It’s nice to pick up a pen and open up my drawing book. To be honest I don’t do it enough.
At Art College we started off using pencil and charcoal but graduated — slowly — to using pen. Pen is one of the toughest mediums to draw with I think. Instant mark making with no room for error and what errors you do make have to be incorporated and be believed.
In this modern era of instant gratification, I still like the discipline of looking hard and interpreting real life into line drawing. It takes time although I do work reasonably quickly. It’s nice to know that in the era of Instagram, there is still space for a patiently observed and crafted image, every detail burnt into the memory.
I need to do more of it, but without the drawing on the pants bit.