Then, I "painted" the picture of the person's face with the ink in contour-style. After the ink was on it I laid a paper napkin on the face and pressed down....Carla recommends toilet paper -- I see why now. The napkin put design impressions on the results....but that is okay.
Well, my results were okay. One of them was pretty good and after the ink dried I put a bit of color on it with a brush and paint.
What did I learn from this experiment? That when you draw with ink and dropper it works a whole lot more to remember "less is more." Where the ink was bunched up I just got big black blots on the page.
If you are trying to get an illustration style, I have found more and more that watching artists create on video is so helpful. I watched a long one yesterday about Roald Dahl Day. Quentin Blake was there drawing for kids. It was fun to watch. I'll put the link below if any of you want to watch it (again it is like 32 minutes long though).
I am trying not to get discouraged at this process. I am enjoying the drawing, but I sometimes question the time I am spending on this. Is it time well spent? Should I be just focusing on my writing? But as I write this I remember this is one of my dreams and it deserves time. No, it isn't making me money, but that really isn't a true test of what is important. Money is just a tool in this world. Unfortunately a lot of us equate something's success by the money it generates.....that isn't truth. That is just buying into the world's system.
If you too are drawing or if you are an illustrator already I'd love to hear from you. Jasmine Ray has emailed me a couple of times -- that is pure delight. Please check out her artwork. She has delightful watercolor paintings. And Carla Sonheim has also emailed me too. Check her blog out. She is having an internet tour through blogs promoting her new book The Art of Silliness. This is a pretty cool idea. Plus, if you follow her internet journey you get to see some great blog sites.
Have a great weekend. Thanks for visiting. Oh, the video! I forgot.