I had the blinding epiphany today, after trying out some white graphite transfer paper (Royal Langnickel which is the best name) that instead of squinting to see lead pencil lines on black paper, I could have been using a white pencil this whole time.
This isn’t a complete conversion: the lines aren’t as fine and don’t erase (whatever Royal Langnickel claims about kneadable erasers), so it’s only really good for designs that are fully developed before I transfer them to the paper – direct composition will still be pencil.
But good grief.
This week’s Illustration Friday topic is “Sound”, so here (for reasons of voicelessness and the geographic & nautical terms) is a little mermaid in pen-and-ink and watercolour.
I’d always been a fan of what Disney did to the story. I reread the original again recently, however, and it improves with (my) age.
A little pen and ink piece for the Illustration Friday topic, “Tape”. It’s been a while since I’ve done any dressmaking, but I grew up with my mother always sewing and drafting patterns.
Playing around with straight digital drawing here for Illustration Friday. I prefer to draw by hand but it’s good to practice some stylus control occasionally and learn (and abuse) some unfamiliar techniques.
This one started with the steam–> tea association, too, and got here via samovars.
A quick brush sketch for Illustration Friday between pen and ink projects (sort of visible in the background).