Our design program recently decided to emphasize pens over pencils in our introductory drawing courses. I wasn’t happy with my pen sketches, so in mid September, I switched from daily painting practice to daily ink sketches.
My first sketchbook is nearly full. I’ll post the sketches in groups over the next few weeks.
The first group is mostly lighthouses and lighthouse-themed robots. Some of these sketches are very rough. I’m including all the pages, without retouching, so you can see what the process looks like. It’s not a steady path, where each sketch is better than the last one, but there is definitely progress over time.
Most of these sketches are made with 0.5mm technical pens, with a bit of brush pen to fill in large areas. At first, I tried sketching entirely with pens. It’s not very forgiving. Then I switched to pencil underdrawings (either graphite or non-photo blue). They’re still rough, quick sketches, but they are much clearer.