The prompt for Day 14 is FIERCE. This is a pen and ink (and wash) drawing made from a photograph of a Japanese Noh mask. I couldn't capture the beauty of the smooth red and black wood using this technique. I hope I captured the fierceness to some degree.
I used pen and ink because this is a drawing for INKTOBER, and I was aware while doing it that lots of little black lines are a poor substitute for tone. I used to be way into pen and ink for the same reason that it was a technique of choice for centuries: when the goal was to translate the image to a printed page it worked well.
Even when we were far beyond the need to make an engraving of a pen and ink drawing in order to make it printable, up until the time when the digital process took over a black and white drawing could be photographed and made into a printing plate without any other interference, such as a halftone screen.
Here's an example of the pen and ink drawings I used to make. The angels in the sky and the lettering use black and white directly. The lines on the earth are intended to approximate tone. That is what seems not worth it any more...though it does allow for a kind of cohesion that changes when wash is introduced.
I am so far behind now, due to weekend travels and general slackerdom... So, here are 3 days in a row. Will I ever catch up? That remains to be seen.
Day 11, the prompt is RUN. This image is copied from a photograph by Eadweard Muybridge, who spells Eadweard weirder than anyone else with a similar name. From Wikipedia:
Eadweard Muybridge (/ˌɛdwərd ˈmaɪbrɪdʒ/; 9 April 1830 – 8 May 1904, born Edward James Muggeridge) was an English photographer important for his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion, and early work in motion-picture projection. He adopted the first name Eadweard as the original Anglo-Saxon form of Edward, and the surname Muybridge believing it to be similarly archaic.
Day 12, the prompt is SHATTERED. I shattered the screen on my phone recently, and I did not fuss about it as much as this guy is doing. I was sad, but I couldn't help thinking of all the people in the world who have lost so much from hurricanes, floods, fire, war, you name it. As Rick would say, a cracked phone screen don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.
Day 13, the prompt is TEEMING. I sure wish Lady Liberty could make good on those offers...
I'm cheating today by using an old drawing so that I can catch up with the Inktober prompts. (Though I will most likely fall behind again.) This is an illustration I did a long time ago for the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack has arrived and is having a little chat with the ogre's wife, who is a GIGANTIC woman.
This drawing was done in ink and dark crayon on coquille board.
In my efforts to catch up with the days of Inktober, I did this drawing of a screeching American eagle quickly. Using a brush pen and a brush, I spent 10 or 15 minutes on this.
I feel like screeching sometimes too when I read the news, though not when I look at the window at the beautiful place I live in and its continuous evolution of light and color as the world turns.
Although not everyone agrees that Richard III was crooked in body and soul, he's awfully fun to draw. I made a poster of Crooked (I am not a crook!) Dick for the Shakespeare play a few years back.
I'm obviously not quite caught up on Inktober days yet, but it may happen!!
I dwell in possibility. Emily Dickinson
Nothing much to say here. Is a recluse shy? I don't know. I'm sort of a recluse and I'm not shy at all... I just enjoy being alone and I enjoyed drawing Emily Dickinson.
Woman with sword and swallow. UTAGAWA Kunisada edo
What is she doing? Why does she have a sword in her teeth? Are her hands busy with something else? Is the swallow about to turn into a dragon, so she needs to have the sword ready for action?
Will I ever catch up? I hope so... Doing Inktober is fun but the time it takes can easily get crowded out by life as we know it... The prompt for Day 5 is LONG. See below for a few more thoughts on process...
I have to admit that I am enjoying this process enormously. My decision to copy images is allowing me the same experience one gets drawing from life: the calming, meditative state that comes when conceptual thinking gets out of the way and the eye and hand together report on spatial relationships: angles, proportions, shapes and tones. And at a certain point even that criteria gives way to what has evolved, to what is... if we could approach every aspect of our lives in this way, we would see so much more than we do when our vision is clouded by fear and longing.
Just couldn't get it together for yesterday. I've been doing these in the evening and the evening got away from me. This was a bigger drawing challenge than I realized when I began. Copying pictures with many disparate elements requires a lot of spacial adjustments, which I never got right. Finally I started going for the quick effect. It is what it is.
I will say that copying art is even more interesting than copying photographs because in addition to shape, proportion, tones, you are copying someone else's vision. The fish in this medieval painting are wonderful scary beasts of the sea. I left off the sharp teeth on one of them...
The prompt was UNDERWATER.
The prompt for today is POISON. After my disappointing cartoon of yesterday, and the fun I had on day 1 copying a painting of Jonathan Swift using pen and ink, I decided that for the rest of Inktober I am going to try to find images of people that relate in some way to the prompts, and then copy them in ink. I may use wash on occasion, but mostly I'll stick to line drawings. It is a good exercise to translate shades of grey into line art.
My drawing for POISON is from an old photograph of Herbert Rowse Armstrong, the only British lawyer to be hanged for murder, according to robertwalshwriter.wordpress.com. He used arsenic to kill his wife and then attempted to kill a professional rival, unsuccessfully.