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pen and ink portrait

pen and ink portrait

20160111_170900bMy friend C protests she is not an artist but every year she takes a road trip on which she makes pen and ink landscapes.  I am impressed.  It takes me years before I am brave enough to abandon my pencil and eraser.  Favorite pen #2, Platinum Fountain Pen, Preppy, Fine Nib, Black (PPQ-200-#1)

Unforgettable 2

Natalie Cole, Unforgettable 2, pen and ink portrait.  A few years ago I took a face drawing online video course from PencilKings.  I had a sketchbook filled with eyes, noses, mouths, ears, heads.  And a year ago I enrolled in their figure drawing challenge.  A good way to go if you want a course where you can go at your own pace.




Unforgettable, that’s what you are Natalie Cole.  Pen and ink portrait.  Working with my new favorite pen, Platinum Carbon Desk Fountain Pen, Super Fine (DP-800S#1).  Working in pen and ink is good for me, a bit thrilling as there is no erasing and it keeps me from being too detailed.  It is loose and fresh.


2016, a new year of art

As I look over last year’s art, I see that I am all over the place, quilting, knitting, suncatchers, watercolors, fused glass, oils, acrylics, pen and ink… and more.

Sometimes I think, “if I could concentrate on one thing, I would improve my art so much faster”.  But I have to accept that is not who I am.

That being said, we begin this year with pen and ink portraits.

Blue_Eyes Jessica_Jones

A new year of art