Tag Archives: ink

Art on the Boardwalk Show

It was a quiet but successful day at the Langdon Art on the Boardwalk art show.  I was able to meet some other local artists, which was great.  My art seemed to be well received; also great.  I even sold two pieces.  Excellent!

I was stoked to see all of the artists’ phenomenal work.  I had already seen many of the pieces on the local artist’s Facebook page, but seeing them in person was SO much better.  I am looking forward to many more shows to come.

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The Fieldhouse: Acrylic Ink

Below is the final image for my rural scenery drawing of the fieldhouse and skatepark in Langdon, Alberta.

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I am thrilled to have finished it in time for my first art show since high school (Art on the Boardwalk Show: Langdon Alberta) this weekend.  Whether good or bad, I am looking forward to some feedback on the pieces I have selected for the show.

The Fieldhouse

I have discovered a new style and medium that I am obsessed with:  Urban/rural scene drawing in ink (in this case acrylic ink).

I had no idea where this drawing was going to go when I started out.  My first idea was to do the whole scene in black and white ink.

Upon consideration, the bright red of the buildings were just too vivid to do in black and white.

Once I coloured the buildings, I loved how the colours popped and thought to myself, I wonder what the rest would look like in colour.  I coloured the rest of the image, except for the sky.  Up until this point, I had been using dip pens with the ink, and had no idea how I would use a dip pen to create a sky.

I debated leaving the sky white…then an idea struck.  I got out the ole finger-painting kit (not an actual kit, just my fingers) and dabbed on a sky.  I am thrilled at the outcome.  It may be one of my favorite pieces to date.

I can wait to do more in this style.

Materials used:

  • Daler-Rowney FW acrylic inks
  • Speedball nibs
  • Hunt nibs
  • Daler-Rowney drawing paper (I am continually impressed how well this paper holds up)

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A Series of Selfies

I chuckle at the amount of selfies some people post on Facebook and Instagram.  I graduated high school in 2006 and Facebook was just starting to become popular; Instagram wasn’t even a thing until 4 years later.

However, if the amount of self portraits I did is indicative of how many selfies I would have taken, had the technology been available…well let me just say, I should not judge.

Look at all these “selfies” from my former years.

Langdon Rocks

An ink drawing of some rocks at Langdon Park.

I used to work, almost exclusively, in ink.  I really missed it and am looking forward to doing a few more urban/rural scenes in ink.

The paper was fantastic to work on.  I have never used the Daler-Rowney drawing paper before.  I usually stick to Strathmore and Canson brands.  However, the ink worked so beautifully with this paper that I will be buying some more Daler-Rowney paper when I use this pad up.  I am excited to experiment with coloured pencil on the paper as well.

I really like how this piece turned out.  The rock is a little more phallic-looking than I would have liked.  The rock IS shaped this way, however my line placements may have accentuated bits to make it seemingly more so.

Regardless, I still like it.

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Materials used:

  • Winsor & Newton Black Indian Ink
  • Dip pen (brand unknown)
  • Hunt and Speedball nibs
  • 9″x12″ Daler-Rowney Drawing Paper 75lb.

Sketches from 2008

While perusing some old artwork I came across these gems.

They were all completed in an inexpensive dollar-store mid-tone sketchbook which I can only imagine became disheveled and is long gone.

These pieces, which I must have liked at the time (and still do) were tucked away for safe keeping.  They appear to be done in a combination of ink, coloured pencil and watercolour and were all completed en plein air at my parent’s farm in the Interlake region of Manitoba; except for the one with the elf-like creature having a smoke.  I have no idea where the inspiration for that one came about.

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An Elephant Never Learns: Webcomic

I am so excited to have launched my first webcomic series!

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I have been reading comics on Tapastic for a few months now and love the platform.  It is easy to navigate, the quality of work is fantastic and there is a little something for everyone’s tastes.

The more, I read comics, the more I am able to see the humor in my everyday life.  I have always been a creative person, with a vivid imagination, so I figured, why not put those skills to use.

My webcomic series is called “An Elephant Never Learns” and it features a variety of animals, plants and inanimate objects in humorous situations.  You can check out the first episode at https://tapastic.com/episode/639551.

Since this is my first comic, you can say that I am still in beta mode.  I am still navigating the creators side of Tapastic, which even for a technical-dope like me, is pretty easy to use.  I should be a pro in no time.  I still have a lot to learn about creating comics, but that will come in time as well.