Julie Smits

Illustrator

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Inked and Battered

I love ink.

Fingers stained, surfaces falling victim, the occasional ruination of precious goods--rest in peace my once virginal looking keyboard.

I love ink. I do. I really, really do. It seems to bring out stronger lines, and there's a kind of losing yourself in the process that happens when working with ink, at least for me.

So let's get started...

If you're interested in following my process whilst it's happening, you can follow me on Instagram.

Prompt 1: Draw Standing up

Mulitple sheets of A3's found themselves a new home taped to my window, their back to the London skyline.

Prompt 2: Draw With Music

For the first part, I listened to cLOUDDEAD, because I know I can work endlessly to their strange and eclectic hip-hop.

I didn't want to listen to music I didn't like, so I went with something I just don't often listen to and something that was more agressive. Staying with a hip-hop theme, I listened to Death Grips and Tyler The Creator.

Prompt 3: Draw While Rotating The Paper

I used several mediums in this prompt. Ink applied with different brushes, markers, and pens to a pad I held at angles, turned vertical, and rotated. Letting most of my lines being decided by the angle at which I held the pad, brushes pens and stuttering and halting in the process.

Afterwards I added some writing.

For this one, I folded the paper first, rotated it, let my ink dry, unfolded it, and connected my lines by typography.

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