It's the most anxiety ridden time of the year! Cookies are baking, my cats are already tearing apart the nip toys I rushed to make them, and the countdown to yet another social get-together is on. This was a pretty time consuming spread in my sketchbook. I'm doing quick studies of deep sea creatures (nothing terrifying... yet) so that I can get to know them well enough to use them as subjects. Maybe center a whole hypothetical show around them.
It looks and feels a bit rushed because it is. I'm painting the background a black/blue and writing tidbits of information using the silver ink and a nib pen. The Finetec ink set is rumoured to be specifically meant for calligraphy, but I'm not sure how I'm supposed to use it. It's a bit like the shallow end of a sandy lake - and I keep poking the sharp dip pen into the "sand", which does nothing for flow. And perhaps it dries up mid-use and clogs the tip. I don't know exactly what's going on but it's not terribly convenient.
Quality aside, this seems like a fine use for a sketchbook. Fine use, indeed.
BRB gotta mediate family arguments, confiscate these new cat toys and deal with some chronic guilt. Hope you're having a chill weekend!
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?
Monday, June 5, 1pm PST