Arsenic And Old Lace (Inktober 2017, Day Three)


My Inktober 2017 piece for Day Three is a shot from an old Cary Grant movie, Arsenic And Old Lace, from 1944. Due to the fact that the prompt for today was, “poison,” arsenic was the first thing that popped into my head.
I feel like this piece is at once better than days 1 & 2, in terms of capturing the likenesses of both Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane, and yet notably looser. For instance, the pen mark across Priscilla Lane’s cheek, which I laid early on in the work. I was simply blocking out shapes lightly, and the pen got away from me, and came out a little darker than I would have preferred. Nonetheless, I left it, in the hopes that shading later on would cover it. It didn’t. So that mark remains, but it at least serves to show some foundational sketching. I also feel like there might be a hint of French Impressionism coming through. I put a lot of focus in on Grant and Lane’s facial expressions, but as I moved to the background and away from the center, I was getting more and more scribbly, and pretty much letting the pen marks speak with liberty.

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