People ask me sometimes HOW I draw, and seem to be surprised when I tell them I draw with traditional supplies such as inkpens. Although I have done some digital work(like the entire LEAF album artwork and the holiday card with the two festive reindeer), I get the most inspiration by drawing directly on the material. I find it easier and more fun to get carried away by the flow of drawing and the way the material respond to each other.
When I work on a personal piece, my way of drawing is quite direct.
First I think about what I want to draw and what meaning I'd like to include. Then I do a few quick sketches, sorting out the composition and general feel. These I am adjusting as I'm sketching. Then I transfer it to my worksheet. I draw the outlines and then start adding detail. Because I work with inkpens all mistakes will be visible. This is both challenging as adding more depth to a piece, I think. As I'm adding details I usually add more forms, plants or creatures. I let the image come to form as I'm drawing.
Sometimes I've already added a background, sometimes this will be the last step of the drawing. When I'm done drawing I take it to the scanner and this is where all layers blend together and a new drawing is born.
I will bring a few small original drawings to Castlefest that you can purchase.
Sketchform and final version of a drawing.
T H Y M U S - S E R P Y L L U M, "When you feed the cattle thyme on the night of Yule, they can not be stolen by the faefolk."
(part of my series based upon my fascination for folklore and magical use of herbalism throughout Europe in the old days.)
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