Inktober 19- “Dragonfly” One of the first things we did when we bought our one acre property over ten years ago was to put in a big pond, almost 40×40’. Within a couple of months two species of frogs, Pacific tree frogs and endangered red-legged frogs, showed up. Since then we’ve had up to five species of dragonflies during the summer and fall. In fact, we saw a couple of the big green ones yesterday, late survivors. I did the drawing from a photograph of one of them from a couple of years ago. Wasn’t easy getting any in focus but I did succeed. I used a Corricolo Blanzy Poure nib, Diamine Jet Black Ink in a Stillman and Birn Zeta series sketchbook. The Zeta paper works really well with dip pens.
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 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 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.