Have you been drawing every day? It’s not too late to join the #InkTober challenge, and ArtistsNetwork is here to encourage you to commit to it. Recently, I decided to let the season inspire me, so I grabbed my nearest sketchbook and pen (scroll down to see how you can win a mini-kit!) and went to work.
As we all know, starting with a big, blank sheet of paper can be intimidating. I used a smaller sketchbook/art journal to begin with, so I made my empty sheet of paper even more inviting by dividing it into four sections. Doing this can also make your goal of drawing every day more attainable. Your drawing doesn’t have to be an 11×17 detailed piece of fine art that’s ready to sell. This is just for you, and it can be easier to start small.
While I love to view art that’s realistic, drawing Zen doodles is more my personal style. For this drawing, I chose a leaf as my subject. Specifically, it’s from my favorite tree, the sweetgum. I used a pencil to draw the outline within one of the sections of my sketchbook page, then drew the main veins within the leaf. After that, I drew simple doodle lines in the remaining sections. It took me about 10 minutes from start to finish. That’s doable every day, right?
Since I recently learned more about how to paint with watercolor, I couldn’t resist getting out a round paintbrush and my watercolor set. I painted the leaf veins with the most amount of ink, then used a clean brush that was full of water to gently pull the color out to the edges of the leaf. Fortunately, I took a photo of the line drawing before adding color, because now I can’t decide which I like best. Either way, it was a fun exercise for InkTober, and I hope it inspires you in some way to spend a few minutes making art. I might use the three remaining sections on my page to draw more leaves or nature-inspired doodle art.
One thing’s for sure: It helps to have resources on hand to refer to and learn from. Before I picked up my pen, for example, I flipped through Zen Doodle Workshop magazine. Just browsing through the art helped get my gears turning.
But now for the fun part. You want to win a free sketchbook and pen, right? Here’s what you need to do: Comment on this blog post below and simply tell us about the last thing that you drew. We’ll choose a random winner* who will receive the following:
• Sakura(R) Pigma Micron .08 pen
• Handbook Travelogue Journal (5.5×8.25)
• Zen Doodle Workshop (magazine)
• Chameleon Tone Changing Marker Set
Good luck! I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve been working on. I’m sure it will inspire all of us!
*Winner will be chosen October 21, 2015. Must be a U.S. resident due to international contest rules and regulations.
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