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Inktober 2017 – Week 2

So we’re at the end of the second week of Inktober, in what has been a rather surprisingly eventful week for me (but that’s another subject!). Here’s a summary of the last seven days of my pen drawings.

They’re mostly drawn in finepoint Pilot pens, but a few are drawn using the Kuretake brush pens I brought back from Japan at the beginning of this year (some of which are about to run out!). Some of these are inspired by the prompt words, others just the flow of what happens on the page.

I’ve seen some truly breathtaking work from others online, whether simple daily sketches or work that has clearly been carefully crafted or prepared,  I love the way #Inktober brings artists together from all over the world, at all stages of their career.

I’m particularly fascinated to see the work of other artists in coloured inks, or using tints of line washes, but for me the chief pleasure of the exercise is about playing with the crisp, descriptive power of black line on paper, whether in pen or brush-pen. I’m not averse to ink washes though – I might have a go before the end of the month.

I’m running out of steam now, can I get through to the end of the month? Let’s hope so!!

#Inktober #inktober2017 #sketchbook #sketching

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All illustration images © John Shelley, not to be used without permission scribblatosis(at)gmail(dot)com