It’s day 32 of the Find Your Art Style Experiment. Last Saturday I experimented with Inktense blocks for the first time and I loved them. I created a couple of abstract faces. What I loved about then is they let you be really expressive and get colour down quickly.

I decided to try them again today and use them in a similar manner. It’s always harder once you like something and then want to repeat it, isn’t it? There is so much more expectation there than when you were just trying something out.

derwent inktense blocks

I found a reference image to use as a starting point. I like working this way as it gives me an idea of where the light and shade should be, even though I am going to abstract the face.

Using the Inktense Blocks

I created a very loose drawing with a pencil and then went in with the Inktense blocks.

start with inktense abstract face drawing

Adding Water

adding water to inktense

Once I was happy with the general placement of colour I applied water. As the name suggests they give quite intense colour when you add water. Plus once they’re dry, unlike watercolour they are fairly permanent.

Once the drawing was dry, I used the Inktense blocks again to intensify some areas of colour and shade.

I wanted to add my little characters making the eyes into their eyes as well. I had only tried adding these digitally before. So I decided to test it in Procreate again first, but this time once I had decided on the placement and actually draw it on the piece of art with a pen.

I used a few different permanent pens to add the characters and I like the result. Now I am debating what to work on tomorrow I really like both this style and the cutout style from yesterday. Maybe I will just see how I feel?

final abstract face

See you tomorrow

Tools Used

Inktense Blocks –

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