First time experimenting with ink. This impromptu experiment was brought on by sudden inspiration. The triggers: Ted Seko, and Ryan Dow. Ryan was experimenting with the an ancient oriental inking technique using bamboo skewers. He related his initial experience, and I was immediately interested. It beats the expense of brushes and markers, but more importantly, it makes for a very organic approach to inking. I thought I had some skewers, but alas, none were to be found. I thought I’d wait to get them, but then I saw Ted Seko inking a comic page on youtube, and I could not resist the temptation.
I broke out the Higgins calligraphy ink bottle, and my daughter’s crayola brushes. (Yes… as I’ve said before, I use whatever is handy… that’s part of the experimental approach). I went at it, with no particular idea of what to use as a subject. The hair led to the face, the body, and then the sword just fell there naturally. I was not being precious at all, marvelling at the way the ink flowed on the sketchbook paper. Haven’t seen anything dry as fast that I can remember. The paper just soaked it up.
So here it is, a little ink warrior. I’ve always favored martial arts, so the post came naturally. By the end, I was planning future ink sallies. I’ve been really missing out on a lot of fun. If you’ve never inked, I truly recommend the experience. I now understand the passion some of my friends feel for this medium.
Thanks Ryan and Ted, and thanks to all my inking friends for sharing their work and tips (although I did not remember any of them while I was doing this, their advise keeps popping up in my mind now!)
Hope you enjoy! More to come in the near future. Thanks for dropping by!