I find it useful to have a prompt or arbitrary theme to work to in order to keep myself drawing regularly. It is too easy to be distracted away from what is most important and find myself not drawing… I had a few pages of a Stillman &Birn Alpha to finish and then a Moleskine from my stash to use up so Inktober has come at a good time. Moleskines are not wonderful for watercolour, although quite a few of my favourite artists stubbornly persist eg: Chandler O’Leary on her travel blog drawntheroadagain.com and the wonderful Mattias Adolfsson, www.mattiasadolfsson.com. but I have been thoroughly enjoying just drawing with a fine nib on the smooth surface.
Here are the first few observational sketches for Inktober. The last week had several days of beautiful sunshine and I went outside to capture the light.
The next sketches were done on a trip to Birmingham to see the new Grand Central space. It is wonderful, very futuristic, but I will need to go back another day on my own to try and do it justice in my sketchbook. Instead, I just sketched people on the train.
I’ve turned this one upside down so you don’t hurt your necks craning to see.
Originally I was going to post each drawing on the day that it was drawn, but I am not that organised, so a weekly round up will have to do.
I am going to draw stuff that is just lying around the house and see what kind of collection I have. I dropped my Pilot Prera half way through this, and bent the nib. Even after emergency surgery with needle nosed pliers it is not quite the same, but a bit scratchy now. 😦