Blue-Ringed and Blood Shot

Edited November 6th, 2017, to link up the art supplies.
Updated November 22nd, 2017, to note the passing of Gumball on November 21st. R.I.P., Gumball.

A colorful. close-up drawing of a cartoon blue-ringed octopus with a blood-shot eye, rings that escape into the water, and bubbles all around.
Blue Ringed and Blood Shot. Copic Multiliner SP 0.3, Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens, and Derwent Inktense pencils on Fluid 4 x 6 cold press watercolor block. October 24th, 2017.

This was actually drawn on the 24th of last month. I sat down to draw with a purpose in mind: To make a suitable graphic for my next post on Medium. I ended up drawing an octopus, which, frankly, happens more often than it should.

I’ll probably never post about octopuses on Medium. I can’t swim, I’ve never owned a salt water aquarium, and Gumball at the Aquarium of the Pacific is in hiding every time I visit—so all I know about octopuses I’ve learned from reading what someone else already knew.

I know enough to hazard a guess, though, that if a blue ringed octopus had a bloodshot eye, the vessels probably wouldn’t be red.

Why post a piece I’ll never put to good use? So my wife can see it later.

Why post it now? Because I’d like to get at the next sheet on that watercolor block!

Slowvember’s Slow Start

A very short, ink black Derwent Inktense pencil, held in rough, dry fingers.
That’s my ink black Derwent Inktense pencil, freshly sharpened, held over a Canson Fanboy Manga Art board. I could probably do with a new pencil. And maybe some hand lotion.

To be fair, I didn’t know that Slowvember was a thing until it was already underway. The point of Slowvember, according to the Society of Visual Storytellers, is to follow Inktober with a challenge “…to slow down the pace and work on one image and make it as good as you can.”

“While Inktober is about making a new image daily, Slowvember is about quality and getting something really good.”

And, since documenting the process is a part of the Slowvember spirit, I thought I would start at the start. Inktense pencils seem like a great way to begin a month-long art project which will probably end with more traditional inks and maybe even some Derwent Graphik Line Painters.

Are you participating in this year’s Slowvember? Feel free to comment below.

And don’t forget to hashtag!