Against my better judgement, I thought I'd share what I've been doing lately in my ink classes.
Now I'm warning you, it's all rather rough and loose. None of them are finished pieces. I'm essentially just exploring different techniques and trying new inky things. So don't expect anything great, OK?
In our first lesson we started playing with different techniques and I really love the textures you can create with ink. These could wind up being nice material textures in a finished piece.
And I tried a cartoon turtle at the end of the class, but then didn't have time to let him dry properly. Patience is certainly not my my greatest strength.
And my friend, Annella, gave me this fabulous apple with a leaf still attached. Never got around to eating it though :(
I tried the stoat that I posted a photo of a while ago - but suspect I'd be happier if he was red or blue ;) Naturally-coloured stoats just don't float my boat.
I loved painting this octopus, but then I got a bit too heavy handed with the black in his tentacles. Subtlety is also not one of my greatest strengths - but I'll have to learn as ink is rather unforgiving.
I was happier with the girls I did in my third class. I really like the textures I can get through their hair, but it's a very different look to the pieces I've been producing over the last few years.
And I keep dripping ink in inappropriate places. I had to clean up the green-dress girl up there because there was a blob of blue on her lip that made her look like a domestic violence victim. Which is coincidentally exactly how my 'winking' girl in the striped dress has ended up looking. Hmm, better watch those drips!
Anyway, that's what I've been up to, as well as a few pencil projects that are coming along slowly and my insanely busy day job (I broke my all-time record last week with an 'in a 5:45am, out at 10pm' day - utter killer).
I plan to post something a bit more finished next time. But as always, I think it's fun to see other people's work in the half-finished/learning stages. So if I'm going to expect you to show me yours, I figure I should show you mine!