Ink Drawing as a Sprint

I started thinking about  the rhythm and pacing of the ink drawings as running a sprint.  A sprint is so quick and spontaneous that you don’t have think to think about what you’re doing. This is so similar in mindset to the way that I’ve been creating these ink drawings. Running a marathon would be more similar to working on a heavily layered oil painting. The pace is steadier, and you store and use your energy in a way that conserves it.

When I started thinking about the ink drawings like this,  I started to feel more validated about the process. I’ve discussed in the past that at times I feel guilty that many of the ink drawings only take 5-15 minutes to complete, and when I started thinking about the sprint, I realized that the process is simply a different way of channeling the energy. One way is not necessarily better or more valid than the other, they’re just different.

Study 5

I definitely felt more comfortable working with this sparser approach today, which says to me that I still need to give this technique a few more days in the studio to fully mature. The most challenging aspect of the technique I’m using now with the half wet, half ink soaked brush is controlling the amount of water/ink that is in the brush so I can get the effects I want. At times the brush is so soaked through with water that I end up losing a lot of the dry brush effects that I’m looking for. At the same time, if the brush is too dry, I miss out on opportunities to get some bleeds and washes that I think add to the visual effects. I’m hoping that with more practice and experience I can get more control over these effects.

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