...one change I forgot to make note of…I am still using the Faber Castell pen. The first seventeen drawings were Sharpie fine point, and I guess I switched to the new pen without even thinking about it. (compare one of the first drawings to the last one, on the right) Looking back through the other drawings, I do like the thick Sharpie line; there is something very strong about those heavy black lines, like they don’t mess around. Those lines mean business. The new pen…the line has more feeling, more intuition. This line might cry if you yelled at it. When I look at those lines I can see little wobbles, where I was deciding which way to go, took a breath, little pauses.
Another change in the last few drawings…I have started doing some light sketching with pencil before jumping in with the pen. Mostly on the figurative parts, but the last drawing I also gave myself some pre-drawing for the tree. It seems like in the first drawings I was really exploring pattern and motif I love in Klimt’s work, and gradually worked towards adding figurative elements; exploring ‘Le Style Mucha’… his ‘macaroni’ hair and use of the female form . I know that part of this is because I have been drawing so many of these trees, but also probably because I have created them on different days, with different influences inspiring me on any given day.
So, back to drawing utensils… I like both, but I think that there might be too big of a difference, so I may consider using both pens. My worry is that the ink won’t match…guess I will just see what happens. Oh, by the way- tree number nineteen is complete (below). Now on to tree twenty!
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