Pencil drawing on cardstock. Colored with acrylic ink in water. Linework done with dip and fountain calligraphy pens.
Not up for a video this week and the main thing I have to show has already been gifted. I got extremely lucky before starting this when my friend casually dropped that her favorite animal was a walrus. Given that information and her penchant for trying to get silly animal companions during our D&D gaming sessions, this whimsical little beasty came about. The bottle label reads “Hrossvalr”…supposedly the Old Norse word for walrus, which roughly translates to horse-whale for additional whimsy points.
Since I have a very limited number of inks (6 solid colors, 2 metallics, and 1 opalescent) I wound up mixing and swatching ink blends on some leftover index cards before I started painting this. I may have gone just a littttle bit overboard as I wound up with 40 color swatches from the 6 inks I was working with. At some point I’ll expand my range with some additional inks…and even more blends.
While this piece turned out okay, especially given that I almost never practice drawing, and my friend is very pleased with it…it really brought home an issue I have with everything I make: It is better than expected, but not as good as I want. I can point out the flaws in my work until I go blue in the face enumerating them all. I seem…incapable of being satisfied with what I create, which is incredibility frustrating and demotivating. I can improve my skills, but how does one cope with this level of all encompassing dissatisfaction?
Quite possibly with therapy. Lots and lots of therapy.
Apologies for the shoddy photo quality. I only snapped the one picture immediately after it was finished and the lighting wasn’t great. The colors of the water and glass bottle in particular are also rather delicate and just don’t photograph very well.