Month: April 2011

Today’s drawing is one of my toys, a Native American Flute made out of bamboo by Faheem Wynn.  This one is flame scorched a bit with a dark bird and he named it Phoenix!  I love it, especially how it bows a bit and angles at the last growth ring.  Somehow, even though it isn’t a perfect machine made tube, it still sounds sweet.

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I’m not sure why the ink feathered so badly in this drawing, it was my standard Noodlers (although in Beaver this time).  Maybe the brown is a tad thinner, or the nib of this Esterbrook is extra flexy and laid down a wetter line, or I fuzzed up the paper a bit when I painted the background before I began— or a combination of all three factors.  Who knows…  Anyway, in the spirit of the 75 Days of Ink, I just lived with it.  For me the main part of this challenge has been accepting a drawing as it is and not fussing with it, something I’m still struggling with.  Just twelve more days of Direct Ink Drawings!!

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Yay!!! It is finally warm enough to break out the sandals!!!  Plus, there are only 13 more days to go in my little 75 Days of Direct Ink Sketches.  Woohoo!!

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Searching for something to draw tonight I saw this sitting on R2’s desk.  He got it a few years ago from Colonial Williamsburg.

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I love the looks of old dip pens, especially ones with an unusual twist like this one with a curvy oak holder.  Unfortunately, I don’t care to use dip pens.  I always forget the proper way to pull the nib and end up spattering my page with ink!!  Who knows though, maybe eventually I will learn to love using them.  I didn’t like the Tombow pens when I first tried them and here I am making yet another drawing using one!!

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I’m exhausted, but this little troll is just so hilarious with his wild hair that I managed the energy for a quickie sketch before hitting the sack.  (Wow!  What a run on sentence.  I really do need to get some sleep!!!)

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I really need to learn to quit while I am ahead.  I chewed up the paper with my pen nib trying to get the darks darker in this drawing.  I should learn to stop while I can!!

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My faithful model, Manny…….

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Just a quickie doodle of a carnation for tonight………

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Only nineteen more drawings left to go in the 75 Day Direct ink Challenge!!

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R1 collects old comic books and The Flash is one of his favorites.  I borrowed this little bust of Flash from him to draw today.

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Only 20 more days left in The 75 Days of Direct Ink Drawings!!!

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R3 loves the movie musical,  Phantom of the Opera so when it came to town during her birthday we HAD to go see the stage show.  She had a blast getting all dressed up and we had wonderful seats right at the edge of the balcony.  She had a huge grin on her face all night long! It was so much fun that the next time the show comes around we will be going together again for sure.

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