My new year resolution is simple but very special to me: do a sketch a day, in whatever medium and form I feel like that day.
I decided to sketch from a photo of a cougar at the Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah, WA. I worked on Crescent’s RENDR paper, which has a smooth surface that is very good for heavy ink, marker, and brush. I used a very unusual pen that I got last year — a fountain pen with a large, bent nib, sometimes called a metal “brush” pen. When I first tried to use it, I couldn’t produce anything worthwhile – it was just too much for me.
Since then, I’ve learned a lot about drawing and have used brushes a lot – it was time for a new attempt with this pen. It can produce a huge range of line widths, just like a brush can, but the action is somewhat different. The ink I used is also special, a Christmas present from my wife, Donna: J. Herbin’s 1670, celebrating the 340th anniversary of their founding (!). Click the image to see it at a larger size.