Inktober 2014-1 : Quick Doodles

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I was given a new ink pen in a *beautiful* wooden box to hold pens, nibs, ink, for our anniversary. Just in time for Inktober! Did several small doodles on various papers on Day 1. These two are a scrap of some handmade (maybe) rice (maybe) old-ivory-colored paper.

The black "writing ink" that came with the pen worked well once I changed to one of my nibs. It worked better on the handmade paper than on regular sketch paper.

The Parker reddish ink worked very well on that sketch book paper but not so well on the handmade paper.

Hibernating Mouse

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Ink and watercolors on this smooth paper of some kind.

Done for Sketchfest #45 (December 2013) but the scans were terrible until May, when I borrowed a better one.  (You can see the bad scan at Sketchfest: http://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/sketchfestart.php?id=13267.)

Submitted it for a comment by a Real Live Art Director on twitter (more out of curiosity than anything; I knew it was just a rough thing), and got back this feedback: be sure the underlying drawing is good.

Fair enough. Especially since the perspective is particularly off, but not purposefully/to good effect. And the shading.

I did make this (Little Mouse, Big Habit)

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…before Sketchfest. And you probably already saw it. But hey.  Even small rodents can have obsessions. Perhaps this one is working towards a Big Year!

Graphite on smooth piccadilly paper, about 4″ x 7 ” (I didn’t measure it).

I actually scanned this and tweaked it a bit but it was the GodAwful Scanner Of Doom, so …

Insanely optimistic as well, I put it on Stuff at metasilk prints plus at deviantArt, at metasilk at RedBubble, Critters with Gear Zazzle, and Critters with Gear CafePress. Not society6, though, I guess because I am thinking that’s for watercolors. (Like redbuble is sketches maybe with a touch of color.)

If you notice something looks odd on one of those items, do please tell me so I can fix it! It’s entirely likely…

Clay

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For Sketchfest #40, prompt "These Troll Hands".

Soft graphite and watercolor on some inexpensive cold press or other, 6.5 x 8.5 inches. I really am starting to use/need bigger paper… That’s one of the scary things for me (too big too free too loose!) so good to see me pushing edges. I think I should use some opaque color to layer clay over his/her fingers but haven’t/not sure quite how…

Art copyright © 2013 Kirsten Talmage

Love Is Love

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For Sketchfest #40, prompt "teapots in love".

Pencil sketch on 65lb sketch paper. For sale (as of this writing) at Sketchfest (to help fund the site). The original is on white paper, despite what it looks like at Sketchfest (I was able to make a better scan). Prints are available at in my deviantArt shop (also as of this writing).

Art copyright © 2013 Kirsten Talmage

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