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Magpie doodle

From Lil Stinkpot on 1/19/2016 8:05:12 AM

Hi all. 

I finished my magpie. I think it looks pretty good! I'm almost done finishing the banjo. I have the materials for a matching peg head inlay, but haven't gotten up the guts to start cutting them out.



ARietz says:
1/19/2016 12:03:20 PM

that's real nice! I particularly like the eye. What ink/material did you use?

Lil Stinkpot says:
1/19/2016 8:53:32 PM


I used Fabee Castell India ink art pens, see link below, and then colored over that with Prismacolor brush-tipped markers. That became a while adventure right there, because unlike my test piece on tracing paper, apparently on goat skin (this is a real hide head) the markers will lift the India ink right off. On the tail especially it became more of a watercolor project with all the inks floating away. I found my groove, worked with what I had, had some creative fun with it, and then re-did the black outlines and details with the pens when everything settled down and dried out.

These markers are amazing! And amazingly expensive. :-/

r2a2 says:
12/29/2016 7:24:28 AM

Thank you for the links and the information you shared. Very helpful.

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