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jan challenge 22

I wanted to see the difference that was achieved using inktense as regular colouring pencils compared to activating them with water. I drew the leaf and coloured it in with layers of colour all over, trying to keep each side to the leaf even. The right side was then activated and very loosely blended with water to compare the difference in the colours, intensity of the pigments and tonal qualities. Which side do you prefer? The softer, plain and textured left or the brighter, flatter and vibrant right?

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jan challenge 21

Day 21 was a pastel, rainbow, inktense pencils day. My time for this one was limited and out of the house. Thankfully sitting in a warm coffee shop helped the back layer to dry out fairly quickly so that the circles could go on top.

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jan challenge 18

My second page of colour swatches was to see what my small set of inktense pencils came out like, I find it particularly hard to tell what the colours will look like with these thanks to the pencils being wrapped in a dark blue anyway, the colour ends to denote what the pencil is are much harder to see than my regular watercolours which have a natural light wood finish on the outside of the pencil itself. Below was a section where I had been cleaning my brush while activating both my watercolour pencils the day before and my inktense pencils that day.

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the art challenge week 13 Pop ArtI wanted to go bright, cartoony and use certain things that I find particularly iconic in Pop art; the blocky colours and contrasting areas with dots and straight lines. I didn’t think too much about it when I did it but looking at it now there are a few things I would change. I think the broken heart should be bigger and the cloud smaller but I just had to live with it since I went straight in with pen because I didn’t want to spend too much time fiddling with it or being able to change it once I started.

Why the broken heart? I’m not sure, it seemed poignant and was what my mind instinctively wanted to create and I thought it would be interesting to portray it in a colourful and simplistic way given how much darker I feel when I have a genuine broken heart. This week has been rough with my depression, I needed some colour and lightness.

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the art challenge week 10 shells

A trip to the beach with the little lady, coffee in the wind and a search for shells ended in this drawing using my travel kit of inktense pencils and a water-brush pen to create a loose, colourful speed drawing.

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