INKtober Day Three – Blue Turtle Shell

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Inktober day three by jeffrey johnson of red herring illustrationOne of the things that I love about still lifes, is that they tend to have a very structured complexity. There is a huge variety of shapes and textures in even the most basic of setups.

This drawing presented some challenges that I didn’t expect when I began it. Ink is very binary, in that it is either on or off, black or white. So it’s a pretty unforgiving media. How do you show different tones and textures?

It’s difficult to pay attention to these changes, much less remembering to pay enough attention to what’s going on to recognize the need to change tactics. That was part of the point of the doodles on the first, manifesto page of this project. To remind myself that there’s more than one way to make a mark.


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