This month pretty much sucked for creating art, quantity-wise. This is for a couple of reasons.
Firstly… Back to school.
Both my girls started school this month. One is now in middle school, the other is in elementary. Between school shopping, meeting teachers, and getting used to a new sleeping/waking schedule, I’ve barely had a moment to spend on starting any new larger piece.
On the plus side though, now that my youngest is in morning kindergarten, I have three hours free each morning. I plan to use that as dedicated art time, which I haven’t had in awhile during daylight hours.
The second reason I haven’t started anything new is that I have mostly been practicing. Up until now, I’ve been using Micron pens to create my line work. However, I have decided that I want to learn how to use dip pens.
Lately, I’ve been studying the ink and pen drawings of artists from the 1900-1930s, and I’ve been very inspired by the creations they made using the tools of that time. One of my favorites is the artist Franklin Booth.
I’m still going to use Microns for my sketching. Those are just too convenient to use for portability. However, my hope is to use the dip pen for future large pieces.