Yesterday turned out to be a weirdly busy kind of day that meant I had no time for social media, nor much in the way of art. I did make a start on this mandala, however, and have continued to do a couple more hours work on it this morning.
I’m using just green and a pinky-purple for this mandala, but with a couple of pearly-grey rings. the main colours remind me purple spring crocuses. I like crocuses of all colours, but the purple ones just make me smile that little bit more.
I think I’ve done about 4 or 5 hours work on colouring it so far.
On another note, I’ve added a couple of designs to my Redbubble shop that you can purchase on a range of quality products including t-shirts, sweatshirts, phone cases, art prints, and more. #findmything
First up is the coloured version of Inktober 2018 day 15 ‘Clock’. I got so frustrated trying to color it digitally that I printed the drawing out and used Chameleon Color Tones and Color Tops to colour it.
I’m really not happy with some of the colours I’ve used in some places, however. But I went with it. It’s not as vibrant as I’d like and some of the colours have ended up a bit murky.
I also added some highlights with a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen, and a few shadows/textures with a fineline Faber Castell pen.
It took me most of yesterday and another hour today to complete colouring this image. It does take me a lot less time to draw the outlines!
Today’s prompt is ‘Angular’, so I had to go with geometric designs based on straight lines and point and create a pattern sampler. Some of these patterns aren’t in my pattern directory.
Yes, I have a kind of visual directory for patterns and other images that I can refer to when I need some inspiration. So, some of these will be added to that directory later on today after I’ve run some errands.
It was not easy to draw all straight lines; I miss my curls and swirls and spirals and arches.
Having said that, it was a good workout for my straight line drawing skills.
It took me around 2 hours to draw and it’s only a tiny drawing at 12cm x 12cm in size! That’s a tad shy of 5″ x 5″ for those who work in ‘old money’.
I used Fabercastell Broadline and Fineline pens on Rhodia dot grid paper. I then scanned it in and used Gimp to remove the dot grid, mostly.
This is approx. 7.25″ (18.5cm) in diameter. Black Unipin pens and polychromos pencils on heavy, acid-free cartridge paper.
It took two episodes of Criminal Minds to do the pencil pattern and then to go over it with ink. Another three or four episodes to complete the colouring, and another one or two to complete the texture lines.
I’m enjoying doing these; they’re very calming and meditative to do as there is a lot of repetition in producing the finished piece as they are geometric in design.
15cm x 15cm
Zig Art and Graphic pens with water wash, 0.3mm technical drawing pen, Derwent Inktense pencils with water wash, Uniball gold metallic gel pen and Cosmic Shimmer metallic gold watercolour paint on cold pressed watercolour paper.