Happy New Year, everybody! I can't believe Holidays in Ink is over. I'm still mentally processing everything from this challenge. Here's a video tour of the sketchbook I created during the challenge.
A note about the figurative works: Except for the dancers in primary colors, they were done during weekly figure drawing Zoom sessions that I do with a few friends. We've been working from master paintings, allowing 20 minutes for each. The figures are therefore a bit more stylized than they would be if we'd been using photographs.
For the past two weeks, I've mostly been working on my Copperplate calligraphy and flourishing. I feel like my sketchbook hand lettering allows me to be a bit sloppy, so I wanted to also practice more controlled lines. It was very difficult to do that on the paper in this particular sketchbook; almost all the inks bled like crazy on one side of the paper, and the pointed dip nibs kept catching. A lot of the calligraphy work involved repetitive practice, so in the end, I selected bits and pieces of what I liked the most from the hundred or so pages I ended up with, and pasted some examples into the book.
While filming the video, I flipped through the book quickly to conserve bandwidth, and so that it wouldn't drag. You can alter the speed on your settings if you'd like to watch it slower. I haven't overdubbed with sound and explanations, but if there's anything you'd like to ask about, please put your questions in the comments.
I always feel a little sad when I reach the end of a big, exciting project. It helps to have a plan in place for what's next, but this time, I don't have one. Yet! How about the rest of you?
I hope you've enjoyed the video flip-through of my Holidays in Ink sketchbook, and would love to hear your comments about it! Thank you so much for watching. If you'd like to see the other posts about Holidays in Ink, you can see a list of them here. The post with the Challenge Details and Prompt Lists is here.