I love this twice a week challenge. I decided to use India ink, Sumi ink, and a small nib to create this Monday’s illustration. The small color spots I colored in with Pantone markers. I copied my rough sketch on to a clean piece of vellum paper. I like the smoothness of the paper but it isn’t very conducive to washes. I didn’t care, this was Artday Monday. I was free to play.
Once I copied the illustration and cleaned up the lines, I started to ink. My nib was old and it didn’t hold the ink very well so the lines are thicker then I wanted. I inked the flea first to make sure I didn’t accidentally cover him with any of the hair lines.
Finally, everything is inked and I’m ready to start with the Sumi ink washes.
I tried to vary the color of the wash by adding water. This will dilute the pigment and allow me to create lighter and darker washes. I didn’t have much control over the ink on this paper so I decided to NOT control it.
This image was scanned while the other images were taken with a digital camera. I didn’t want allot of color and I wanted to draw the eye to the Bloody Mary so I left all monotone except the drink and the celery.
I call this illustration “Hair of the Dog”