and introducing #lefthanddrawing
... and here we are back in #inktober2016...
I believe this is my fourth year. It's incredible how each year my work has changed. My first inktober was really a hard task, with very little tolerance for the medium, and no idea what or how to manipulate it, I set myself no more than 1 inked drawing a day; even at the beginning, the frustration was incredible. My preferred mediums were graphite or pastel and I just couldn't get this to work.
I remember getting to the mid month point and wanting to give up... I think the rule of thumb is if you can get past day 13, you're onto a good thing... anyway, I believe my first attempt had me almost throw in the towel around about then... brushes, ink everywhere!
Even in high school, my ink was stronger, and my line was finer... I did 'that thing', you know where you say "I used to be much better at this"... but then I learnt the art of perseverance and practice. After that first year, I started drawing every morning, and carrying a brush pen and inks with me wherever I went. I haven't stopped doing this.
By the second attempt, I still hadn't found my 'way' but decided to master the medium. And that I did. By the third year, I was whipping up about six or seven pieces a day - mainly children's illustration - with a hope of finding a format I could use ink as a medium for these books.
After some time, I realized that the strong, bold lines probably weren't meant for children's stories.
Not a problem, I thought, I'd spend year four finding my genre....
This is year four, and I've found my 'play time' most rewarding, to the point that now I am able to find new ways of applying ink... this month, I've engaged in smaller formats (Milini books with my favorite brush pens) and also the #lefthanddrawing versions, which incorporates the use of the left hand for inking.
#lefthanddrawing - this doesn't come without it's challenges.
Ink, firstly, smudges terribly through my left hand. My favorite brush pens hate me, and frustration of not getting that bold straight line had me sweating.
Another interesting point here is the use of the Left/Right Brain combination/science, which I am very interested in....
So, again, I have learnt to mix my mark, re-find the kink and explore ink further.
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.