Festive Coquette

Festive Coquette  (Lophornis chalybeus)

I saw this lovely hummingbird in the Atlantic Rainforest near Curitiba (south Brazil) when I used to live there until about 10 years ago.

I was lucky enough to get a few photos but as it was quite misty (as it usually is on the mountains in early morning) the photos serve only for reference. I used to go the rainforest, a section known as the Graciosa Trail, once a month when I lived in Curitiba.

And now some photography

Proof prints – “Gaucho” Series 1

At last I found a printer with whom I feel comfortable in having my artwork printed. As a test I left a few of my “Gaucho” images which have been on the back-burner for about a year.

The reason it has taken so long is that I wanted to find and talk to the printer and to develop a relationship. I was also caught up with other priorities.

My plan is to sell these as Limited Edition prints so having had a chance to study the proof prints I can place an order, with directions on what I want, knowing that the end result will be what I want.

The final print run will take place next week (in the queue!).

The “Gaucho” series has been in plan fir over a year but I decided that rather than produce a series of a dozen or so pictures it would be better to break it up into several smaller sets.

This is set / series 1.

Uni Pin pens

Touros, Rio Grande do Norte, northeast Brazil …. the point in Brazil closest to Europe! Drawn with Uni Pin 0.5 fineliner made by Mitsubishi.

Although I have used a variety of “fine-liner” drawing pens the one that I’d used for Inktober was only the second time I had encountered and used the brand. I was so pleased with the feel of the pen that I decided to buy a set of 6 pens via Amazon*.

The set arrived today so I had a quick test and was not disappointed.

The packet is made of a durable plastic though the corners are a bit sharp. The pens clip onto the internal packaging so can be easily pulled out and, if you happen to be a bit Obsessive/Compulsive like me, they can be kept in order quite easily.

The six pen sizes range from the finest, 0.03, through 0.05, 0.1, 0.3, and 0.5 through to the thickest, 0.8, which is still a fine point.

I gave the pens a quick test. As I found during Inktober the inks are smudge-proof and water-proof so are great for using in pen and wash drawings. Time will tell if the nibs keep their point with age but I will not be able to comment for a while.

In the meantime I shall start using the pens tomorrow. I have a few drawings that I am keen to start on.

* About the product (I have no affiliation to either Amazon or the product – I just like it!)

Inktober 2019 Summary

I completed 31 (actually 32) little pen and ink/wash sketches in 31 days. Inktober is over and, though I found it challenging at times, I plan on making it an annual habit. It’s fun and motivational especially when you realise that someone is watching and, in effect, supporting your effort.

Many thanks to all those who liked, commented on or followed my journey, I am pretty sure I would have lapsed in my daily drawing had it not been for you. The motivation you provided helped me to stay focused.

For the past few years Inktober has been a themed event, where each day offers a topic of inspiration. As this was my first year I elected to set my own subjects.

I look forward to Inktober 2020 but in the meantime I shall continue to provide weekly posts on my progress in building experience and technique in watercolour painting (and the occasional other media).

Inktober was created by Jake Parker in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

Inktober Day 31

I lived in Middle East and North African countries for over 25% of my life and love the culture and food of those places. The black aba (abaya) and niqab offered a subject for pen and ink drawing which I found amusing (by no means derogatory) so I decided to start and end Inktober using them in my subjects.

These forms of dress, seen up close, are not always plain black, indeed some are richly textured yet follow the traditional modesty (hijab) that is associated with the region. This style of facial and body covering dates back to pre-Islamic times but has been adopted by the religion even in Asian muslim countries.

Inktober was created by Jake Parker in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

Inktober Day 30

Plain-bellied Emerald

Our small garden in Natal is planted with, among other plants, Ixora chinensis which attracts several hummingbirds. We have had 4 species visit us and as many as eight birds simultaneously – though usually they fight.

Inktober was created by Jake Parker in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

Inktober Day 29

Praia de Touros, Natal, Brazil

I lived in Touros for a while. It used to be an idyllic spot but, as the Brazilian economy declined, the security and attractiveness of these beautiful beaches has been severely undermined. Pity.

Inktober was created by Jake Parker in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

Inktober Day 28 (2)

Glass House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

The gardens are a great place to visit and relax. The Glass Houses are also nice, but access for a reasonable fee, where the temperature and humidity are controlled – great on wintery days!

My post´┐╝ earlier today was similar to one at the start of Inktober so this one hopefully makes up for it.

Inktober was created by Jake Parker in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.