Inktober 16 “Bison”– I love drawing bison! Especially the big bulls who are attitude from one end to the other. I saw this one in Yellowstone National Park. Went international with the supplies this time…a Yaroslawl “Orgtechnika” nib from a Ukrainian seller on Etsy. The nib has a hammer and sickle stamped on it so maybe they bought or acquired the inventory of an old Soviet era pen nib factory since they offer lots of different types. In any case it’s a great nib for drawing even though I’m sure in was intended for writing only. Perle Noire ink from Herbin in France. And a Global Arts “hand-book” Kona Classic sketchbook.
Inktober 15- “River Otter” Spent quite awhile watching this river otter on the bank of Big Lagoon, not far from where we live. I used a Gillott 404 dip pen nib, Higgins Eternal ink in a Stillman & Birn Delta series sketchbook.
Inktober 14- “Giraffe” I really loved the curve of his neck and the light and shadow pattern in my reference photo. This is the third of the toned papers I’m trying out for Inktober, a Stillman and Birn Nova series sketchbook. I used a Gillott 303 EF nib and Perle Noire ink for the drawing. The white is mostly a Sakura Gelly Roll pen, also using a UniBall Signo for a bit of touch up.
Inktober 13- “Gorilla”– This is the silverback western lowland gorilla, Oscar, who lives at the San Francisco Zoo. It’s a preliminary study for a painting that also let me continue to explore combinations of toned paper and both black and white pen and ink . I used an 8×8” Kona Classic Hand -Book from Global Arts, a Rotring EF Art Pen and a Sakura Gelly Roll white pen.
I’m now on Patreon! My first ten patrons at the $5 level or higher will receive a one-time gift of a small original drawing or pen and ink piece after they’ve been a patron for three months.
Inktober 11- “Baby African Elephant”– Finally have gotten started using my dip pens! I saw this baby elephant at the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park some years ago. I’v e also seen them in Kenya. They always make me think of that wonderful piece of music from “Hatari”, “Baby Elephant Walk”. Strathmore 300 vellum bristol, P. Soennecken Bremerburseneeder EF nib, Perle Noire ink.
Inktober 10- “Gull”- This one is doubling as a preliminary study for an upcoming painting that will be entered for a juried exhibition. Copic 0.1 pen in a Stillman and Birn Zeta series sketchbook.
Inktober 9- “Alexander A Really Great Cat”- This our ten year old tuxedo cat who we’ve had since he was three months old. He’s a big ole fur ball who will happily roll over for tummy skritches. Platinum fountain pen on Strathmore 300 vellum bristol.
Inktober 8- “Baby Spotted Hyena”- We spent around a half hour watching a clan of spotted hyena on an art workshop safari I took in Kenya in 2004. One of the adults was laying on the ground. Suddenly a little head popped up next to her leg and this cub came out into the morning sun. Platinum Carbon Ink pen on Strathmore 300 vellum bristol.
Inktober 7- “Mongolian Agama Lizard” These small reptiles are quite common in the drier parts of Mongolia. I love their funny face with the overshot jaw and their great color pattern. This one “posed” for me for quite a long time. Stillman & Birn Beta series wire bound sketchbook (the very last page) with a Pilot EF fountain pen.