Got some new pen nibs…decided to check ’em out…looks like I’m liking the Speedball 108 (the dude on the far right with the bandaid on his face). Too bad I wound up with only one of it, and 3 of 12 other kinds I don’t really care for. This is me just messing around with my new nibs and me trying to get used to using inks, inkwells, droppers, cleaners, blah blah blah. It’s a pain in the ass, but I can’t get the line weights out of a rollerball or prismacolor pen, and when it comes to inking, line-weight is everything.
Yet another crack at my idea of a political cartoon. I’m not sure if I should give up entirely or keep on cranking these out. It just feels like…my drawing cannot get any better…I don’t know. It’s weird. Maybe I’ll think about my epiphany about attitude some more. Half of me wants to give up, but the other half is fighting for continuing on. I know that really good cartoonists should inspire me, but I can’t help but feel discouraged when I see the works of the masters.
Yet another stab at a political cartoon using a nib pen and ink brush.
I whipped out a quick ink drawing of my wedding with Kelly. Kinda having fun with these new pens and brushes…
All of my ink work so far has been exclusively in pen…until tonight. I actually went out and got some india ink and a quill pen with a set of nibs to try my hand at what they call “real inking.” This is my first shot at it, so I thought I’d toss it up for posterity.
I’ve been really struggling with hands and feet since I started back up with this whole drawing thing. So I’ve been challenging myself by drawing lots of hands in goofy positions, looking for, and drawing people with interesting hand positions, and drawing in ink.
Ink forces the issue, unlike pencil which I can simply erase and try again. These are a coupla random scribblings I did tonight, with a focus on hands, and I really, really want the deft confidence ink instills. It looks like I’m quite a ways off as these scribblings illustrate (pun intended) but I would be disingenuous if I hid my failings. Besides, I want an archive of these things, good or bad, over time, so I can evaluate my progress and adjust my attention accordingly, especially if I’m gonna take this drawing stuff seriously.