This is my second contribution to the #inkscapechallenge24 which is “western”. This time I thought of a portrait of a Red Indian girl with blue eyes (yes, I know, it’s not real, but I like it nevertheless).
Some weeks ago I bought some coated paper especially suited for markers and felt pens. Until last Sunday I hadn’t used it in my printer, being afraid that there would be a paper jam with it. However I had to try it, and so I did.
I decoloured my Inkscape digital image (shown in the last post), so that only the lines were left and then clicked on the “print” button. No problem – the result was fine. I then fetched my markers and coloured the lines in the traditional way, and I must say that I am quite satisfied with the result. Mind you, I don’t intend to draw and paint in a realistic – or is it realist – way. I always add one, two or even three drops of surrealism to the piece. ..
For a long time I have been a member of a FB group called “Inkscape – Draw Freely”. As I talked about in one of my later posts I rediscovered Inkscape with focussing on creating lineart for colouring later with markers and felt pens. That made me follow the group more closely, and I noticed that there were weekly challenges. The current challenge is called “Western”. I love those old western movies with actors like John Wayne, Gregory Peck – love the horses and the landscape. So when I read about the challenge, Death valley came to my mind, and I tried to compose a vector landscape. Of course the image is far from perfect – but I’m making progress.
I drew the portrait digitally in Inkscape, printed it out and coloured it with markers on cardstock.
When I was going through my paper sheets I found a piece of Acrylic paper. A long time ago I had bought a pad with acrylic paper sheets, but acrylics aren’t the medium I am using just now. I am painting with stabilo 68 pens and a waterbrush and I wanted to know whether I could use them on acrylic paper. The answer is yes I could.
The second interesting thing I found out is that you can use stabilo 68 pens wet to create a nice watercoloury background and then go over that with stabilo 68 pens dry, as I did with the red flowers and the green leaves on top of the background.
This picture is based on a design I did for Zazzle with the two talking mushrooms. In this old version I’d done the colouring with inkscape, but now I decided to put up a composition with three additional leaves of grass, a grey-greenish stone and something which looks like a yellow-golden egg. I then printed the lineart and coloured it in with my markers and coloured pencils.
First, there was a ballpoint sketch. Then I went digital and did the drawing of the first poppy in Inkscape. Then I copied it four times and created the composition, again in Inkscape. When I was satisfied with the result, I printed the page and coloured it with my markers. Fun!