Hi everyone. Thanks for all the well wishes regarding my fall last week. My foot is pretty much better now and, in hindsight, my daughter and I believe it was actually a pinched nerve causing the severe foot pain that night. A couple of days rest and it was fine...so it could have been back/hip related after all. My hand is still in a fair bit of pain when I try to carry out heavy tasks but that is to be expected with nerve and soft tissue damage.
Over the past week, I have been busy with daily sketching for Inktober. I have been posting my sketches over on my Instagram feed if you want to see them daily as I don't get time to post here every day.
A meerkat sketched with water-soluble ink and then a water wash was applied.
This emu was sketched with permanent ink, then washed with water-soluble ink.
The eyes are done with ballpoint pens.
Getting the beak to look right was quite challenging.
A very quick post today as I'm feeling so tired after my late night trip to the hospital emergency yesterday. I didn't get back home until after 1am and didn't get to bed until after 2am. You can read all about it on my previous post HERE as well as see my first Inktober sketch. I have today's ink sketch done but the artificial lighting is terrible for taking photos at night. I will photograph and post it tomorrow morning instead.
My foot is doing much better today thanks to the anti-inflammatory medication and resting it. My hand is still in a fair bit of pain though. If it doesn't ease in a week, I might go back to my own doctor just for a second opinion. I would have felt better had they done an X-ray. A chap from the Plaza's Centre Management rang today to check up on how I was doing which was a nice gesture.
As you know, I've been quite busy with online classes of late and I will share more about that in another post. For now, I thought I'd share a journal page I did last week.
This will be my first year participating in the INKtober challenge and I'm quite excited about it. Anyone who knows me will already know that I love to sketch directly in ink/pen but can I pull it off daily for 31 days? Wish me luck.
This old paperbark tree resides in one of the streets not far from where I live. I admire it every time I drive by it. I think it's because of the way the branches bend downwards. I sketched this beauty with a Carbon Platinum fountain pen from a photo I took. Unfortunately, it's not in a safe spot on the road -side to just pull over and sketch from the car.
I'm posting the sketch a little late because I had a bit of a setback with my left hand and left foot yesterday (Oct 1st). You may remember I had carpal tunnel surgery four months ago and my left hand still wasn't fully healed. I was unable to bear any heavy weight on it such as using my hand to help myself up from the floor or use it for any heavy duty tasks. Well, yesterday afternoon, I was at the local shopping mall to pick up a prescription for my son when, my left leg slipped in a puddle of water sitting right outside the pharmacy. Down I went and my reflexive action was to put out my left hand to break my fall. I have an old back injury from years ago so my first instinct is to always protect the back.
I took this course to learn simple techniques that will help me
on location when sketching buildings etc.
You can watch a video covering the course details HERE.
Below is some of my homework from the course so far.
These were all done from photo reference.
Each week, there are two homework lessons,
one that is indoors,
and one that is outdoors.
I've yet to catch up on the outdoors one.
As wonky as the results can be,
I have so much fun with contour sketching.
It's where you take a single line for a walk
without lifting the pen from the paper.
It helps you to get a feel for the structure/object.