Ed got me going with this one … I enjoy seeing his results and the progress he is making with his toolset (https://mostlydrawing.com). Every now and again, he will upload a bunch of self-portraits. Now I’ve got into the habit of drawing, painting, sketching myself once or twice a week too. Here are the results.
I’m using different sketch books and scrap paper. I use different tools in no specifc order they are
- a Lamy fountain pen
- Faber Castell Pitt artists pens (S, F, SB (soft briush))
- a dip pen (numerous nibs)
- Pelikan wax crayons
- F-C Polychromos colour pencils
- F-C Albrecht Dürer watercolour pencils
- watercolours, with Kolinsky paint brush, or Koi waterbrush
- biros (nothing special, just what’s handy)
- pencil (very very very seldom)
The Lamy is great for on-the-go, I use it to jot down anything (e.g. telephone numbers) or sketch people. At home, I switch to biros or Pitt pens. It’s then nice and relaxing to use the dry colour tools (wax crayons, Polychromos or Abrecht-Dürer), but if I want something really demanding with the chance of achieving a sense of success (no, scratch that, it is always worthwhile), well, then I’ll get out the dip pen, Dirk Weber ink and Horadam watercolours, not to forget the Da Vinci Kolinsky brush. That reminds me, it’s time to spend a few hours with those lovely tools again and “ruin” a few pages of watercolour paper.