Saturday, 1 October 2016

Day 1 - Inktober 2016

And Here is Day 1!

I am going to be working exclusively in my Hobonichi Cousin. I will try and avoid using alcohol based markers because even though the paper used in the Hobo is really exceptional and can withstand watercolour painting, alcohol based markers are really fierce and still mark through the paper. I will be using brushes that use India ink and water based markers for bigger surfaces. Whenever I feel particularly bold, I will try to use an old fashioned paint brush with a pot of India ink.

I may also, at times, use some watercolour to add a splash of colour but I will try and keep it to a minimum.

#inktober is upon us at last!

Today marks the beginning of #inktober, a really great challenge that is popular among artists around the world. This is going to be my second year taking part in it and I still feel intimidated by the amount of talent I see everywhere.

If you want to know all about Inktober, feel free to visit the official link where you'll find descriptions, great art and great videos.

This year, I am very lucky to be doing the challenge with two very talented artists and I am sure we are going to have a lot of fun along the way.

While waiting impatiently for the challenge to begin, I saw a list of prompts and I wasn't too sure whether I wanted to follow it or not.

After doing the 29 faces challenge and be stuck with one single topic, I was looking forward to spreading my wings and do something more organic. Still, after reading the prompts, I realised that they were not as restrictive as I first thought so I decided to give them a try.

One good thing already started coming from the challenge and it is that I created my very own monster. For a long time I had wanted to create a unique character that would be all mine and I have finally had my wish.

This little monster is named Zazs and he will be the main actor in this year's Inktober challenge.

Here he is in all his green glory:

I will try my best to regularly update the blog with new drawings. One site I will be updating regularly will be my Instagram account ( @wynterblackarts ), so feel free to check it out!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Days 21 to 29 of the #29faceschallenge2016

I have had a few busy days and I've completely lost touch with the challenge. Fortunately, I had prepared a few faces should this had been the case.

These faces are part of a very special new project that I would like to do. I watch (too) many series and I sometimes get confused with some of the characters. So I decided to draw them and write a small blurb to remind me of who they were and what achievements they accomplished.

This used to happen to me in real life with real people that I would meet at the university or at work so I used to do some cheat sheets of my own that involved drawing people and their various quirks and writing their names next to their pictures. Believe it or not, this worked wonderfully and I never forgot a name or a face!...

So here are the rest of my 29 faces for the challenge: