The initial reason I wanted to post here was to remind myself that the Pantone markers don’t smudge the Staedtler Duo brush marker I’d been using. I didn’t try marking with a very light Pantone on top of a black Duo — not yet. Major reason is that I don’t want to ruin my lightest Pantone. But the Pantones are alcohol-based. The Duos are water-based. So it doesn’t seem to especially matter whether I ink first and then color, or color and then ink, as the solvents are different. But I still have to really test that out fully. I did also try using a (waterproof) Pitt brush marker for inking, and it isn’t as effective when it comes to variation in line width — or maybe I’m just too heavy-handed with it.
I did produce another image of a character I came up with a while ago; I was in the headspace of thinking about Sanatana Dharma while producing her image. I have a working name for her now, though I probably shouldn’t share it, in case I start using it in anything that eventually goes public. Before I get into anything else, I should say that I’ve had to hold the brush pens vertically to ink hair and to use the Duo for outlines.
I’m wondering how to balance out my creativity…to what extent I express what is going on in my mind — to what extent I draw and to what extent I write. If I keep the story in my mind or if I draw it out or write it down.
I did find a copy of The Artist’s Way which I started looking over, though that is more of a course in reviving one’s creativity. Apparently I got to the second section and stopped.
The other things I’ve been doing — I’ve designed an image for use as a stamp, and tried cutting it out of something which feels like a gum eraser. I think it’s actually too soft to make a good stamp, as its surface rubs away too easily. I can try with a larger image and my carving set from high school on something more like linoleum.
Then there was the drawing with the colored brush pens that I did while playing around on the phone, which more vividly resembles Graphic Design work. But I’ve really got to go now — I can continue this later.