I want to shout out a big “HELLO” to everyone who follows my “Artistcoveries” blog. It’s been months since I’ve posted here, and I’ve missed sharing my artwork. I have been painting over the past few months, and I’m doing a bit of drawing, too.
Over the last few months I’ve been attending meetings of our regional fine arts association, and I’ve enjoyed making connections with the many talented artists in my local area.
I’ve also been active in several online art groups, and I’ve made new friends there, as well. It’s inspirting to see so much talent, so many different artistic styles, and the different ways people use their art.
I want to try acrylic pouring. I’m definitely going to paint a few rocks. And, drum roll, please… I’m doing Inktober. Yep. You read that right. Me. Picking up an ink pen.
Am I crazy? Oh, no doubt of that! I’d have to be out of my mind to participate in Inktober. Working with pen and ink is the most difficult thing I’ve ever attempted! The one time I “gave up” working with a medium because it was just too hard was when I tried getting through the Pen and Ink course at The Virtual Instructor. I just couldn’t do it!
Why did I agree to do this? I agreed because it will be a challenge. I agreed because it will give me an opportunity to work on my drawing skills. Maybe it will help me develop a little patience, as well.
Here’s my first Inktober drawing. It’s based on a reference photo from The Virtual Instructor’s Pen and Ink course. I tried this scene before when I was taking the course, and I wasn’t happy with the results. It’s reassuring to repeat the lesson and see that I have made some progress. Maybe later, in fact, I’ll dig out that first attempt and take a look at it.
I will say that I’d forgotten how very tedious and time-consuming pen and ink drawing can be. You can easily tell that I was getting a bit weary — and sloppy — as I worked on the tree on the right-hand side.
For my first Inktober drawing, I’m actually pleased. It turned out much, much better than I’d expected.