Inktober Week 2


Inktober Week 2

Well I’m already into week two of #inktober. It is going by so fast. I have seven new drawings to share with you today.

Inktober Day 5: For Day 5 I used Dr. Ph Marten’s Bombay India Ink in Van Dyke Brown and then I used Dr. Marten’s Iridescent Calligraphy Colors in Copper Plate Gold for the accents. I used a dip pen and found that I was having an extremely hard time regulating the brown ink with particular nib I used. The ink was bleeding everywhere and through the paper too. Overall  I guess it came out okay, but I was pretty frustrated by the time I finished it.

Inktober Day 5

Inktober Day 5

Inktober Day 6: For Day 6 I used Higgins Calligraphy Ink in black, although I personally think it looks more like a dark gray, and a dip pen. This drawing went pretty well until I accidentally dipped my pen to far into the jar of ink and a big old splotch landed right on my llamas nose! I was so disgusted so I decided to splash on some more ink. In the end I suppose the ink splotches worked out fine.

Intober Day 6

Inktober Day 6

Inktober Day 7: For Day 7 I used Higgins Drawing Ink (waterproof) in Black. The Higgins drawing ink “black” is much darker than their calligraphy ink “black”. I used a dip pen again. Overall the ink and pen seemed to cooperate with me and I am relatively happy with the results. When I was writing my info on the drawing the pen kind of flicked ink upward (where it looks like little black vertical lines) so I decided to also add a few ink splatters.

Inktober Day 7

Inktober Day 7

Inktober Day 8: For Day 8 I used Daler-Rowney Black India Ink for all the outlines and the pattern on the fabric. For the large areas of black I used a Pitt Artist pen in black (which is also India Ink). The colored areas are done with Copic markers. I used silver metallic and clear glitter gel pens by Sakura for some of the accents in her hair ornamentation. I am really happy with this drawing. The only problem was when I went to write “Geisha” I had too much ink on my nib and big splotch dropped right on her neck. 😦

Inktober Day 8

Inktober Day 8

Inktober Day 9: Day 9 was actually done a day later as I was overwhelmed with projects on Day 9. Since I was trying to catch up I used my Lamy Safari fountain pen instead of dip pen. My pen is filled with Noodler’s Heart of Darkness ink. I used Copic markers for the fingernails and the word “hand”. I also used a Sakura white gel pen to add highlights to the fingernails. I’m not very good at drawing hands so I wanted to try out this new techniques I saw for drawing hands. Hey, at least it looks like a hand now. LOL.

Inktober Day 9

Inktober Day 9

Inktober Day 10: For Day 10 I used Liquitex Acrylic Ink in Sap Green with a dip pen. The words “lil Froggy” were written with a Copic marker (brush tip). This lil froggy was fun to draw. I felt comfortable drawing with the dip pen on this one and I’m happy with how this lil froggy came out.


Inktober Day 10

Inktober Day 11: For Day 11 I used Daler-Rowney FW Pearlescent Acrylic Ink in Moon Violet and Dr. Ph. Marten’s Bombay India Ink in Van Dyke Brown. I was NOT happy with with how the FW Pearlescent ink behaved with the dip pen. I don’t think I will use those pearlescent inks with dip pens again. Using that ink was actually a bit of a nightmare and made for an unpleasant drawing experience.

Inktober Day 11

Inktober Day 11

Well, that is it for week two of Inktober. I’ll be back later to show you what I draw this week! Happy drawing!


3 thoughts on “Inktober Week 2

  1. First, they are all wonderful works! Second, I’m glad that I told you that I liked the splotches before I knew how frustrated you were with them. I really think that they add a little something extra. I like ’em. 🙂 Remember, there’s suppose to be mistakes. This is not your usual medium. You’re still honing your skills. Lastly, It seems like the culprit in all of your frustrations is coming from the nib. Have you tried different brands or types of nibs? …Anyhoot, hat’s off to you. I’m horrible with a dip pen! LOL!

    • Thanks Mel! I hadn’t thought of that. Most of the nibs I have I bought used in a batch on eBay. As I look closer at them they are all pretty much damaged (the tips are bent, the part that holds the ink isn’t touching down on the nib, etc.). I will definitely have to see about getting some new nibs.

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