Inktober….

It’s 2017 and I decided to do INKtober.  Well, as the month started, I started at a very eager pace.  The prompt list from Jake Parker’s website was a good list that I had decided to theme out.  My purpose was to keep it within the fantasy/sci-fi/adventure movies and TV shows that everyone was familiar with.  The movie series I had picked to sketch from were from Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings/Hobbit and Game of Thrones series.  I matched characters or scenes with the definition of the word either as a true representation of the meaning or an underlying meaning of the word.

Week one went very well but slow.  It was actually pretty easy to sit down and sketch and ink out one drawing the first couple days.  I planned to not go over 2 hours per sketch and inking.  This went well for the first five days.

BB-8 for the “SWIFTest” little astro mech in the galaxy.
Anakin “DIVIDED” between his light and dark sides.
Draught of Living Death as the perfect “POISON“.
The Grindylow that lives “UNDERWATER“.
Frodo and Sam’s “LONG” road to Modor.
Longclaw, the “SWORD” of Jon Snow.
SHY” Ginny Weasley glancing from behind Molly’s sweater

On the sixth day I hit a bit of a bump in the road. When “SWORD” as the sixth word came up, my first thought was “Longclaw” from Game of Thrones.  Pretty easy, you might think, but as you can see in the photo, I used up almost all of my micron on the cross-hatching.  So, this one sketch, keep me going for about two evenings.  I did catch up two days later by finishing week one’s words and starting on week 2.

This is when my world turned upside down.  Between artwork and regular work, I was propelled into a whirlwind of evenings not being able to sketch a full 2 hours.  Some of my sketching and inking was fast or mediocre from what I can really do and it shows.  I started to fall behind on daily sketching as well.  I did tell myself to just keep going and if I was behind, I was behind as long as I got through as many words as I could.

The second weeks of words were actually done over the rest of the month.

“One-quarter potion” growled the “CROOKED” Unkar Plutt.
The “SCREECH” from the beloved Hedwig.
Hagrid merrily dancing with the “GIGANTIC” Madame Maxine.
RUN” Gendry, run.
Lord Commander Snow “SHATTERED” one of the ice kings.
Smaug’s lair is “TEEMING” with gold.
Princess Leia, “FIERCE” — enough said!

I must confess, that I do like a good challenge but I have to make sure that I have the time to complete the challenge.  I was only able to finish 10 words within the month of October but I started words 11 and 12 and plan to continue to draw out the rest of the words until Fan-Art February starts.  I may just continue from the themes that I am using now and you can follow my progress on Instagram at @banasiakart.  😛

Next up cougar portrait in pastel:  A how-to explanation of how I created a cougar portrait in pastel.  Stay tuned.

#5dayartchallenge Day 5

I was nominated to do the #5dayartchallenge by one of my besties, Frank. So, for the next five days I will be posting three pieces of art I have done over the past 20 years here, on Instagram and on my Facebook page. Hope you all enjoy the next five days.

#5dayartchallenge Day 5

Now we are at the end of the #5dayartchallenge.  I will leave you with 5 of my favorite sketches and journal entries from between 2011 until now.  Hope everyone likes the sketches.

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Chickadee sketches, Sketchbook 4 page 20, 2013, graphite.

Chickadee sketches, Sketchbook 4 page 20, 2013, graphite.

Treasures from the sea, Journal book 1 page 10, 2013, watercolor.

Treasures from the sea, Journal book 1 page 10, 2013, watercolor.

Seagulls, Journal book 2 page 24, 2013, watercolor.

Seagulls, Journal book 2 page 24, 2013, watercolor.

Pretty shoes, Sketchbook 5 page 2, 2013, watercolor and ink.

Pretty shoes, Sketchbook 5 page 2, 2013, watercolor and ink.

Brown pelican, Sketchbook 5, 2013, colored pencil and ink.

Brown pelican, Sketchbook 5, 2013, colored pencil and ink.

JUST A REMINDER: All work is copyright to Rebe Banasiak and The Brush Hilt and only a written permission statement by the artist (Rebe Banasiak, that’s me) is acceptable for any and all image use from this website.  Legal action will be taken if use of any images from this website are used without the proper written consent from the artist (yet me again).

#5dayartchallenge Day 4

I was nominated to do the #5dayartchallenge by one of my besties, Frank. So, for the next five days I will be posting three pieces of art I have done over the past 20 years here, on Instagram and on my Facebook page. Hope you all enjoy the next five days.

#5dayartchallenge Day 4

So, I am on the next five years from 2006-2010.  Let’s see what I can find to show you now.  😉

Tiger

Tiger, 2006, ink on paper.

Pansy III, 2008, Inktense and watercolor on aquaboard.

Pansy III, 2008, Inktense and watercolor on aquaboard.

The Year of the Dragon (Kimodo dragon), 2008, watercolor on paper.

The Year of the Dragon (Kimodo dragon), 2008, watercolor on paper.

 

JUST A REMINDER: All work is copyright to Rebe Banasiak and The Brush Hilt and only a written permission statement by the artist (Rebe Banasiak, that’s me) is acceptable for any and all image use from this website.  Legal action will be taken if use of any images from this website are used without the proper written consent from the artist (yet me again).

#5dayartchallenge Day 3

I was nominated to do the #5dayartchallenge by one of my besties, Frank. So, for the next five days I will be posting three pieces of art I have done over the past 20 years here, on Instagram and on my Facebook page. Hope you all enjoy the next five days.

#5dayartchallenge Day 3

Now, for the time after I got out of school and needing to get my ass in gear.  This next batch is from my first 5 years after graduation from SAIC.  Hope my skills are getting better as time goes on, LOL.

Clouded Leopard, 2002, pastel on paper.

Clouded Leopard, 2002, pastel on paper.

Tiger, 2004, watercolor on paper.

Tiger, 2004, watercolor on paper.

Hyacinth Macaw, 2005, pastel on paper.

Hyacinth Macaw, 2005, pastel on paper.

JUST A REMINDER: All work is copyright to Rebe Banasiak and The Brush Hilt and only a written permission statement by the artist (Rebe Banasiak, that’s me) is acceptable for any and all image use from this website.  Legal action will be taken if use of any images from this website are used without the proper written consent from the artist (yet me again).

#5dayartchallenge Day 2

I was nominated to do the #5dayartchallenge by one of my besties, Frank. So, for the next five days I will be posting three pieces of art I have done over the past 20 years here, on Instagram and on my Facebook page. Hope you all enjoy the next five days.

#5dayartchallenge Day 2

Now I will take you to my time at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I learned so much from my mentors Peggy Macnamara and Olivia Petrides.

Sight in Yellow and Violet (Wolf series), 1999, mixed media collage.

Sight in Yellow and Violet (Wolf series), 1999, mixed media collage.

Scarlet Macaw I, 2000, oil on canvas.

Scarlet Macaw I, 2000, oil on canvas.

Raccoon, 2001, graphite on paper.

Raccoon, 2001, graphite on paper.

JUST A REMINDER: All work is copyright to Rebe Banasiak and The Brush Hilt and only a written permission statement by the artist (Rebe Banasiak, that’s me) is acceptable for any and all image use from this website.  Legal action will be taken if use of any images from this website are used without the proper written consent from the artist (yet me again).

#5dayartchallenge Day 1

I was nominated to do the #5dayartchallenge by one of my besties, Frank. So, for the next five days I will be posting three pieces of art I have done over the past 20 years here, on Instagram and on my Facebook page. Hope you all enjoy the next five days.

#5dayartchallenge Day 1

So, I will take you back to my years at Lewis University.  Here are three of my favorite portraits that I did.  In my opinion, two of the best teams in sports! Yes, I am a diehard Chicago Blawkhawks and White Sox fan!  Born and bred, BABY!

Ozzie Guillen, 1992, graphite on paper.

Ozzie Guillen, 1992, graphite on paper.

Eddie the eagle Belfour, 1994, oil on canvas, 4'x6'.

Eddie the eagle Belfour, 1994, oil on canvas, 4’x6′.

Chris Chelios and Brett Hull, 1995, acrylic on illustration board.

Chris Chelios and Brett Hull, 1995, acrylic on illustration board.

JUST A REMINDER: All work is copyright to Rebe Banasiak and The Brush Hilt and only a written permission statement by the artist (Rebe Banasiak, that’s me) is acceptable for any and all image use from this website.  Legal action will be taken if use of any images from this website are used without the proper written consent from the artist (yet me again).

Throwback Thursday – #2

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This is one of the reasons why I love to draw things from nature. Some living organisms trust humans to do the right things. After saving him from getting stepped on, I carried him to an area with lots of tree cover and placed him safely on one of the trees. His camouflage was excellent.

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Throwback Thursday – #1

This is from the year 2000 when I was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The second stipple I ever did in pen and ink.

Beetle, ink stipple on vellum, 11×17.

Beetle, ink stipple on vellum, 11x17. Copyright Rebe Banasiak, The Brush Hilt and Banasiak Art Gallery.

Beetle, ink stipple on vellum, 11×17. Copyright Rebe Banasiak, The Brush Hilt and Banasiak Art Gallery.