. Like pocket change, if you look closely at the details there are history lessons, iconic animals and a little pocket lint 😉

Inktober coin collection
Inktober coin collection

As I have mentioned before, I am one of the  co-coordinators the Victoria Urban Sketchers group. We meet bi-weekly around town to sketch together from what we see in our surroundings, not from photographs. Here a couple samples:

Café sketch
Café sketch
School house wall
School house wall
Café sketch by Rick Thomas
Café sketch of me by Rick Thomas
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From Urban Sketch to Note Cards & Mugs

A tribute in cards.

I am honoured that some of my art was selected for a set of note cards and mugs.

A fellow artist spotted my urban sketch of of the Cridge Centre as she browsing through my sketch book one day.

My original watercolour and ink sketch of the Cridge Centre.
My original watercolour and ink sketch of the Cridge Centre.

She remarked on it because she is on the Board of Director’s of The Cridge Centre for the Family.

Months passed by and forgot about it when she came back to me and requested a scan of the image so that she may have it made into note cards. Today she brought by the finished results and I’m thrilled!

My sketch of the Cridge Centre for the Family made into note cards & mugs.
My sketch of the Cridge Centre for the Family made into note cards & mugs.

I am one of the organizers of the Victoria Urban Sketchers, our local chapter of the international Urban Sketchers organization. We meet every second Saturday morning in different areas around Greater Victoria to sketch as a group.

This is one way I have been able to regularly channel my creative energy. We all have busy lives, but even when I’ve been overwhelmed with everything the universe decides to throw at me I’ve managed to maintain this art habit.

 

The Cridge Centre is a great exterior to sketch. The grounds surrounding this turn-of-the-century brick building are filled with old oak trees, flowing shrubs and rock outcroppings.

Cridge Centre photo
Cridge Centre photo from 2015.

The British Columbia Protestant Orphans’ Home had humble, unpretentious beginnings. As the need arose for more beds, funds were raised from the community to build the Taylor building high on a hill in 1893. It now houses Seniors and provides many other valuable services to families in our community.

Historic Photo of Cridge Centre
Historic Photo of Cridge Centre
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The Orange Light of Dawn

I’m This week’s blog post is brought to you by the color, Orange.

This morning everyone in our little part of the world woke up to strange orange light glowing from the sky. It felt like I was wearing aviators sunglasses or was somehow trapped in a sepia photograph.

Here is a beautiful example captured by my friend and local photographer Alan Klughammer.

The unfiltered orange colour of sunlight through wildfire smoke. Photo credit: Alan Klughammer
The unfiltered orange colour of sunlight through wildfire smoke. Photo credit: Alan Klughammer

 

“In my head, the sky is blue, the grass is green and cats are orange.”
Jim Davis, In Dog Years I’d be Dead: Garfield at 25

 

I live on Vancouver Island in Beautiful BC just off the coast of the mainland & a little north of Seattle. Smog is (thankfully) something which we never need to contend with here. Unfortunately, there have been numerous wildfires on the West Coast of North America and the smoke blown our direction has changed the colour of the sunlight.

Satellite photo of smoke covering lower Vancouver Island from a forest fire.
Satellite photo of smoke covering lower Vancouver Island from a forest fire.

After a few hours of this phenomena I decided I had to try to capture some of it.

Making beauty of of tragedy! I applied a watercolor wash of pinky yellow aka orange 🙂 and let it dry. I then pulled out one of my new toys: a dip pen with a flexible nib and sepia India ink.

The orange light coming from behind the trees in our backyard. Watercolour and india ink done with a dip pen.
The orange light coming from behind the trees in our backyard. Watercolour and india ink done with a dip pen.

Then I grabbed my bag with art supplies and went for a walk up a nearby hill hoping to get a view. But everything just looked dirty viewing it from that altitude. 😥 So I sat down on a rocky knoll next to a small Garry oak tree amongst the dry grass for sketch.

Garry oak in dry grass. Ink and watercolour.
Garry oak in dry grass. Ink and watercolour.

Speaking of sepia:

These sepia colors remind me of a painting I did a while back. I had a favorite colorized photograph of my grandpa Jim, he was a real cowboy during the Depression. One night he got all gussied up in his best chaps and gear to go to a local dance. Our family had a farm in Fort St. John not far from where many of the current forest fires are.

Cowboy Jim, acrylic on canvas
Cowboy Jim, acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 20 “.

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Sketches of women in pink and orange.

I sketched these lovely ladies for the Summer of Color blog party, week 2. The color prompts for this week are Pink + Pink + Orange.

In my search for a subject that would reasonably translate to these colors I saw many works of girls and women with pink and orange peach skin, pink clothing and auburn hair. Bingo!
I have always admired the classic sketches of women by artists such as Leonardo DaVinci (indisputably a genius!) but I have yet to master his subtlety. I have made attempts to learn from copying his work before but decided to look a little farther afield when I came across a red chalk sketch by Edward Burne-Jones. Red, pink, orange. They’re all the same family, right?

Most of the models used by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood had a very distinctly stylized look to their lips, nose and jaw line. I got close with the lips but I still have more practice ahead of me.

Sketch of a woman based of work of Edward Burne-Jones. Pink & orange pencil on orange paper.
Sketch of a woman based of work of Edward Burne-Jones. Pink & orange pencil on orange paper.

While I still had the inspiration and not ready for bed yet I did another quick sketch but switched the colours around. In the hundreds of ladies I flipped past in the search results I found an older artist previously unknown to me: Phillppe Mercier. He was most well known for his portrait work.

Sketch of a woman reading a book. Based on the work of Phillppe Mercier.
Sketch of a woman reading a book. Based on the work of Phillppe Mercier.
Sketch of a women in contemplation
Sketch of a women in contemplation, work in progress. Based on DaVinci.
Venus sketch
Venus sketch, inspired by Botticelli.
The Red Head was illustrated with the Magic pencil in Fire (yellow, orange & magenta) by Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth
The Red Head was illustrated with the Magic pencil in Fire (yellow, orange & magenta) by Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth

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Urban Sketching : Rock Bay Heritage

This past week’s location for Urban Sketching: Rock Bay, Victoria BC.

Modern day Rock Bay, Victoria
Modern day Rock Bay, Victoria

When I heard that or local urban sketching group was heading to a heritage/industrial district I knew that is be aiming for buildings, not people or flowers. I arrived around 10:30 a.m. on a sunny Saturday and remembered that I didn’t apply sunblock, oh well, sketching on the edge!

I plunked my tiny tripod stool down on the side of the intersection of Store and Pembroke Streets. I hoped my pink baseball hat would make me visible to the dump trucks and commercial vehicles going by.

British Columbia is a very young place in terms of (white man’s) history and the kind of man-made structures that survive many generations.
They say that in England 125 years ago was just like yesterday, where in BC 125 kilometres is a pleasant drive. Space? We have loads by European standards.
The Victoria area was colonized in & around 1850. So any building still standing from this time frame is REALLY old.

The Rock Bay area is very close to the harbour of Victoria and began as & has continued to be an industrial area. This unfortunately has resulted in alot of environmental contamination. They have been working for years to remediate land here.

Urban sketching in Rock Bay, Victoria
Urban sketching in Rock Bay, Victoria
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