So... hi there!
This class is such an eye-opener to me!
In school we had to use ink pens and as a kid, of course, I loved Manga. So back in the day I used to ink a lot, all in black and white (as in: white of the paper), and sometimes blue - much to the chagrin of my parents, for the little bottles that I'd lug everywhere would often stain luggage, clothes and carpets. My personal best was a pristine white carpet in a holiday home (i.e. not our carpet) that got covered in Rohrer & Klinger's finest black. :D (My parents actually managed to get the d*** thing washed! ^o^;
I've never considered actually _painting_ in inks, though. I have a few colours (blues, blacks, browns) of drawing ink. I guess that's dye based? My LO actually has some of these ink pens (some reds and blues) that Anna used in some exercises - which I confiscated. :P I was considering plundering my Copic ink refill supply when I saw some Koh-i-Noor inks online. 12 Colours for like 10 Euros or so?! I harbour a pretty irrational level of love for that brand (the only good thing in communism *sigh* - my Mondulez coloured pencils are still in use and much loved). So I clicked buy before I finished reading the description. They are supposedly shellac inks and feel pretty different from the stuff I know (Pelikan, Rohrer & Klinger, East Asian inks)...
Anyways, I am a bit intimidated, because I don't want to stain my palette and the stuff is so different from what I'm used to. So I'm following the exercises very closely for now. Started out with the writing part, because that's just what I knew:
I wasn't a fan of the brown, so I used my blue inks. :)
Then I did the ink drawing. I used the same pen I used in school, just with black ink. Made me feel 17 again. :)
Then I tried the abstract exercise. Nicked LO's blue and red ink pens, took out my new Koh-i-Noor's and the leaves. Yes, I had collected leaves and dried them. Here:
I wet the page and then tried putting colour on the leaves. And it just wouldn't work. I have no idea what happened, but I sort of panicked (mildly) and then grapped the only thing I had that would print (and could get covered in permanent ink): bubble wrap. And then I went crazy.
I gotta say, I love love love the result. I'm pretty sure I will try this again!
On another paper, though. I manged to kill my sketchbook with this. And considering it's a Stillman & Birn (which just take anything you throw at them, normally), that's pretty hardcore. Stuff bled through to the other side (and the next even). On the other hand, I actually like the effect:
(I did get out my Deleter's white for the calligraphy priviet, tho. That I wanted pristine.)
By then I was ready for shellacs:
The texture is really interesting and so different from what I'm used to. Loving it, though. Also, I used a real Zank palette knife, which I'd "stolen" (by mistake) from my teacher during an oil painting class a few years ago. Finally it got put to good use. ^^;;;
I never really do landscapes, so I was really happy with how quickly you could turn out something nice with these inks. Also, that "effect" on the sky is the backpage of my crazy abstract painting. ^^;
Then tried some tighter painting:
I love the way these colours come out. The fact that you absolutely cannot correct your blunders, though, stresses me out quite a bit. ^^; It got worse in the next one:
The inks got soaked into the paper as soon as they touched and got a very strange mottled texture. Obviously, I don't know if it's the paper, the Koh-i-Noors, shellac ink in generall, or well, me. ^^;
Still looks OK-ish. If you only look at the face. ^^;
Butterflies. I'm moderately happy with these. :)
And dear teacher, I copied your drawing, ready to colour 4 butterflies, but there are only two? ^^;;; Do you maybe have a reference photo (or a finished version) of the other two?
So, this is as far as I got. The poppies and owl are a tad intimidating. (The poppies because there is no sketch and I'm really not a flower painter. The owl because. It's a whole owl and my squirrel already looked so crappy. ^^; )...
So, I'm loving this. Will definitely try out more - I started a new sketchbook for this, so 50 pages still to fill. :)
I would have loved some more info dumping on inks, kinds of inks plus differences, use of inks vs. watercolours (especially why you prefer inks for some projects) etc. I'll ask that in the discussion, I think.
So. *erm* Do Svidaniya, I guess? :) (Gosh, Russian in Roman letters looks funny. ^__^;;; )