Summer days slowly fading

Summer is coming to a close.

I made up this drawing last night after doing a teaching demo on using nib pens and washes in the afternoon. I usually don’t work with these tools, but as soon as I did the demo I wanted to do more. You can make both fat and delicate lines with the nib pen. I was trying to tell them it is OK for the line quality to vary and have flaws/scratches… that the imperfections are what make an illustration have life. I could tell by their eyes that some did not believe me. Or perhaps the perfectionist comes out and that can be hard to let go of…

This is a great video by Danny Gregory on drawing breakfast – I felt this was a perfect example to show how varied line can create a beautiful and interesting drawing.