Inktober XXIII

For the record, it’s weird as hell that juvenile vultures look old as fuck. This is really just me testing to see if I can erase the non-photo blue penciling I did after it’s covered with an ink wash or not. Gotta wait till it dries, but we’ll see.

Inktober XXII

Apparently there’s drawing prompts associated with each day of Inktober? Lame.

So today is “Ghost”. There’s a couple photos floating around on the web, search Krokodile and wade through the mess to find them, you’ll know. A couple photos of this woman who’s missing the half of her face. It’s arresting. You can see the light on her sphenoid bone and the zygomatic arch is open where one entire eye is gone. She’s probably dead now, so Ghost applies I think. Beauty might be more explicit though. And I don’t mean in some degenerate death-and-decay-is-beauty way. No. Never. I mean it in that life, is staggering and terrible in it’s beauty. Here’s this woman, bones of the maxilla and mandible exposed, alive, standing and posing. Tenacious, and beautiful. Yellow bone, sores, and pink living tissue together. They show these Cloverfield-Alien-vs-Predator movies and I think no, we are so much better than all of that. In any case, sparse clean lines seem appropriate.


I don’t know why I thought the back of a couple suits heads in an elevator might be fun. No, I did. I figured I could make a narrative, like hey these dudes are going to CORPSEMOUTH™! That’ll be fun. Nope, boring.

Schmincke Horadam Aquarell Eight Half-Pan Metal Pallet with Water Container

I might have a problem with watercolor pallets. I want to find one that’s perfect, that has everything I want, and nothing I don’t. That means I have a lot of pallets. Most recent is a little metal one from Schmincke. There’s at least three companies out there making the same pallet, Schmincke is just one, Whiskey Painter’s and Field Artist are the other two. The Schmincke is the most expensive one, but it’s also the only one to come with eight artist-grade half pans. Not bad for around twenty bucks more. It still comes out at less than a hundred which is my personal spend-on-art-supplies ceiling.

Things I like:

  • Has a ring on the bottom, which is important because when I grip something too firmly, queue the tremors
  • Has a built in water flask; don’t need a bottle or a water-brush (which I’m not a fan of)
  • Has an attached water cup; don’t gotta bring one along
  • Small enough to fit in anything
  • Sturdy enough to not need to be inside something
  • Only two mixing areas

Alright, so every other review out there is gonna say “ew gross! only two mixing wells!”. I get it, more wells, more mixing, more colors, whatever. I work small, five by seven inches and five by seven inches only and forever, amen. I like having just two, more than that is hard to stay focused. Mix a color, paint everything that’s gonna be that color, move on. Add a brush load of something more to one and glaze it over something that’s mostly dried. Two wells is good. Some dig the limited color pallet, I dig that, and the limited mixing pallet.

I don’t really love that I can’t fit any brush I like in the pallet. I mean, you can fit one of those tiny, super-short handle brushes (like the stubby Winsor & Newton ones that come with their smallest pallets) and maybe some ultra-tiny retractable brush. No normal travel brush is gonna fit. Not a Da Vinci four, not an Escoda Versitil four, certainly not the six or eight rounds I prefer. Oh well.

I should mention the matte enamel mixing wells don’t need breaking in. The flash doesn’t leak. It’s best to pour out of the flask not by shaking it but just a little squeeze to the pallet, the metals thin enough to flex a bit and that overcomes the air pressure that keeps the water from flowing out the little hole nice and smooth. I’m very happy with it.

Haven’t tried the paints that came with it yet, it’s got the eight from that Altoids tin Sennelier in it now. Gonna try and use those up.