Doodling Octopus

octopus ink doodle
Octopus ink doodle

Hi there, how are you?

Here are some little octopus doodles.

Arting has been very slow lately as we’ve been away from home so there was only time to fit in a small sketch here and there and for some reason my brain decided octopus were the thing to draw. (brains are weird).

The octopuses above were drawn with a pentel colour brush pen. The ink isn’t waterproof but it’s fun to play with.

More octopus below this time drawn with my favourite grey and black pocket brush pens. I like this combination, I use the grey to quickly map out a shape then use the black to add details.

octopus ink doodle 2
Octopus ink doodle 2

Watercolour octopuses, sometimes I want a bit of colour. These were tests for a watercolour painting. Nothing too grand just a small study.

wc octopus colour test
Watercolour octopus colour test

I like the blue and orange one on the bottom but thought the orange stood out better against the blue water.

The watercolour paper seems to have lost some of its sizing which could have been a disaster but it gave the water an interesting effect, a happy accident.

orange octopus wc doodle
Orange octopus watercolour

We’re having elder care issues at the moment. She is sinking ever slowly into dementia which is heartbreaking to deal with but the problem is she lives 250 miles away and at phone call from the nurse or hospital we need to rush down to help out.

We’ll manage. We’ll keep her safe and cared for, it just takes time and energy.

Thanks so much for your patience and for taking the time to stop by. till next time, have fun

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Inktober 2020 week 1

01 lotus & betta fish
01 lotus & betta fish

Hi there, how are you?

Is it October already? Yes, it’s that time of year again “Inktober

To be honest I wasn’t really feeling it this year. There is so much going on and lockdown fatigue is taking it’s toll. I manage to draw more days than not but sometimes I have to push myself. I won’t learn to draw if I don’t actually do any drawing.

That’s the good thing about being here on my little blog, I need something to post. So being here and seeing all of you lovely people keeps me accountable, one of the many things I’m thankful for right now.

I had no parameters set but had recently bought a new bottle of ink, a pale purple/grey colour. I’ll play and experiment with the new ink, a pentel pocket brush pen, a white jell pen and probably some fine liners with various white papers. I want to find out what this ink will do and how best to use it.

I’m not using prompts unless I see something that appeals and generally they don’t.

Day 1 – fish. (see above) Did I say no prompts? Well I like fish so OK I did the first one. I tried to combine it with lotus flowers. It’s the first time using this ink, it’s really pale and at its palest doesn’t scan well. (Learning and growing hehehe) . Antique printer paper (the kind that had the perforated holes down the side, (using it up slowly)

Day 2 – cyclamen. I have a cyclamen plant that is stubborn and fights my terribly un-green fingers. I used it as a model for the leaves and photos I’d taken last year for the flowers. I like the shading on this one. New printer paper.

02 cyclamen
02 cyclamen

Day 3 – beetle. A half decent idea that almost works. Maybe I’ll come back to it, I can think more about this now it’s on paper and out of my head. I like this colour a lot. 200Gsm coated card

03 beetle
03 beetle

Day 04 – chrysanthemum. Normally I paint chrysanths free hand but I thought it would be fun to draw some, it was. Then I decided to make the background black! Ran all the ink out of my brush pen. It does look sort of cool though so worth it. 200Gsm coated card.

04 chrysanthemum
04 chrysanthemum

I posted the first one on the 2nd October so I’m a day late, I may make it up or not, I’ll see how I feel. Getting started is the hard part so now I’ve started it shouldn’t be to difficult to keep the momentum. The hardest thing is deciding what to draw.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s Inktober’s this year, I think that’s the most fun part.

Take care of yourselves and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

Inktober 2019 Final Week

28 iguana
28 iguana

Hi there how are you?
Inktober is done, happy November!

It’s been an interesting and very enjoyable month, I liked the way brown paper looked when other people used it and wanted to see if I could get a similar effect.
I have used tons of pieces of paper drawing, sketching and working out ideas, hopefully it’s had impact on my drawing abilities.

1. iguana – (above)I took a photo of this iguana at the zoo, it was a bit blurry but good enough to draw from.

2. iguana – once I’d posted the iguana in instagram I realised it wasn’t quite done and needed more work, so I used my brush pen to give it a dark background and lightened the rock a little with a white gell pen, I like it a lot more now.

29 iguana 2
29 iguana 2

3. pigeons – this one made me chuckle, it was actually a photo of pigeons eating seed but once I’d drawn them it looked like two ladies having a cheery chat hehehe.

30 pigeons
30 pigeons

4. magpie – I love the way this one came out, I should have drawn more magpies, they look great on this paper. This was day 31 the last day of inktober

31 magpie
31 magpie

5. testers – although inktober was finished I had missed one day in the middle so I used some of the little test pieces. They were 3×3” off-cuts from the bigger pieces of paper. The two little bees were drawn with gell pens, I was missing colour and I hoped I could use the gell pens but meh, it wasn’t quite working for me. I used watercolour for two of the hummingbirds; it worked a lot better than I thought it would.

testers last ones
testers, last ones

I didn’t use the prompts this year; I haven’t found a way to incorporate them into my drawings without turning out a lot of art that I feel no connection to. I have enjoyed other people’s interpretation of them though.

I enjoy the inktober challenge; somewhere in the middle I always get that low feeling of “how many more is there left to do!” If I can push through that it’s usually OK.

I never know how this month will impact on the future arty stuff I do, it’s always fascinating to see it crop up when I’m not thinking about it.

If you participated no matter how many you did congratulations and here’s to next year.

(too soon? hehehe)

Next week hopefully I will be using colour again, yay!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

Inktober 2019 Week 4

20 one dancing crane
20 one dancing crane

Hi there how are you?

It’s Week 4, almost there now, just a few days to go. I managed a drawing every  day this week so am patting myself on the back for sheer determination. The challenge is quite enjoyable but deciding what to draw is a lot of work.
Had I followed the prompts I’m sure it would have taken even longer because I found the words really hard to interpret this year.

1. Dancing crane – (above) a single dancing crane (there was only room for one on the page) I used a big red sun in the background. The paper wrinkled a bit because the red ink was very thin.

2 + 3 humming birds – I drew a hummingbird in the first week; he was just taking flight and a little puffed out. The next two hummingbirds are in full flight, I love the shapes their little bodies make.

22 hummingbird
22 hummingbird

23 hummingbird
23 hummingbird

4. parrot – I drew this one from one of the photos I had taken of some green parrots at the zoo. We were looking up into the trees so it’s a slightly strange angle.

24 green parrot
24 green parrot

5. hare – they have loner ears and legs than rabbits with that startled stare that means they’re ready to run.

25 hare
25 hare

6. kingfisher –Usually I would draw them sitting but I wanted to draw them moving so this time it’s going for a dive. I like the way this one turned out, it has plenty of detail but it’s not too fussy.

26 kingfisher
26 kingfisher

7. tree frog – took a photo of this little guy a few weeks ago, he was just hanging around.

Note to self, not all papers are created equal. I’m using paper recycled form the inside of last years Christmas wrapping and most of it has been good quality but this one was far more absorbent and didn’t really suit the technique I used, also it drained all of the ink out of the pen!

27 frog
27 frog

Although I have found the prompts this year hard I have seen some fantastic interpretations by other people, maybe I need to try harder to make them work, something to think about.

Here’s a link for week 1 , week 2 and week 3 just in-case you’re interested.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

Note: If you want to know more a link to information on inktober and what it is all about is here.

Inktober 2019 Week 3

14 fish amongst the lily leaves
14 fish amongst the lily leaves

Hello peeps how is it going?
It’s week three of inktober, wow this month is going fast!

So far I’ve mostly managed to keep up, there’s been the odd “I don’t know what to draw” moment and at the last minute I think of something. I could use the prompts but found them so uninspiring so I’ll just plod on as usual.

1. Fish amongst the lily leaves – (above) there’s the beginning of an idea here that maybe I’ll look at later.

2. Horned owl – I’ve drawn a similar owl before on white paper, it’s interesting to see the difference the toned paper makes.

15 horned owl
15 horned owl

3. Hornbill – I love these cantankerous birds, the zoo is trying to breed them but the hornbills have other ideas.

16 hornbill
16 hornbill

4. Monarch butterfly – three butterflies fluttering. It was fun to draw them with the wings in different positions.

17 monarch butterfly
17 monarch butterfly

5. Penguin – at the zoo we have Humboldt penguins, they love nothing more than showing off to the children swimming right up to the glass.

18 penguin
18 penguin

6. Sparrow – I know I drew a sparrow last week but I have taken loads of photos of them and I really like drawing them. Who knows maybe I’ll draw more sparrows’ hehehe

19 little sparrow
19 little sparrow

7. Dancing cranes – there was a program on TV about Japanese wild life, when I saw the cranes I decided I needed to draw some hehehe. I’m sure had I thought of it I would have painted some with my Chinese brushes last year. “Future me” may try this, once inktober is over of course.

20 dancing cranes
20 dancing cranes

I like most of the little drawings I made this week even with the phaffing about deciding what to draw. I am starting to miss colour now and can’t wait to get the watercolours out again, “Soon my pretties”.

Here’s a link for week 1 and week 2 just in-case you’re interested.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

Note: If you want to know more a link to information on inktober and what it is all about is here.

Inktober 2019 Week 2

7 Octopus
7 Octopus

Hi there, how are you?
Another week of inky drawings on brown paper.
It’s been interesting so far, where do the dark darks go and just how much white is too much? I used a grey pitt pen for some of the shading and hatching for other bits.

1. octopus – (above) swimming in the water, I might have gone a little mad on the white gell pen here but overall I like it

2. frogs – blue poisoned dart frogs to be exact, beautiful and deadly. They looked a little sad sitting on the page so I gave them a background and rocks to sit on.

8 Blue poisin dart frogs
8 Blue poisin dart frogs

3. fish – high-fin cardinal fish are so pretty in aquariums, all of the white parts glow in the tank lights.

9 Highfin cardinal fish
9 Highfin cardinal fish

4. turkey – not the most beautiful birds to draw but definitely one of the more interesting. I used the official prompt “pattern” for this one with all of the fancy feathers.

10 Turkey pattern
10 Turkey ( prompt pattern )

5. crab – I’m not sure what type of crab this is, In the photo it was purple and very pretty.

11 Crabby
11 Crab

6. next – (move along please nothing to see here) I made a birthday cake and card on this day and there was no day left over for inktobering  *sad face*

7. sparrow – I do love a sparrow and the photo of this one was so cute. also we had been out for the younglings birthday dinner and eating afore mentioned cake (yummm)

13 Sparrow
13 Sparrow

So that’s how inktober is going at the moment. I’m not stressing over the missed days, if I have time I may make the numbers up or not, its still good practice either way.

I’m not following prompts, unless they fit in with the things I’ve drawn but it is fascinating to see how other people have interpreted the prompts in their own interesting and out of the box ways.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

Note: If you want to know more a link to information on inktober and what it is all about is here.

Inktober 2019

1 warthog pig inktober
1. warthog, pig theme for pinchpunchpost and day one of Inktober

Hi there, how are you?
It’s October again, or should I say Inktober. The time we break out the pens and ink for 31 days of inky art making.

Here’s a link to information on inktober and what it is all about.

I wasn’t sure at first what parameters (goals) to set. I have to give myself something to aim for or practice, I’d probably give up halfway through otherwise.
Last year I learned Chinese brush painting and really enjoyed it.

There was a roll of brown paper (they use rolled up brown paper inside rolls of wrapping paper these days and not giant tubes) I’d been saving for who knows what so I’ve cut it into A5 ish pieces to try and work out drawing on toned paper. It seems to be better quality than the craft paper I have and up to now none of the ink or pens I’ve used has bled through the page. Alcohol ink seeps through everything so I’ll use these sparingly.

1. (Above) warthog – this is a bit if a two-fer, October 1st is pinch punch post day (a twitter monthly challenge) so I combined it with Inktober, the theme was pig, I love all kinds of pigs so I drew a warthog. He even has a little bit of scenery.

2. humming bird – a little humming bird about to fly away. I tried to add a touch of colour with some aqua pens, meh. I do like the branch.

2 humming bird inktober
2. humming bird

3. I’m not using any prompts in particular but I saw a prompt list called #inkredible_inktober by @plushbrush @ohn_mar_win @jendixonarts @bearbellproductions @marienoellewurm⁠ on instagram. The third prompt on the list was berry picker and I instantly thought about a little mouse eating blackberries.

3 berry picker inktober
3. A little mouse picking blackberries.

4. turtle – this is a black breasted leaf turtle, they could fit in the palm of your hand and they’re so cute. I drew it from photos I had taken at the zoo.

4 black breasted leaf turtle inktober
4. A black breasted leaf turtle.

5. morel mushrooms – all the holes and crevices were fascinating to draw.

5 morel mushrooms inktober
5 morel mushrooms.

6. lotus seed pods – I started to play more with a white gelly roll pen here and even tried a little shading. I’m liking the effect.

6 lotus seed pod inktober
6. lotus seed pods

The brown paper takes a bit of getting used to, I like the effect others are able to get.  I’m hoping that using it every day for a month will give me a better understanding of how it works.

The first week is done three more to go, let’s see if I can manage the whole month.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x

Inktober 2018 Week 4

inkktober day 22 lotus Inkktober day 22 lotus with black ink.

Hi there, and welcome to week 4 of inktober.

link to  what Inktober is here

If you would like to check out previous weeks
Inktober week 1
Inktober week 2
Inktober week 3

I thought I’d be flagging at this point but I’m still finding this style of painting fascinating.

Starting the week with lotus. I had seen pictures but had no instructions in the books I was using and I really wanted to paint some. I found one or two youtube videos and after watching them a few times then set about painting them.

22 – Black and white lotus flower and leaves. (see above)
23 – I added some colour to this one on the flower. I’m really struggling with the leaves they’re huge.

inkktober day lotus 23 Inkktober day lotus 23

24 – After reading in the books that there should be some sort of insect or bird to bring life to the painting I decided to practice painting bugs, butterflies, dragonflies etc

inktober insects day 24 Inktober insects day 24

25 – A lotus flower leaves and a butterfly, using the insects I had been practising the day before.

inkktober day 25 lotus and a butterfly Inkktober day 25 lotus and a butterfly

26 – Another lotus. I’m still struggling with the leaves so I painted three this time, (I need the practice). I also think that dragonfly could have been a bit bigger,

inkktober day 26 lotus and a dragonfly Inkktober day 26 lotus and a dragonfly

27 – Kingfisher, I love the simplicity of this little guy.

inktober kingfisher day 27 Inktober kingfisher day 27

28 – Fish, I think it’s a goldfish, I gave him some weeds and stones for a little background.

inkober day 28 fish Inkober day 28 fish

Not all of the paintings this week had proper instructions, they were pictures in the books I was using but they turned out pretty well in the end.

Almost there now, just a few days left then it’s all over for another year.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x