:: Inktober 6 Sword ::

Beneath the rule of men entirely great
The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold
The arch-enchanter’s wand! itself a nothing!
But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyze the Caesars, and to strike
The loud earth breathless! Take away the sword;
States can be saved without it!

— Lytton

I used the Hero 573 Fube Nib as it is a highly flexible tool. It can make very fine lines (when you use the fountain pen upside down) and if you draw at an angle, creates very thick lines. It is also a flexible nib meaning that be pressing on the nib, more ink flows out which makes drawing with one pen only ideal. I really liked using it today, even though it does take some time to get used to it. It is a very heavy fountain pen though, so for those of you who like drawing “light” this is not your pen.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook #20
Pen: Hero 573 Fube Nib with DeAtramentis Document Black Ink (waterproof)
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada from my imagination

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:: Inktober 5 “long” theme ::

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
Phyllis Diller)

A totally imaginary personage. I started with giving a very long neck to my character, and then I painted it in. By painting in some parts, another part revealed itself and then I just had to add the arms… and voilà! Two characters in one. Kind of cool. #Inktober5. I am still waiting for my delivery of brush pens and technical pens to arrive… hope to see them tomorrow -)

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook #20
Pen: Carbon Pen with DeAtramentis Document Black Ink (waterproof)
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada taken from my imagination

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:: Inktober 4 Underwater Theme ::

To sense this world of waters known to the creatures of the sea we must shed our human perceptions of length and breadth and time and place, and enter vicariously into a universe of all-pervading water.
— Rachel Carson

Whales — I love them all! I drew this first with a Carbon Pen EF and then put on the watercolour paints on top. Having fun with #Inktober4.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook #20
Pen: Carbon Pen with DeAtramentis Document Black Ink (waterproof)
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada taken from a reference photo

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:: #Inktober 3 Poison Vial ::

In the porches of my ears did pour
The leperous distilment; whose effect
Holds such an enmity with blood of man
That swift as quicksilver it courses through
The natural gates and alleys of the body…
–Hamlet from Shakespeare

An excerpt from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, in this play where poison thrives… Yesterday I bought a selection of brush pens and technical pens from JetPens.com. They should arrive shortly and I will talk about these when I do! I am enjoying this Inktober sketching themes.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook #20
Pen: Carbon Pen with DeAtramentis Document Black Ink (waterproof)
Pen: Pilot Fineliner (permeable) for shadows
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

:: Inktober 2 Divided ::

My second #Inktober2017 carrying the theme Divided. A city divided by the full force of an earthquake… Still using the same pen as yesterday as I wanted to experiment more and this pen does not like to go over a watery area. It tears the paper apart, and creates little scuff marks. Thought that I would be able to get denser greys, but alas. Tomorrow will try something else.

Pen: Faber-Castell PITT artist pen :: indian ink :: waterproof
Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook #20
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Inktober #1::

Learn to draw. Try to make your hand so unconsciously adept that it will put down what you feel without your having to think of your hands. Then you can think of the thing before you.
— Sherwood Anderson

I am joining #inktober this year for the first time ever and I will be testing out black permanent inks, black non-permanent inks, steel nibs, fountain pens, various inks and paper. I have a pile of paper to test this out too, should be fun! This will be ideal for me as I can mostly do all of this from my house or at school. Yeah!

Even though the Faber-Castell PITT pens say that the ink is waterproof, when I used my Kuretake waterbrush the ink faded… and I was happy though surprised. The Zeta paper is perfect for line ink drawings, as it is very smooth, so this will be my go to sketchbook for this month…

Pen: Faber-Castell PITT artist pen :: indian ink :: waterproof
Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook #20
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada