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.

Bombardier (WIP, maybe)

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For International Fairy Day; ink and graphite on 60(?) lb. smooth Piccadilly sketch paper.

Now wondering whether to color and how (digitally? with paint directly on this wrong sort of paper? print on watercolor paper and then paint that like I did with “Coffee, Coffee Everywhere… and Not a Drop to Drink”?)

My husband said this was creepy! I was just trying to have a non-elegant, non-wispy, non-female fairy for Fairy Day, myself. Funny what comes out.

Of course, if you’re following my page on Facebook, Whimsical Dreams Art, you already saw this! Figured I’d occasionally give sneak previews over there too.  Usually it’s here or deviantArt.

Prints and some doo-dads with this illo-as-is are available at deviantArt. Maybe more places later. Maybe after it gets painted somehow.

Oh yeah: Art copyright © 2013 Kirsten Talmage

“Longfingers”

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'Longfingers' ©2012 Kirsten Talmage
Longfingers ©2012 Kirsten Talmage

Inked drawing of some creatures from somewhere and/or somewhen else. Inspired (accidentally, compositionally) by a coloring book illustration from Torn World.

This is a digitally cleaned up version of the original illustration. There’s a matte version also (that is how I gave it to my friend for her birthday).

Visually, I wonder which version is better, and why… I don’t mean in terms of quality of the image file you see, but whether the cropped (by the matting) or uncropped one is better.

I also had in the back of my a head a book I had as a kid, After Man: A Zoology of the Future. I think these are marsupalian, with some raccoon-like and some lemur-like characteristics.

“Birthday Dancer”

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"Birthday Dancer" copyright © 2008 Kirsten Talmage
Birthday Dancer

Another birthday illustration that never made it to the birthday…

Watercolors and ink on sketch paper — the thing about it is I keep working on paper that’s too small. It’s not that I intend that the illustration be too big for the paper, see, it just keeps happening.

I’ve gotta sketch in the sketchbook and move to using the projector or something. It’s was more fun painting on heavier paper (bristol or cold press are working for me these days).

Anyway, I like stuff about this, and am not so impressed with other stuff, and maybe this’ll be the root for something better someday. I have this idea, see, and a projector, and it’s already sketched out, but if it were bigger I could do this other stuff, see…