So a few days ago I posted a portrait sketch and wrote about the app Sktchy. I am still enjoy the app and I am beginning to build up a collection of inspiration photos in my queue. Below is my latest sketch (via Sktchy).
I’ve got to say this guy was a blast to draw. The facial expression was too good to pass up. I struggled a bit with the beard, and there’s a lot of it! I nearly ruined the sketch with a miserable attempt to add his hair to the sketch. In the end I had no choice but to cover it up with black ink but, I think the sketch still works.
A few weeks ago I thought I would download the Sktchy App and see what it was about. If you haven’t heard of Sktchy I would suggest that you visit the Apple App Store or https://www.sktchy.com and check it out (Currently, I think the app is only available for iOS devices). To me, Sktchy is similar to Instagram. Only, it’s completely oriented towards artist. The app is a place where you can view the art and inspiration of others, as well as, share your own. Inspiration within the app comes from photos (often selfies) uploaded from other Sktchy users. If you create art based on another user’s inspiration you can link to the inspiration photo when posting your art. People viewing you art can simply swipe right to see the inspiration photo.
Anyway here is my latest sketch. It is based on inspiration that I found via Sktchy.
To me, one of the main indicators that Autumn has arrived is pine cones. I pick up a few arm fulls each year to use a fire starters for the cold evenings when we decide to warm our home with a fire. Autumn is, by far, my favorite season of the year. I always look forward to the crisp and cool air, the brilliant colors of the leaves, and it is also my favorite time of year to stretch my legs on a good hike in the mountains.
I wanted to produce another pen and ink sketch today. So I decided to sketch a pine cone.
I am trying to keep some momentum going since Inktober has came to an end. I intend to keep churning out sketches on a somewhat regular basis. The medium that I choose may vary slightly from post to post and I currently don’t have any idea what direction the subject matter may go in. However, I do intend to keep producing work. Participating in Inktober taught me that I needed to stop being so concerned with what I draw and just simply DRAW. So that’s what I intend to do.
Inktober Day 31, Mask.
Yes, I realize Inktober ended yesterday. However, I had Daddy duty on Halloween and wasn’t able to get in the final sketch. So, please forgive the tardiness.
This was my first Inktober and I’ve got to say…Man, It was Awesome!!! I can’t believe I was hesitant to take on this challenge. I feel like I have really grown as a result of participating. I enjoyed viewing the work of others as much as creating my own. There are some truly skilled people out there creating art.
The support and feedback that I received from my fellow bloggers during this challenge was encouraging and greatly appreciated. There are two individuals that stand out as being both motivating and supportive. So I would like to give a shout-out to Steve at stevekiddart.com
and Nitesh at Sketches By Nitesh
. These guys really motivated me to press on. I would not have even attempted the challenge if it hadn’t been for the nudging I received from Nitesh during an exchange of comments just days before the challenge began on October 1st. Thanks guys!
Inktober Day 30, Found.
A cairn is a human-made pile (or stack) of stones. Cairns are used as trail markers in many parts of the world.
For today’s sketch I drew a vertical stack of stones (cairn) that I found marking where the trail crossed a small stream on one of my hikes. I thought it fit today’s prompt of found quite well. Since they are used as landmarks and trail markers.
Below is the photo I took during my hike.
Inktober Day 29, United. How about a hand extended for unity?
Inktober Day 27, Climb. Creepy crypt stairs…?
In case you haven’t noticed, I have missed a few days this week. The reason for this is the town I live in experienced an EF-1 tornado late Monday afternoon. As a result we lost power for about 2 1/2 days. We were lucky and only inconvenienced by the power outage. Other homes and businesses suffered moderate damage and I hope they are able to recover quickly.
My eyes simply aren’t good enough to draw by candle light so I was forced to take a break. I may go back and make up for some of the days that I missed. Especially if the prompt leads to an interesting idea.
Anyway, on to today’s sketch.
Inktober Day 26, Squeak. Will a squeaky water valve work?
Inktober Day 22, Trail.
It’s me “on trail” about 2 years ago at one of my favorite hiking spots. The sketch was done using a photo reference. The photograph was taken by a good friend as I was negotiating a shallow creek crossing.
Inktober Day 21, Furious.
Sometimes the fury of others is the last thing you see coming.
Inktober Day 20, Deep.
I’ve had a few busy days and fallen a bit behind, but here is the sketch for day 20!
Inktober Day 19, Cloud.
I had a little trouble coming up with an idea for today’s prompt of “cloud”. I wanted to somehow put a bit of a twist on the theme. So below is my attempt to create a face out of cloud forms.
Inktober Day 18, Filthy.
Ok, I had a vision of what I wanted this sketch to be…but, that was in the beginning. Somewhere along the journey the train went of the tracks. I tried a bit of experimentation and, well, it just didn’t turn out the way I envisioned it in my mind. Oh well, here it is anyway.
Inktober Day 17, Graceful. This one was easy…I took some inspiration from my daughter. She is a recent graduate of UNC School of the Arts with BFA in Contemporary Dance. She is now pursuing her dreams in Los Angeles, CA. I’m very proud of her.