Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fast and free ink drawings

I recently bought a new, fairly inexpensive fountain pen (by fountain pen standards, at least) that I love. It is a LAMY Safari fountain pen, and I first heard about it on Danny Gregory’s blog. I’ve been following Danny’s work for some time, and have always admired his line drawings, which are so spontaneous and free.

Reading Danny’s blog is like a little bite of dessert every morning. (I usually read in my jammies, since the posts pop up in my e-mailbox overnight). And I love the series of videos he’s been doing on different artists, like this amazing one on Hayley Morris, a stop-motion animator.

Tonight, I challenged myself to try drawing with the pen. My usual style is to do drawings in pencil, erasing and re-drawing if necessary, then carefully inking them in. This time I just picked up some 4x6" unlined index cards (not as much pressure as a sketchbook) and drew a few objects sitting on my desk. Fast and free. No erasers, no regrets.

My goal: work fast, have fun, stop striving for perfection and just get it down. 

 Hey, I like this! Maybe I’m on to something.