Shoes Tread for Inktober


Artwork – Zebra Zensations Technical pen on Hahnemuhle Nostalgie Postcards

So why hasn’t any shoe company come out with tangled treads? I know some are close, but that only counts in horse shoes, not people shoes.

The tangle patterns are all from Alice Hendon’s latest book ‘Tangle All Around the World’. (If you haven’t already, you can see my review at Doodlewash). Patterns used: SO, Tri-4, Midnight Venture, Totem, Tweety, Jester, Tear Gear, Square Gear, Background #4, Trigon, Mozaic, 4Shelly, Baby, Citrus Flower, Carson, Blooming Appealing, Vezz, Black Tie, Cross Bar, Crete, Porter and Bulbzz.

  • Official Inktober Prompt: Tread
  • Doodlewash Prompt: Shoes
With MIYA Solid Water Colors Palette-18 Colors added

Today is the 20th day of Inktober, where anyone who is interested is challenged to do an ink drawing every day!

The official Inktober Prompt List.

And the Doodlewash prompt list for the month.

Zebra Pen is joining the fun with a month-long challenge, giving you the chance to win $250 dollars worth of pen products! Just follow zebrapen_us and zebrapen_canada on Instagram, and when you post your Inktober drawing there, use the hashtags #zensationschallenge #Inktober2019 and #Inktober.

Sling Rock for Inktober


Artwork – Zebra Zensations Technical pens & Zebra Zensations Brush Pen on Hahnemuhle Nostalgie Postcards

  • Official Inktober Prompt: Sling
  • Doodlewash Prompt: Rock

I thought about getting really creative and drawing Goliath and the giant, but as usual, my brain was feeling much more active than my pen, so I settled for just drawing a sling and some rocks.

Today is the 19th day of Inktober, where anyone who is interested is challenged to do an ink drawing every day!

The official Inktober Prompt List.

And the Doodlewash prompt list for the month.

Zebra Pen is joining the fun with a month-long challenge, giving you the chance to win $250 dollars worth of pen products! Just follow zebrapen_us and zebrapen_canada on Instagram, and when you post your Inktober drawing there, use the hashtags #zensationschallenge #Inktober2019 and #Inktober.

Misfit Sloth for Inktober


Zebra Zensations Technical pens on Hahnemühle Burgund Postcard. Reference photo courtesy of Free-Photos on Pixabay.

Prompts:

  • Inktober – Mistfit
  • Doodlewash – Sloth

Today I used my Postcard for the Lunch Bag for my Inktober drawing. The sloth is kind of a misfit, unable to do more than crawl along the ground. Mostly they just hang from trees, letting fungus and molds turn their fur green. But they have been around since prehistoric times – the size of elephants at one time! Maybe being slothful isn’t so bad after all!

With Daniel Smith Watercolor added. Photo reference courtesy of Free-Photos on Pixabay

Today is the 18th day of Inktober, where anyone who is interested is challenged to do an ink drawing every day! There are prompts: Jake Parker (founder of Inktober) has an official list, but many others have put out lists as well, including the usual set of prompts from Doodlewash.com.

The official Inktober Prompt List.

And the Doodlewash prompt list for the month.

Zebra Pen is joining the fun with a month-long challenge, giving you the chance to win $250 dollars worth of pen products! Just follow zebrapen_us and zebrapen_canada on Instagram, and when you post your Inktober drawing there, use the hashtags #zensationschallenge #Inktober2019 and #Inktober.

Glass Ornament for Inktober


Artwork – Zebra Zensations Technical pens & Zebra Zensations Brush Pen on Hahnemuhle Nostalgie Postcards

  • Official Inktober Prompt: Ornament
  • Doodlewash Prompt: Glass

I don’t believe I have a single glass ornament of any kind. This is because I am one of Nature’s Natural Klutz Wonders of the World. Such breakable things in my immediate vicinity tend to get broken. And I don’t even touch them! Honest! They kind of jump off the shelf or tree or whatever!

With MIYA Solid Water Colors Palette-18 Colors and White Uniball Signo Gel Pen added

Today is the 17th day of Inktober, where anyone who is interested is challenged to do an ink drawing every day!

The official Inktober Prompt List.

And the Doodlewash prompt list for the month.

Zebra Pen is joining the fun with a month-long challenge, giving you the chance to win $250 dollars worth of pen products! Just follow zebrapen_us and zebrapen_canada on Instagram, and when you post your Inktober drawing there, use the hashtags #zensationschallenge #Inktober2019 and #Inktober.

Wild Squirrel for Inktober – Pencil to Paint Tutorial


Zebra Zensations Technical pens on Hahnemühle Burgund Postcard. Photo reference courtesy of Skica911 on Pixabay.

If you are looking for my review of Alice Hendon’s Tangle All Around the World you can find it here.

Prompts:

  • Inktober – Wild
  • Doodlewash – Squirrel

This painting is what is known as a ‘line and wash’ because it is drawn in pen first and then painted with watercolor.

Before You Start

There is a series of commercials where a squirrel sits in the road, causing a car to swerve and crash. Afterwards, he slaps hands with another squirrel and it’s obvious they planned the crash. The moral being that squirrels are EVIL! Well, actually, the moral was supposed to be that you should buy something, but I don’t even remember what.

To me, the squirrel in the reference photo had an evil expression and I wanted to capture that feeling that he was hatching mischief. The background in the reference was blurred, so I decided to add more color to create something soft and contrasting to the evil squirrel.

Pencil

(This scan is darkened so you can see the pencil lines. You should pencil lines in lightly)

I decided to keep the detail limited – I wanted the focus to be on the facial expression.

Not sure if you’re up to drawing this? Art Tutor has a great grid program that will help by applying a grid to your uploaded photo. You can also crop and adjust color and value.

Except for some texture added to the tree trunks, I just penned in the outlines and minimal detail. Even at that, I felt I’d added too much so I addressed that in the last step.

With Daniel Smith Watercolor and White Uniball Signo Gel Pens added

Monte Amiata Natural Sienna with a touch of Rose of Ultramarine were used for the squirrel. Wisteria, Rose of Ultramarine, Cascade Green and a touch of Monte Amiata were used for the background. If you don’t have these Daniel Smith colors, a Raw Sienna, red violet, red violet & white, and a blue-green would give similar results.

Notice that there is a roughly circular flow to the colors in the background and the most contrast is along the lower branch, leading you to the squirrel’s face. The sharpest detail is in that face.

As mentioned in the step above, I felt I’d penned in too much line detail, so now I grabbed a white signo pen and added highlights to the fur along the back and blended some of the ink into the yellow behind. I used it, smoothing out the gel ink with a finger, along the other two branches so the light would again lead the eye toward the face.

Did it all work?

Today is the 16th day of Inktober, where anyone who is interested is challenged to do an ink drawing every day! There are prompts: Jake Parker (founder of Inktober) has an official list, but many others have put out lists as well, including the usual set of prompts from Doodlewash.com.

The official Inktober Prompt List.

And the Doodlewash prompt list for the month.

Zebra Pen is joining the fun with a month-long challenge, giving you the chance to win $250 dollars worth of pen products! Just follow zebrapen_us and zebrapen_canada on Instagram, and when you post your Inktober drawing there, use the hashtags #zensationschallenge #Inktober2019 and #Inktober.

Unicorn Legend for Inktober


Artwork – Zebra Zensations Technical pens & Zebra Zensations Brush Pen on Hahnemuhle Nostalgie Postcards

  • Official Inktober Prompt: Legend
  • Doodlewash Prompt: Unicorn

Any map I ever draw is going to have a Unicorn Crossing in the legend. Those guys are rare – so we’ve got to be sure to take care and not run them over while driving in their territory!

Today is the 15th day of Inktober, where anyone who is interested is challenged to do an ink drawing every day!

The official Inktober Prompt List.

And the Doodlewash prompt list for the month.

Zebra Pen is joining the fun with a month-long challenge, giving you the chance to win $250 dollars worth of pen products! Just follow zebrapen_us and zebrapen_canada on Instagram, and when you post your Inktober drawing there, use the hashtags #zensationschallenge #Inktober2019 and #Inktober.

Overgrown Forest for Inktober


Artwork – Cuttlelola Dotspen on Hahnemuhle Nostalgie Postcards

Have you been entering the Zebra Pen Zensations Challenge for a chance to win a Zebra Pens prize package worth $250? If not, be sure to scroll down to read all about it!

I love stippling – the method of drawing with dots, but it’s hard on the wrist and takes so much time. There is an electric pen, the Cuttlelola dots pen – with a nib that moves up and down – you draw, just as you would with a regular pen but the line comes out in dots.

Back in 2016, I wrote a review of the pen. The pens are fragile, and mine died less than a year after I got it. Recently, my friend Alice Hendon sent me another one. Thank you, thank you, Alice!

  • Official Inktober Prompt: Overgrown
  • Doodlewash Prompt: Forest

Today is the 14th day of Inktober, where anyone who is interested is challenged to do an ink drawing every day!

The official Inktober Prompt List.

And the Doodlewash prompt list for the month.

Zebra Pen is joining the fun with a month-long challenge, giving you the chance to win $250 dollars worth of pen products! Just follow zebrapen_us and zebrapen_canada on Instagram, and when you post your Inktober drawing there, use the hashtags #zensationschallenge #Inktober2019 and #Inktober.

Bonfire Ash for Inktober


Artwork – Zebra Zensations Technical pens & Zebra Zensations Brush Pen on Hahnemuhle Nostalgie Postcards

  • Official Inktober Prompt: Ash
  • Doodlewash Prompt: Bonfire

I’ve never been to a bonfire and have kind of never wanted to. The idea scares me, actually building a large fire. So I kept mine pretty small. You never know when these things could get out of control!

With MIYA Solid Water Colors Palette-18 Colors and White Uniball Signo Gel Pen added

Today is the 13th day of Inktober, where anyone who is interested is challenged to do an ink drawing every day!

The official Inktober Prompt List.

And the Doodlewash prompt list for the month.

Zebra Pen is joining the fun with a month-long challenge, giving you the chance to win $250 dollars worth of pen products! Just follow zebrapen_us and zebrapen_canada on Instagram, and when you post your Inktober drawing there, use the hashtags #zensationschallenge #Inktober2019 and #Inktober.

Dragon Reptile for Inktober


Zebra Zensations Technical pens on Hahnemuhle Nostalgie Postcards

Prompts:

  • Inktober – Dragon
  • Doodlewash – Reptile

If I hadn’t decided to use the Inktober/October prompts for my titles, I would have called this one the ‘Fires of Indegestion’. The dragon is fierce and stately creature, but prone to heartburn, tinder stones, and burnt breath.

With MIYA Solid Water Colors Palette-18 Colors and White Uniball Signo Gel Pen added

Today is the twelfth day of Inktober, where anyone who is interested is challenged to do an ink drawing every day! There are prompts: Jake Parker (founder of Inktober) has an official list, but many others have put out lists as well, including the usual set of prompts from Doodlewash.com.

The official Inktober Prompt List.

And the Doodlewash prompt list for the month.

Zebra Pen is joining the fun with a month-long challenge, giving you the chance to win $250 dollars worth of pen products! Just follow zebrapen_us and zebrapen_canada on Instagram, and when you post your Inktober drawing there, use the hashtags #zensationschallenge #Inktober2019 and #Inktober.

Snow Fox for Inktober


Artwork – Zebra Zensations Brush Pen on Hahnemuhle Nostalgie Postcards

There’s a viral video in cyberspace of a fox jumping in the air and plowing through snow, trying to catch an animal underneath. I had that in mind when I did this doodle. I think my fox came out looking a bit more like a wolf though. But then I suspect most foxes think they are as big and ferocious as wolf!

Official Inktober Prompt: Snow

Doodlewash Prompt: Fox

Today is the 11th day of Inktober, where anyone who is interested is challenged to do an ink drawing every day!

The official Inktober Prompt List.

And the Doodlewash prompt list for the month.

Zebra Pen is joining the fun with a month-long challenge, giving you the chance to win $250 dollars worth of pen products! Just follow zebrapen_us and zebrapen_canada on Instagram, and when you post your Inktober drawing there, use the hashtags #zensationschallenge #Inktober2019 and #Inktober.