Getting Ready for Inktober 2020

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/11, 3 sec, ISO320
“Murillo Reference” Cedar Park, 2020

I’m getting psyched for the upcoming Inktober! Just like last year, I’ll be doing daily drawings on my iPad but not following the official Inktober prompts. And of course, these won’t be ink drawings.

I’ve been really lax about my digital drawing, so this will be good for me. I know I learned a lot last year and am looking forward to what this year will bring as far as new techniques and preferences.

Today’s photo is of a drawing I started. I am basically getting a line drawing ready to use as a basis for different kinds of styles.

The original painting is The Virgin of the Annunciation by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo which I viewed at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Unfortunately, one of Murillo’s other paintings was in the news recently because of a botched restoration attempt. 😔

Oh well, nothing is permanent…


Recent Sketches in Procreate

Here are a few recent sketches I created on my iPad. I am reading “Rooftops of Tehran: A Novel” by Mahbod Seraji and this is what I imagine the character Zari to look like. For this sketch, I spent a bit more time than usual on the shading, and I am please with how it turned out. I feel like I’m improving bit-by-bit, and it might sound simple, but the more time spent, the better it becomes. I guess I am sometimes just lazy. Anyways, I also did a Sailor Moon photo as part of a drawing challenge that is going around, and then a couple more quick sketches. It’s almost always fun to make these, but I have to say, the sketch above is the most satisfying drawing I’ve done in a while. 😀

To see all the sketches I’ve been working on, you can check out the Flickr album “My Sketching Journey”, or my Instagram account barron.sketches which I created just for posting sketches, watercolors, and stationery items.

If you’re interested in my favorite sketching gear that I use, you can find a list here.

Night Sketch of Alba

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec, ISO2000
“Finished Sketch” Cedar Park, 2020

All finished! This is the character Alba, from the movie/novel Diva from 1981. It’s my absolute favorite movie, and I am glad I got to see it on the big screen a couple of years ago with Bay.

Please take a look at the Procreate time-lapse at the below the illustration.

“Alba” Cedar Park, 2020

I hope you had a nice day!