Monday, October 8, 2018

Inktober #5, 6, 7 & 8


#Inktober2018 - #5

Back in 2006, I was gifted with a large batch of pictures
 taken by a very talented man who went on a photo safari in Africa 
with his family and his new camera.

This is one of his photographs; the reference I used for Inktober #5.



I loved the gesture of the little guy, 
so I cropped the photo and flipped the image.

The elephant was then lightly drawn in pencil.



After the outline was smoothed out, 
I drew in some directional lines as guides, 
and began inking.



After inking, all pencil marks were erased.
Here's the finished silhouette cropped without the reference pen.



The same method was used with the following drawings,
although I bet you could easily use the free animal silhouettes
on Pixabay to produce nice pieces 
or just draw some from your imagination, of course.

#Inktober2018 - #6

#Inktober2018 - #7

#Inktober2018 - #8

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Image by DTL / Morguefile.com

"October is crisp days and cool nights,
a time to curl up around the dancing flames
and sink into a good book."
John Sinor

Sounds like a plan for this evening.

Hope to see you in a few days.



43 comments:

  1. I love that! Though, I desperately want to put an eye on him!

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  2. Thanks, Sandi. I didn't consider putting eyes on the animals till I got to the rabbit. Why? I don't know... I think they look better with eyes, too.
    Hopefully they will keep evolving as the month goes on:}

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  3. Gorgeous pieces Chris, thanks for showing your progress steps.

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    1. Thanks, Christine.
      Just wanted to show how much easier they are when they are broken down into steps.

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  4. Hello Chris,
    This is so funny. Very nice to see how you can make figures of different animals of lines.
    So extraordinarily beautiful.

    Best regards,
    Marco

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    1. Appreciate your lovely comment, Marco!

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  5. That is brilliant. Amazing how you can make a picture with just a few lines. The magic is knowing how to draw the lines - i.e. what direction they should go. You are so very talented. I am so envious.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you, Victor. The animals almost tell you what direction the lines should go.
      And drawing is learned. It is easier than you think if you stick to it. :}
      God bless you, too.

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  6. It is a good resource, interesting and fun!
    Greetings!

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  7. I also use Pixabay. Your ink work is inspiring me to get out my pens!

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    1. These are fun, Debra & they make you look really intently.
      They would make pretty handmade cards or could even placed into frames if you get one you really love...

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda.
      I saw examples on Pinterest. Wish I had thought of them first.

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  9. It is great fun to just sit back and observe your work in progress. Like I said before, it all depends on who is drawing all of those lines. Happy Inktober and October!

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  10. Thank you, Chip Butter. (And I just LOVE your October posts!)

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  11. These are all so beautiful. Love the line work!

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  12. those look great :) lots of energy and movement to the lines :)

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  13. Chris these are all superb! Your line work is exquisite. I especially love the little elephant. Very creative friend. Hope you are having a delightful fall evening. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie.
      Yes, it is a beautiful evening. Time for lighting a few candles :}

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  14. Dear Chris, lovely drawings and a good post. Your line drawing interested me, as I'm a painter or colour person(*my mentor defines me so.) Enjoy drawing!! Btw we're getting into a spring! Best wishes, Sadami

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    1. Thank you so much, Sadami!
      Ah, spring down under! A beautiful time of the year for you! Enjoy the awakening.

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  15. Wonderful drawings Chris. I love elephants and wish I can see them REAL close. I love all the strokes with the ink/lines.... My friend went to Africa recently and she went to an elephant sanctuary which allowed her to play with the baby elephants......(expensive but she said worth it!).

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    1. Thank you, Hilda. I wish I could see an elephant real close, too!
      I just saw a video of some people feeding baby elephants with huge bottles - so heartwarming. If I had the money, I would go, too!

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  16. You've been busy drawing so many animals! Thank you for introducing the procedure in such detail! The elephant photo is really beautiful, the 'little' guy looks great in his movement. And you brought him back to life only with the lines!
    But I also love the running cat very much!
    Best regards Ulrike

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    1. Thank you so much, Ulrike. Appreciate your lovely comment!

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  17. Always enjoy seeing the progress and LOVE the final results . I don't think it is so easy to keep all the ink lines straight , well done !

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    1. Thanks, Jane, but don't look too closely - the lines aren't very straight :}

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  18. Oh wow, what an elephant! Only a few lines and so very real in motion! I like the other animals too, but especially the elephant and the bird, because there you let the lines go with the shape and the movement of the body!
    Warm regards, Rike

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    1. Thank you, Rike.
      Yes, the shapes within the animal help you figure out where to place the lines. Lots of fun to do.

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  19. Each single animal is so super... I love that you can go so artsy with just some lines! This is gorgeous! I love all your Inctober pieces so far. The little elephant is just soooo pretty!
    Have fun furthermore! I am looking forward to more of your Inctober art Chris!
    Happy start of the weekend ahead!
    Big hugs, Susi

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    1. Thank you so much, my friend! Loving your new pieces, too (always) :}
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend, too!!

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  20. :-) Thank you for popping into my blog.. Hope you enjoyed your visit :-)
    Blessings, your new follower
    Renee
    https://myfaithisoverflowing.blogspot.com/

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    1. Really enjoyed my visit, Renee. Nice to meet you!
      I am a new follower of yours though my photo did not show up - just the anonymous gray head :}

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  21. These are beautiful Chris! I love this technique! Your quote resonates with me. . . I love this time of year.

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  22. Thanks, Terri.
    Yes, I love the quote. This is my favorite season :}

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  23. It was such a delight catching up with you, my friend. Oh, how I love, love, love your artwork! And I am loving these "inktober" drawings. The elephant is darling! I also liked #11 from your other post...she is stunning.

    Hugs to you!

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  24. There are two things that I wish I could do …
    One is to play the piano and two is to be able to draw … perhaps it's not too late to start?
    In the meantime I continue to thoroughly enjoy your art, and I like the way you've described the steps.

    I also enjoyed your quote - just perfect for this time of year.

    All the best Jan

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  25. Gorgeous! I love the movement. The cat looks like he is on a mission after something..

    Because I am nosy I have to ask...whatcha reading? :o)

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