In case you haven’t noticed by now, I am a perfectionist. I admit it. If the proportions are not correct in my drawings it drives me nuts. I will work with the pencil or watercolor pencil drawing until I am satisfied before adding ink. At the same time, I have always admired those who can make loose, expressive observational sketches without worrying if everything is not exactly in proportion. I admire those lively and vibrant sketches with the slightly wonky lines.
Well, I finally decided to give it a try and grab my Lamy Safari EF nib fountain pen with Noodler’s Brown 41 ink, and screw up my courage and just dive into a series of ink-only sketches. I chose to use a separate sketchbook for this new venture, so I would feel free to experiment. The rules I made for this sketchbook are: no pencil, or even light watercolor pencil marks of any kind before drawing with ink. I focus on drawings, not color. Once I got over the initial shock of allowing some wobbles and inaccuracies into my drawings, I realized I was excited by this new way of drawing. It is fun! It is unpredictable! It is a challenge that requires my complete concentration. And even though the finished drawings are not exact in their proportions, as I work in my main sketch journal, something about them is satisfying. I think I am becoming addicted to the freedom in making sketches like these.
Stepping out of my comfort zone and just going for something new has ignited my curiosity all over again. I see potential subjects for sketching everywhere and can’t wait to get out my pen-only sketchbook and give it a try.
I am not trying to compose subjects in this sketchbook, or design page layouts. I just look for something interesting and draw it as I see it. And it turns out that everything is interesting when you draw it, just like Koosje Koene says. Where was I when Inktober was going on? I’m a little slow – or early. I will be ready to join in next time.