Happy Quarantine from Texas, USA!

Happy Quarantine from Texas, USA! - student project

 

Greetings from Fort Worth, Texas! Abiding by quarantine rules, I've focused my energy back on my art and wanted to get re-inspired to do some inky illustrations. I had such a fun time learning along with Dylan. I know the project asked to make 4 postcards, but I couldn't help myself and I made 8! 

 

For this project, I wanted to keep my supplies simple: Speedball Blank Ink, one nib pen, one calligraphy brush, Faber-castell 0.1 pen for any mistakes, Blackwing pencil. 

 

I recently moved to Texas to live with my boyfriend's family, and I've really enjoyed learning more about his childhood home. Most of the illustrations are still shots of scenes that I find heartwarming about my new home. 

Banana Warm-up:
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Texture Practice:

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Reference Photos:

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Thumbnails: (highlighted in yellow are the chosen ones)

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Process: 

I sketched everything out with a Blackwing pencil. After that, I inked the main lines with the nib pen and followed up with the brush for shading/values. 

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Final Postcards (In order of completion):

The Bristol paper I used was pretty old and yellowing. That's why the corners have that yellowish tinge. 

 

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In this image below, I changed up my process. I only sketched the big shapes, then followed up with painting in the values. I didn't sketch any of the objects. I used a Pilot 0.5 pen and drew as I went. In hindsight, I prefer inking with a nib pen because there's so much more control over the line thickness.  It was a great experiment to know exactly what I like to do. :-) 

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Michelle Ramirez
i like to try new things!