Saturday, October 8, 2016

Inktober 2016, 1-7

I'm sorry it's been so long between posts here.  It's October, so it's Inktober!  This year I decided to draw my Inktobers on Strathmore Toned Gray paper because I have had a pad of it for a long time and have wanted to try it.  Here are the first seven drawings:

Inktober 1, 2016

Inktober 2, 2016

Inktober 3, 2016

Inktober 4, 2016

Inktober 5, 2016

Inktober 6, 2016

Inktober 7, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pen and Ink Sketches

Happy New Year!  I've been doing some ink sketching for practice and confidence.  

The top drawing was done with Higgins Black Magic ink on Arches cold pressed watercolor paper.  I used watercolor paper because I wanted to leave the option open to add color, but Arches cold pressed paper has a great texture for inking.  I don't like it if I want the ink lines to reproduce cleanly though, such as with workbook illustrations.  The texture really breaks up the lines.

For this bottom set of sketches, the girl on the right was drawn with Higgins Black Magic and the others were done with Higgins Eternal ink.  For the black solid, I grabbed my Pentel Pocket Brush Pen.  The paper was Canson XL which I like for ink drawing because it has a soft texture and takes both ink lines and watercolor well. It's affordable too.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Paul and His Beast

I am excited to share a wonderful middle grade chapter book, Paul and His Beast. Written by Sarah Stup, the book is about a sixth grader with autism who is working hard to be successful in a regular middle school.  It's a great story and gives the reader very thoughtful insight into what it's like to have autism.  

I was honored to create the cover and interior illustrations for the book.  The photo above shows the printed book and I'm including some of the interior illustrations below.


Sarah Stup is an author with autism.  To read more about Sarah, her writings, visit her website at  Paul and His Beast is available through the site as well.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Inktober 2015: Drawings 30 and 31!

We made it!  Thanks for following along with my 2015 Inktober challenge.

During the month, I discovered a few things.  I found out that it was easier for me to come up with the ideas for 31 drawings than it was to find the time to complete them! And since there was no time to over-think what to do for each piece, I learned what I like to draw, what I draw easily, and what I want to work on.  I'm glad I participated.

Here are my last two drawings for Inktober 2015:

Inktober 30, 2015

Inktober 31, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Inktober 2015: Drawings 27-29

For these three drawings, I'm pleased to present a mini-drama in which a little ghost learns to make a friend.  All are Higgins Eternal black ink (not waterproof) on Canson Mix Media art paper.

Inktober 24-26: Ballpoint sketches

These three Inktober drawings were created with a Bic Round Stic Grip ballpoint pen in fine/black.  I love sketching with ballpoint because it's ink that can travel with me anywhere.  I drew 24 and 26 in a new little Apprentice sketchbook by Baron Fig (link). It's a perfect pocket size and the paper is very nice!  It holds up to a lot of drawing.

Inktober 24, 2015

Inktober 25, 2015

Inktober 26, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Inktober 2015: Drawings 22 and 23

I'm posting these together because they are similar to each other but different than the group I shared in the previous post.  They seem to want their own space.  22 is drawn with pen and ink and 23 is drawn with black ballpoint pen.  Both are wearing romantic dresses of the Edwardian era.

Inktober 22, 2015

Inktober 23, 2015