June 2020 Challenge

Challenge_4I’m very excited to be pairing up with Alex McVey for this month’s challenge! I’ve long admired Alex’s skill and versatility. Check out his website.

The prompt phrase for June comes from Gould’s Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan

“For his chest grows noisome & flutters like a prisoned moth.”

As we get closer to the reveal, I’ll be posting Alex’s bio in the side bar, along with a 5 Question interview.

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May 2020 Art


Aaron Gideon, 2020, ink on paper, 9″ x 12″


Richard A. Kirk, Twist, 2020, ink on paper, 9″ x 9″

Check out the art for May’s challenge!

The inspiration for this month’s challenge was a quote from the mighty Thomas Ligotti’s story The Red Tower.

“Numerous natural objects, mostly bulbous gourds, were designed to produce a long deafening scream whenever they were picked up or otherwise disturbed in their vegetable stillness.”

As always, the quote was a jumping off point. You can see we had some fun with it. I didn’t notice until I put these images side by side how uncannily similar the compositions are. Look at the left hand flower in Aaron’s piece and compare it with the leaves in the skull on mine. Both have a large face in the central area and both have a right leaning twist to the mass. I really dig the way a close look at Aaron’s piece reveals so many cool little details.

Hope you enjoyed checking out this challenge!

– Richard

May 2020 Challenge


Spring is in the air, and that means things are stirring in the soil. What better time for a little inspirational Thomas Ligotti! This Month’s challenge quote comes from his story The Red Tower.

“Numerous natural objects, mostly bulbous gourds, were designed to produce a long deafening scream whenever they were picked up or otherwise disturbed in their vegetable stillness.”

Aaron Gideon is the artist participating in the May And Ink in Unfailing Supplies challenge.

We’ll be adding Aaron’s bio shortly. The results of our challenge will be posted on Sunday, May 31.

April 2020 Art

Here they are! The finished pieces for this month’s challenge! I love Joe’s piece with its mind bending use of colour and energy! Don’t forget to read the five question interview with Joe in the interview section.

“How do you know but ev’ry Bird that cuts the airy way, Is an immense world of delight, clos’d by your senses five?”

William Blake


Joe MacGown, The Pleasure of Flight, 2020, ink on Claybord, 9 x 12 inches


Airy Way, Richard A. Kirk, 2020, ink on Stonehenge drawing paper, 11 x 14 inches

April 2020 Challenge


For the April 2020 challenge, Ink in Unfailing Supplies welcomes artist Joe MacGown! You can read Joe’s bio in the artist’s biography section of the site.

The quote for this month’s challenge comes from the mighty William Blake. It is taken from A Memorable Fancy.

On April 30 we’ll be posting our images from the challenge and a 5 question interview with Joe.



March 2020 Art

The phrase for March 2020’s challenge came from French essayist Joseph Joubert.

The sun is clipped. Fogs.

NOTA. Hair, like rays.

Fogs that dust the trees.

And here are are the images! I hope you enjoy them. Please be sure to check out Edward’s bio in the Artist Biography section. I had a great time doing this with Edward and just love the piece he created for this challenge.

– Richard

sun is clipped(1) Edward Eden, The Sun is Clipped, March 2020
fog_dust_web Richard A. Kirk, Fogs that Dust, March 2020

March 2020 Challenge


This is the month that we reboot the Ink and Unfailing Supplies drawing challenge. March’s phrase comes from French essayist Joseph Joubert.

The sun is clipped. Fogs.

NOTA. Hair, like rays.

Fogs that dust the trees.

This months guest artist is Edward Eden.

The only rule for the challenge is that the image must be a minimum of 4″ x 6″ or 6″ x 4″ and completed in 1 month. At the end of the month we’ll post the finished images side by side along with anything we’d like to say about the pieces.

Happy March!

– Richard

Work in progress

JPierro Card9 work in progress

Thought I would post this drawing in progress. Like I said on my first sketch for this topic, I interpreted the line Richard wrote “Boiled  sweets” as a woman covered with boils. After playing around with a couple more sketches I found myself with the desire of doing a simple scene with the two figures in a frozen moment on the page. The woman, his victim & treat, falling to the ground and him in his moment of bliss.

What I think I would like to do after I finish off the two figures is. switch to a walnut ink and give the drawing a backdrop. I pulled it into photoshop and added a piece of an old drawing to see what it might look like.

This ever changing blog will hopefully help me evolve as an artist, by trying different approaches to my pen and ink drawings. I expect to do plenty of drawings that don’t quite work out so well, but that is part of the process.

In Flight Retooling

After some internal discussion, “Ink in Unfailing Supplies” has evolved again, . The initial challenge was to come up with a 4″ x 6″ drawing each week. Which was fun for a while, until it became rather obvious that the date was less a challange and more a limitation. So we changed it to every two weeks. It was still limiting.

So here is the deal. Although our seed text idea will still drive our inspiration, and we will be including sketches and random comments/ impressions, we are removing the time element. I think that will give us the chance to produce better art for this project.

The current seed text will inform the next images. Stay tuned!

The Management

Richard’s Week 9 Sketch

Richard's Sketch 1 For Week 9

Turning in my sketches woefully late this week as I was wrapped up in another project. In the first sketch I was working with an idea of a murderer that dissolved himself with acid. Then I left that and started working on the idea of a victim that had been posed with his head made into a candy bowl supported on the stem of an ice pick. This is how my work starts, in scribbles, which is ironic given the slightly obsessive finish, but anyway. If you look closely, you can see the outline of the murderer showing through the thin paper of my sketchbook. The candy bowl victim is superimposed on top. This is called a happy accident. It suggested something to me that I had not considered consciously. You’ll have to wait until Sunday to see what I mean.