Octopus for the New Year

Happy New Year, everyone!

Hard to believe that another year has gone by. And in honor of the 18th year of this century, I have here and octopus. I realize that octopi have eight arms and not 18, but let’s  not worry about that.

I started with a pencil sketch that started out very loose, then I gradually tightened up a bit.

octopus sketch

I then inked it.


I was originally planning on leaving it black and white, but I eventually decided to apply a wash and some ink splatter.


The original piece is fairly large, and even with my large format printer, I had to stitch this together.

Ink Wash Quickies

I photograph many cityscapes, for they are great for ink washin’ (the apostrophe means it’s fun). Ink wash is very quick to render large areas of light and shadow, and it’s a lot of fun. What I like to do is to get a reference photo and render it well in pencil. Then I do a quick pen sketch, followed by a wash.

ink wash cityscape ink wash cityscape