I’ve had these ink drawings on my mind lately. I was originally inspired when I saw an oil painting of poppies at an art show a couple of months back. That dot of bright red color stayed in my brain. I originally was drawing this in walnut ink and red pencil.
This was the first one. The image then evolved into this – walnut ink and red calligraphy ink.
Lately I’ve been interested in black and light blue calligraphy ink. My entire family received a version of this drawing for Christmas. Each one a little different, a little nuance. Each one has a special marking or pattern that defines it…allows it to stand out…to me anyway.
I loved the way that my fingers ended up with blue and black ink on them by the time I was done. Reminded me of every Shakespeare movie I’ve seen where he rushes in with his latest pages for the play, fingers stained from his creativity.
One thing I know for sure, is that when I have an image or shape in my head, and it won’t go away, I just need to create it. Sometimes over and over again till the urge leaves. Every day I’m usually drawing or painting in 2-3 different sketchbooks/journals (nature and life drawing) as well as lately creating one of these…poppy inspired drawings.
The other night I documented a few of the steps as I drew. Well, actually I took an hour-long video with lounge music playing in the background while I drew each tiny detailed line. I watched it back…and…well….let’s just say it’s long and repetitive. I loved watching it but I think it’s because I was actually there. I plan to edit it at some point down to a speedy version of about 3 min or less. Until then, here are a few process shots from my most recent ink drawing.
I drew with a traditional calligraphy pen and a very special hand blown glass, quill art pen. It creates an incredibly fine line, as thin as a small sewing needle. It’s amazing. I remember buying it while on a trip to San Diego a few years ago. Just holding it in my hand makes me smile.
The series is called “Connected”. I love the way some of the tentacles are reaching out and touching others. Most of all, I love the calm that comes over me as I draw these lines. My breathing slows, my brain relaxes and I am somewhere else…completely.
I will be submitting a couple of versions of this drawing for both a fabric and wallpaper print. I’ve been testing some staggered/repetitive patterns of the drawings and they are fantastic. More soon on that next step.