Inktober 22 “Howlin’ “– Well, this is it for 2018 Inktober. I hope you’ve enjoyed my contributions. For this one, I reached waaay back into my past as a calligrapher, lettering artist and sign painter, which was definitely fun. So it’s all hand drawn with a pen over a pencil layout. The wolves are from two locations. The ones on the right and left were at the Grizzly Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Wyoming. The one in the middle was part of a pack of white wolves at the Tiergarten in Berlin, Germany. I’ve been wanting to use my howling wolf reference for quite awhile. Copic Multiliner SP .25 and .1 pens on Strathmore 300 vellum bristol.
Inktober 20- “Khomyn Tal Takhi Mare” I’ve been to the Khomyn Tal takhi reintroduction location in northwestern Mongolia twice. Once in 2006, two years after it was established, and again in July 2015. Takhi/Przewalski’s horse (Equus ferus) are the world’s only surviving species of genetically wild horse. I first saw them at Hustai National Park on my first trip to Mongolia in 2005. They’ve been one of my favorite art subjects ever since. Pilot EF fountain pen, Prismacolor white pencil, Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook.
Inktober 18 “Kangaroo” Today’s piece is, like the gorilla, doubling as a study for a painting. Photographing the kangaroos at the San Francisco Zoo some years ago inadvertently ended up with this cropping, which I really, really liked. Tried out a looser outline and line work just for fun. Strathmore 400 vellum bristol, Esterbrook Radio 956 nib and Diamine Jet Black Ink.
Inktober 12- “Short-tailed Stoat”– So…this one is an experiment from one end to the other. Of course if it had been a Fail, y’all would never have seen it. This stoat was one of a colony that kept me thoroughly entertained popping up and down in the rocks one evening near a monastery in Mongolia. I was inspired by Aaron Blaise to buy some white ink pens and try them with my dip pens on toned paper. The “firsts” are: a Gillott #404 nib and both Gelly Roll and Uniball Signo white pens on Strathmore Toned Tan sketch paper (a 5.5×8.5” pad). The black ink is Perle Noir, which I used for the last piece, a baby elephant. I’m quite happy with this first attempt, so there will definitely be more Inktober drawings done this way. I have lots of toned paper, lots and lots of pen nibs and a number of bottles of ink. So I think this will go on past the end of the month.
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.