Thursday, 14 January 2016

366 Daily Sketch challenge - more portraits

I am happy to say that I have been sketching daily 
since my last post so let me get you caught up. 

Up first is the lovely Makenna Stardust, a Sktchy user. 
I used BIC ballpoint pens, 
the Cristal Pocket Scents range to be exact.
For the blacks, I used Faber-castell PITT pens for the blouse and glasses,
and a mixed black in watercolours for her hair. 

11/366 daily sketch
Hahnemuhle D & S sketch journal - A5 size, 140gsm, landscape format 
BIC ballpoint pens, blacks are Faber-castell PITT pens and a mixed watercolour.
© Serena Lewis

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Next up is Nicola Fletcher, from Sktchy too.

Here is the initial pen sketch,
fast and loose.

I decided to use the BIC Cristal Scents ballpoint pens for adding colour to this one too.
The blacks are Faber-Castell PITT artist pens.

12/366 daily sketch
Hahnemuhle D & S sketch journal - A5 size, 140gsm, landscape format 
BIC Cristal Scents ballpoint pens and the blacks were done with Faber-castell PITT pens.
© Serena Lewis

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Next up is a sketch of Alexandria Bryant, another Sktchy user.

After the initial line sketch in pen,
I decided to play with some Lamy water-soluble ink.
Below is the first layer.


And the final results
13/366 daily sketch
Hahnemuhle D & S sketch journal - A5 size, 140gsm, landscape format 
Sketched using BIC ballpoint pen and Platinum Carbon pen, 
then brush-painted with LAMY water-soluble ink in black.
© Serena Lewis

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I had so much fun with the water-soluble ink,
I tried it again with today's sketch.
Subject is Susana Norzagaray from Sktchy.

First, the line drawing in pen

Then the first and second layers of water-soluble ink

Then the final results.
I really liked the painterly feel to this one.
14/366 daily sketch
Hahnemuhle D & S sketch journal - A5 size, 140gsm, landscape format 
Sketched using BIC ballpoint pen and Platinum Carbon pen, 
then brush-painted with LAMY water-soluble ink in black.
© Serena Lewis

I really do enjoy working with the water-soluble inks
despite having two mishaps in the studio today.

One - I actually had a different sketch under way this morning
until I pulled the lid off my Platinum Carbon fountain pen
and it splattered ink splotches all over my sketch. YIKES!
I should have been more careful as I've noticed
this particular pen seems to leak inside the lid,
not sure why??

Two - I had an ink spill while working on the sketch above.
I had reached across the table and
accidentally knocked my water tub over
which then spilled water into the ink reservoir
and it overflowed onto the table. SCREAM!!
Luckily, I have paper towels at the ready
so was able to quickly mop it all up before it poured over
 the edge of the table and onto the carpet. PHEW!
That was a VERY close call!

Black ink can be a scary medium to work with.
That said, I am loving the syringes for ink transfers though.
I learned about them from my pen guru, Rita McGregor.
I highly recommend them.
Easy to use and no mess!

So, that's about it for now.

I'll be back to share more daily sketches soon...

4 comments:

  1. Great post, Mum!

    I'm loving your sketches you've been doing, really good! Sorry to hear about your studio mishaps, I'd hate for that to happen. Looking forward to seeing more!

    Love,
    Brad xoxo

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  2. all of these sketches are wonderful :) ever thought about painting some of them?

    love working in black ink, but yeah can be a little messy and sometimes disastrous :p

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  3. These are amazing portraits! Absolutely amazing! Wow!
    My carbon has never leaked, but it is a lot colder here. Sometimes ink pens react to the heat and humidity, but I don't know if that would be it, either. I have a Waterman that leaks into the lid no matter what I do. Bummer!
    I had an ink accident once filling with a bottle of turquoise ink and that got on the rug in an apartment. Not as noticeable as black, though. That is why I prefer using the syringes for filling--yes! You betcha! Safer and less messy. LOL! *love and hugs*

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  4. All I can say is :....Wow!! Outstanding! Awesome! Super! Beautiful!! What a wonderful gift you have and you are such an inspiration!! I love all of these and they are just a bit different in their style :)

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