Day 1: Still life with fine point pen
My still life consisted of a beloved old camera from my college darkroom photography days, a stuffed alien, a demented looking Barbie, a troll doll, a barometer, and more.
Day 2: Garden-like still life with dip pen and ink
Day 3: Study of a person (or perhaps hands) with bamboo pen and ink.
My sleepy-eyed husband modeled for me, and as a result he ended up with a larger-than-life chin. I just got a new bamboo pen, so I used it for a 2nd drawing, with white ink on black paper.
Day 4: Person or objects from around the house with charcoal to render value and fine point pen for added line. (I used a fountain pen.)
I didn't have a person available, so I used stuffed toys from around the house, including a sock monkey that I made, and Nelson the Adirondack black bear, who's cross-continental saga I detailed here on the blog, three years ago. And how could I forget the stuffed dragon?
By the way, I know some of you have made sock monkeys with kids. I thought it was absolutely one of the most challenging projects I ever did, with the sock unraveling as I tried to stitch it together. So Flossie, my sock monkey, is my first and will be my last.
Day 5: Person, with diluted ink and watercolor brush; I used a 'neutral tint' ink as well as some black.
Day 6: A garden with soft graphite pencils
It's the wrong time of the year for that around here, with snow everywhere, so I substituted one of my bay windows filled with plants as subject for this assignment. I used 2B, 4B, and 6B pencils, as well as a big chunky graphite stick. Along with the drawing you can see my actual window.
Day 7: An outdoor scene with plenty of texture, using a mix of pens, ink, brush, and water.
Again, I wasn't going to sit outside for this, so I decided to work from a photo on my PC, that I took in warmer weather. It was a very challenging assignment, since my photo was bursting with autumnal colors, and I was drawing in tints of black ink. The paper didn't like getting wet, and the pens didn't like drawing on the soggy paper. On to better things tomorrow!!