June 28, 2016
By Jack Ruttan in black and white, cats, pencil, sketches, women
Bonus blackwinging. Mrs. Birtwhistle and Mr. Boggedy.
June 28, 2016
By Jack Ruttan in black and white, pencil, sketches
My friend bought a box of the famous Blackwing Pencils (read about them at this link.) They were deluxe pencils made for animators and artists in the 20th century, and the company went out of business. Now they’re being made again, for the same market that buys Moleskine Notebooks and other pricey stationery items.
I do like good art materials, but can’t always afford high-end items. But as with this beautiful rag paper I inherited, I believe in using things up, rather than putting them on a shelf somewhere.
Still, I’ve had lots of fun with the pencil my friend gave me, as you can see here. It is very pleasant to use. But I’m not sure if it’s worth paying almost $40 for a box of twelve.
June 28, 2016
By Jack Ruttan in black and white, brush pen, heads, men, sketches
For someone who draws as many faces as I do, I find it hard to hit a likeness. But I’m happy with this little face of author Neil Smith I doodled in the margin of the Esplanade Editions book catalog.
That glossy paper is very comfortable to draw on with the pentel brush pen. Hope I can do more like these. I’d like a whole collection of authors.
June 25, 2016
By Jack Ruttan in color, paintings, sketches, watercolor
Squirrel in my friend’s tree.
June 22, 2016
By Jack Ruttan in color, digital, heads, women
I hope I’m not wasting my time trying to paint digitally. My line, which I think looks nice enough in watercolour or little pen and ink drawings, to me doesn’t look so appealing in digital.
Still, this post gives me hope. It’s from a “famous” digital artist, discussing how her drawing has improved over the past 12 years. I’ve only been doing it for a little while.
June 19, 2016
By Jack Ruttan in ballpoint pen, black and white, pen and ink, sketches
This is a little sketch I drew for my friend, on a scrap of scratch paper. She thought I was trying to spell the word “FOOT” with the background handrails, and the bike wheels. But this is just a coincidence.
June 17, 2016
By Jack Ruttan in color, heads, horses, men, pencil, sketches, watercolor, watercolour, women
Various items from the sketchbook. I’m trying to work out of my comfort zone. The last two are more like what I usually enjoy doing.
I love horses. Worked at a horse farm for one summer.
Trying here for more “frosty colours, rather than the warm tones I often use. I’ve got better ideas about this now.
June 15, 2016
By Jack Ruttan in ballpoint pen, cats, color, dogs, heads, paintings, sketches, watercolor, watercolour
More from the sketchbook. “Tiny pict-chas,” as my sis used to refer to them, when she wanted to get my goat.
I enjoy the line made when the black roller pen gets wet, and mixes a little with the colour.
June 9, 2016
By Jack Ruttan in heads, Portraits, sketches, watercolor, watercolour
Another sketchbook page.
That’s my Auntie Griselda in the upper left-hand corner. The rest of the people mainly come from magazines, such as “Exclaim,” and those glossy promotional ones you can pick up in cinemas.
I should colour all the drawings, but I guess I’m lazy.
June 1, 2016
By Jack Ruttan in color, comics, sketches, watercolor, watercolour
This one took considerably longer than the first one. Then again, I did actually write something, plus there are backgrounds and more figures. Inspired by all the construction noise around here every summer. There will probably be more on this theme.
Tags: cartoons, comics, watercolor, watercolour
May 27, 2016
By Jack Ruttan in color, comics, sketches, watercolor
I’ve been feeling down about doing comics these days, because it usually takes a lot of time. So I did this thing, and it only took me a few hours. That makes me happy.
I like the rough sketchy treatment. But I will spend more time on the story aspect, next time, obviously.
Tags: cats, comics, watercolors, watercolours
May 22, 2016
By Jack Ruttan in cats, sketches, watercolor, watercolour
My friend has a nice back yard. Did some little paintings there the other day, featuring her cat.
May 16, 2016
By Jack Ruttan in Coloured Pencils, sketches
Something vaguely Shakespearean/Elizabethan, in pen and coloured pencil.