For today’s piece I used a fineliner over a pencil sketch and although I did a whole page in my sketchbook practising hatching, crosshatching, stippling and the like with the fineliner (I found an artist on Youtube named Alphonso Dunn who has lots and lots of very useful pen and ink tutorials), but in the end I chickened out of using the techniques in an actual drawing. (I feel I still need a lot more practise lol). So instead (after putting the drawing aside for most of the afternoon), I decided to use acrylic ink for shading.
The thing about drawing in with pen is I’ve had to be more decided about how I wan’t my image to look and I’m not used to that but I’m loving the push. Usually I let myself be lazy about the sketching part but in this case I had to know from the get go and plan out the detail from early on. This is more freeing and enjoyable than laziness will convince you!
When I was done I couldn’t help but add that little bit of colour in – a soft pink (Alizarin Crimson + Vemillion Hue + Chinese White) and sap green, here and there.
Useful Inktober links: