Zentangle Practice and Movies

They’re not all zentangles but that doesn’t matter.

I like drawing stuff in little squares. Usually, I don’t like being boxed in, but these provide a nice small space to practice in or to sketch out ideas.

Who else is a Shameless fan?? I got the Showtime free trial so I didn’t have to wait for it to show up on Netflix. Well, I missed the cancel deadline by an hour, so I’m paying for a month But YAY they offered me another 30 days free after that.

So, I figured I’d watch some movies. And I love having movies on in the background while drawing.

Who else misses going to Hastings and looking around? I loved it. And I feel like I watched more movies back when I had to go rent them or buy them.

Quick movie review . . .

Becky – This has Kevin James playing a different type of character than I’m used to. It was ok. Kind of a B movie Home Alone story, cuz she creates traps and goes after the bad guys. I still have 25 minutes left. Doubt I’ll find out how it ends lol.

Dead Water – It’s alright, has Casper Van Dien. Another one with 25 minutes left. I don’t actually care how it ends, but I drew a little boat while watching it.

The Machinest – OMG this movie disturbed me as soon as I saw Christian Bale. He didn’t look like himself. He was a skeleton. I have 37 minutes left. I sorta wanna finish it but what’s the point? I’ve been disturbed enough lol.

Cold Brook – I picked it because it has Kim Coates from Sons of Anarchy and a guy who was on Prison Break. The reviews were positive but I got bored fast. 82 minutes left.

Don Jon – I didn’t actually draw during this one. It wasn’t too bad. And the ending wasn’t disappointing.

I guess it’s a good excuse to watch a bunch of movies but I think they help to inspire ideas. Especially, when you do more than just watch it. Pay attention to the lighting, the directing, and all the other parts of it.

So, what are your favorite movies to watch while you draw?

Inktober2020 – Days 3, 5, and 7

Eight days into Inktober2020 and I haven’t missed a day. Overall, the challenge is going good. I’m developing a daily habit of drawing and I’m creating some really great sketches that I can work from.

I struggled a tiny bit coming up with a composition for Rodent. I knew what I wanted to do, but a day was just not enough time for me to make it happen. I posted my unfinished drawing on Instagram. I like the image I drew for Wisp, but I didn’t get the background bold enough. And day 4 Radio, could have been better, but I did what I could.

Day Three – Bulky

I almost skipped day 3. I couldn’t think of an idea I was happy with and I didn’t think I’d have time anyway, so I decided I just wouldn’t pressure myself to do it. Thankfully, that night I got the idea to draw a big bulky coffin and a tree squished into a locket.

I was also able to try out pen techniques that I’m not that familiar with.

Bulky Sketches

My first idea was to draw a muscular arm against a black background. I didn’t like the idea but when I typed “Bulky” into google, bulky muscles were the only images showing up.

Then I considered a scarecrow but I wasn’t coming up with anything interesting.

Day Five – Blade

I like how this one turned out. I knew I wanted to draw a skull bowl with blood dripping from a blade. I was pretty much inspired by the tv show Supernatural. This method is used to call on Lucifer or whichever evil lad or lass that needs to be called upon. (Oh hey, Supernatural airs tonight . . . YaY! The last season has been delayed due to our lil’ nuisance, covid😷😒)

I wanted to rely more on pen techniques, but I’m just not quite confident enough. I used pens and Inktense for this one.

Blade Sketches

Day Seven – Fancy

I like this one too. I used bic pens on the unicorn and crystals and Inktense on the background.

Fancy Sketches

I knew right away I wanted to try drawing a unicorn. And I love when this happens . . . the image just came together easily with no struggle. I drew one sketch trying to place the unicorn in a water pool surrounded by crystals. But I didn’t like it. Then I drew the image I ended up using.

Don’t forget to check out my new Instagram account. I’ll be sharing my Inktober drawings everyday there.

Inktober 2020 Manifesto and Prep

Do you struggle to come up with ideas for Inktober?

Do you get scared that you might miss a day so you just don’t do it?

Or do you get a little intimidated by the social media part of it?

These are some of the reasons why I haven’t done it in the past. One mistake I was making was thinking that I had to fly by the seat of my pants and not prepare ahead of time. If you have the time and ability to bust out an ink drawing everyday without prep, that’s great. But that won’t work for me.

My Manifesto

I think manifestos are fun to play around with. I was inspired by past artists who wrote manifestos. Mine is really just a declaration of goals instead of the violent and aggressive call to action style.

Pen Practice

I don’t have any experience using the Macron ink pens so I started with a couple of practice pages. This page also serves as a good reference for the size of each pen.

And this page is practice of the different shading techniques.

Day 1 – Fish

My goal is to have a sketched out idea for each day before October. If I can’t do that, I’m going to be sure I have at least have sketches for the first ten days. Then I can add the rest as I go along.

A couple of years ago I was really into drawing Koi, so that’s the type of fish I’ll be drawing for day 1. These are some practice pages I did to get used to my new pens.

And here’s my sketch on scratch paper. I’ll probably make some changes or maybe even change my idea completely, but this sketch gives me a place to start working from.

I plan to draw the pencil sketch for the final Inktober drawing in my sketchbook the day of. And I’ll also be using liquid ink and Inktense pencils. (Forgot that on my manifesto)

I’d also like to have a Halloween theme, but it’s not required.

Instagram

I’ll be honest. I’m not into social media. It just doesn’t interest me at all. But I know that it’s a good idea for artists to use Instagram. So, I’m gonna be brave and kickoff my Instagram account with Inktober2020. I don’t really understand hashtags and all that, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it.

I haven’t decided yet if I’ll post my Inktober art on my blog every single day or not. High Speed Internet isn’t available at my house, so I have it at a family member’s house and it isn’t always easy to go there everyday. I will be posting to Instagram everyday.

If you’d like to see my daily progress, just let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to try to do that for you.