I’ve been busy working on a new illustration project lately (featuring Bears, unsurprisingly) or rather, busy trying to work on a new… ripping stuff up, getting cross, having no ideas and drawing in a very uptight fashion. If you are familiar with my scribblings you will know that my style is generally quite loose.. messy even. I use a dip pen and ink and water and pencils and crayons and paint and brushes and fingers… I’ve also got to the point where I think everything I draw or paint looks like crap. (Sorry, I swear and it will probably get worse than that.)
I had a bit of a moan to a very dear friend about how useless I am this morning. Sorry. You know who you are. x And decided to put the whole thing on hold for a bit and refresh my brain with completely different things, ie not art. Having a general clear up of my studio* (*corner of the conservatory) I found an old Rotring pen. 0.2 nib. I’ve had it for years, (slight guilt here) it was given to me by a good friend when her Dad died, as she thought I would use it. 0.2 nib. That’s very fine. And fiddly. I’ve used fibre tip type pens that are very fine and not liked them. I like the variety of strokes that different pressure makes with pencils and nib pens. And wash. And rubbing things with my fingers. And flicking paint and ink about. Anyhow, I thought it’s not really my sort of thing but I’ll see if it works and maybe give it to a friend…
So I drew this (work in progress). In spite of being really hung up about drawing anything it sort of worked. I think it’s to do with being relaxed because you’re not expecting anything. Whatever, the concentration kicked in. I think I’ll keep the pen. And play about with it for a bit.
Bears can wait. But I’ll be back to them soon.
If you want to look at the drawing more closely click on the photo for a larger view.