I was ill yesterday and couldn’t sit at my desk and paint with the gouache paints. Which is probably a good thing, because it’s not necessarily wise to get too into one thing – or medium. Instead, I got an early night, but before that I did some drawing with my pens, and then started colouring them with my Inktense pencils. I finished them off tonight, and I’m very pleased with the results – though the scans don’t really capture them fully.
Pattern tree with Pen and Inktense
I kind of wanted to get an almost stained glass effect here. The bold black with the bright, but somewhat dusty, colours. I love the contrast of the black against the green and then the further contrast of the red and blue fruit. I’m very pleased with this.
Mexican octagon with pen and Inktense
And I did this pattern, too. I think it has a Mexican ceramic feeling to it, and this was somewhat confirmed when my eldest daughter said ‘Oooh, it’s like a tile.’
I’m pleased I got the Inktense pencils out for a bit, as I think I needed a reminder that I do have other media that I love – not just the new-found gouache love.
Here are some photos of the pictures which, though not brilliant, I think give a hint of how much better they look in person.
Edited to add: I’ve just submitted this for this week’s Illustration Friday topic, which is ‘Tree’. Since I love drawing trees, I may well do some more this week! [9 November 2012]