Monday morning

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On Saturday, I recorded a video of me drawing this design on 6″ x 6″ Strathmore Vellum Bristol Paper coloured with Distress Inks.

This is an example of intuitive, entangled drawing; I started in the red area and worked my way out from that point. I had no idea what kind of design I wanted to create, I just wanted to draw and lose myself in that process.

The only guides I had at the start were some pencil lines to give me a border to work within, leaving a clear, plain border around the design. However, my mind seemed to do a bit of a flip when I came to drawing the bottom left of the design; I completely ignored the pencil lines for some reason totally unknown to myself. When I realised what I was doing, it was too late to change it as I was working in pen without any sketch to guide me.

It took me over 55 minutes to do, and I’m still trying to figure out in my head how to edit the video and post it, as well as making intro and outro pages.

I know that I’m busy for the rest of today, so I’m not likely to sort the video out today. I’m hoping I’ll have a bit more time tomorrow.

I was really surprised by the kind comments people left about my first, trial video, so I will do more. I do need to work out a realistic schedule for that for myself to work to amongst other projects I want to get going when I’ve finished Spectacular Sea-Life.

Talking of which, I’ve nearly completed the third out of four coloured templates, so I’ll soon have them all done. I will post some sneak previews of them as I go.

Abstract Botanical 28 August 2018

Angela Porter 28 August 2018

Another abstract botanical. This one has gold dot highlights as well as white dots. Fun to do!

I dug out my old Ohto Graphic Liner pens to draw this one. I’d forgotten all about them until I was looking for some new Uniball Unipin pens in my pen stash.

The Ohtos are roller ball pens with pigment ink which is waterproof and fadeproof. The beauty of a roller ball, unlike fibre-tips like the unipins or Sakura Microns, is that the roller ball tip is practically indestructible, even for one with a heavy hand like me.

They work well on the lightly textured hot pressed watercolour paper I used (which is 10″ x 14″ in size).

I applied the colour first, then worked with the way the colours spread and mixed to draw the patterns generally, though I do work rather intuitively.

If you want to know what a man’s like…

Angela Porter 14 July 2018 Sirius Black Quote 1

One of my most favourite quotes of all, from one of my most favourite book characters.

I printed the words out using Publisher, and then I added the design around them by hand, using a Sakura Pigma Micron PN pen.

I have scanned the finished image in, created a transparent background, and filled the background with a rainbow gradient for now. It’s going to be a long term project to colour it in as I’d like it, though I’m not sure how that is going to be. Having said that, a rainbow gradient may be the most appropriate colour scheme of all for this.

I think I need to learn a lot more about typography and setting out words in a quote, however. That will come with time should I choose to continue to use fonts and computers to generate the wordage for an illustrated quote.

As always, I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts, suggestions, advice and so on.

Definitely got some #weekendvibes going on here!