Inktober 2017

If you haven’t heard of Inktober, it’s a yearly challenge project to create an ink drawing for every day in October. I decided to give it a go this year, inspired by Lucy Bellwood’s 100 Demon Dialogues project. I liked the idea of using the structure and limits to improve my drawing skills, and added the additional challenge of foregoing pencil sketches and drawing without any guides. I cut up the papers and added the frames and captions in advance, then carried a small bag with the supplies around with me and tried to draw every day. For all but the cupcakes picture I used photographic references, mostly from Arkive.org‘s wonderful library.

The experience was pretty great. I enjoyed the discipline, the steadily growing accumulation of completed drawings, and how much I feel my skills improved from first to last. In fact, I enjoyed having a ‘daily’ project so much I started another one promptly in November! For now, here’s a collection of snaps of my Inktober 2017.

Festive printable penguin for colouring

Happy Xmas, gentlepeeps, and I wish you all a fantastic new year! In lieu of a card, here’s a pdf of a festive penguin to print and colour in, if such things float your personal boat. I had so much fun inking it. Any request for other colour-able beasties for me to draw?

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Perching bronze wren sculpture

I adore the way that wrens flit from perch to perch, pausing for an instant with tail up and wings slightly lowered. They haven’t visited my garden recently, so I sculpted this bright little thing to watch over my workbench.

Although its base is slightly hollowed out to ensure a stable and secure seat, it weighs about 60 grammes so would make a perfect paperweight for a twitcher or gardener.

Hand-carved in wax then cast in solid bronze, with a satin or mirror finish.

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Waxes and casting and metals, oh my!

More work in the new medium – wax carvings to be cast in metal, and some from my first batch, which I’d already received back from the casters. The dragon will turn into a belt buckle, the smaller version of the wave ring will be cast in sterling silver, and the little bird will be, I think, a little bronze statuette. There will also be copper ginko leaf buttons, barnacle and wave buttons, and a driftwood and barnacle ring. Phew!