Pen sketches

Pen sketches

After seeing The Blue Green Alien’s cool Inktober drawings, I bought a Uni Pin Fine Line and did a few sketches today. Sketching with pen is so different to pencil (I feel like I have a lot less control), but it’s fun. I’ll definitely keep doing it, amongst my pencil sketches, because it can only give me a stronger foundation for painting.

By the way, that weird thing in the middle of the page is either an alien slug with a single eye or the end of sawn-off stick; I’m not sure which. 🙂

Dark-sky rainbow

Dark-sky rainbow

Painting is hard! Colour mixing, perspective, transparency, relative values, which brush to use for which effect, how long to leave a layer before painting on top of it… So many things to think about—and all the while the (acrylic) paint is drying!

But nothing worthwhile is ever easy. That’s why I’m here, learning.

Here’s the reference picture I painted from. (I like dark, dramatic skies.)

Savvy Painter: Oil painting questions and answers, with Gamblin

This was a fantastically informative episode on oils and oil painting. I particularly appreciated the Q&A on toxicity, but the whole thing was interesting. I’m strongly tempted to switch to oils—and Gamblin in particular—now, when my acrylics run out. My wallet might be the limiting factor though.