Welcome! I have a different kind of post tonight--no stamps--sorry! It's high school football season again, which means practices and waiting (though Rick does far more of the waiting than I do). Anyway, I try to remember to grab a sketch book and a pencil if I know that I'm going to be sitting in the car for a while these days.
Before I forget, four weeks from today (September 23-24) I will be in Las Vegas for Copic Workshops. I hope to meet some of my Copic friends there! Other Copic Workshops that are upcoming include Dallas, Edmonton, Charlotte, Phoenix (Fine Arts), Sacramento, Boston, and Portland, Oregon. For more information, see THIS PAGE.
You saw the picture above a few weeks ago when I was working on a rough sketch with my Nobby 3mm pencil; I had mentioned that I liked it for rough sketches because I tended to stay looser when I used a big pencil with fat graphite. If you're a writer, think of it as your rough draft stage--the time when you simply write, without stopping to correct the minutia!
The more I looked at my rough sketch, I thought that I'd go with a square format. So here I've cropped the rough sketch down to about 4-1/4" square.
I was ready for a clean pencil sketch at this point, so I grabbed my light box and cleaned up lines on a new sheet of paper. I left some of the busy-ness out of the background in this step (and even more out when I started inking). Also, I used a much thinner lead pencil--0.5 mm vs. my previous 3mm pencil. The Finelead 0.5 pencil is generally more in my comfort zone than a thicker lead--it's all about control!
Since I was already playing with new pencils, I thought I'd try a new dipping pen nib rather than my beloved warm gray 0.3 Copic Multiliner as well. . . and you know how much I love my gray multiliners, right? :-) Years--okay, decades ago--I occasionally used a crow quill pen for weekly pen and ink drawings when my favorite Rapidograph needed maintenance. I was expecting this aluminum spoon nib to behave a lot like my old crow quill pen nibs, but I liked it quite a bit better. It didn't feel scratchy on my paper, and I didn't have a problem with skipping in the lines. To be fair, I didn't notice as much variation in line width as I did with a crow quill nib either, but I really did like the feel of the aluminum spoon nib. (These come in a packet of 110 nibs, so the package is an investment. I have five nibs--plenty for me without being a lifetime supply!)
I've mostly finished the inking here--maybe a little too finished in some spots! The leaf veining looks pretty harsh to me when this is in black and white; but I think after it's colored, the contrast will be toned down enough that it will look fine. I was overall happy with it considering how long it had been since I had used a dipping pen to ink with. Where you see pencil with no inked lines up above, I decided to leave that part out, so I'll just erase the pencil when all of my lines are dry. (Also, I'll link all products at the bottom of the post.)
IMPORTANT to note: The IC Comic Premium Black Ink that I used above is NOT Copic compatible. It will smear if you use your Copics on top of it. That isn't a problem for me, because I will scan my artwork in and print it on X-Press It Blending Card anyway. (I had used laser copier paper for my pencil and ink work up through this stage, but I will print out my coloring copy on X-Press It.)
I did pull out a black 0.25 Multiliner to draw the square border, mostly because I didn't want to risk having ink run under my ruler! I enjoyed using a dipping pen again, for a change. My Warm Gray Multiliner doesn't need to be jealous though; it's just so simple to throw into my purse and travel with! Now I just need to time to color this one. Is it rude to take markers to a football game? (No, I really won't. I want to watch the game!) Practice, on the other hand. . .
Thanks for visiting!