The process is a lot of fun. I get my paper and inks out, a jar of water, a straw, some salt and then I just play.
The straw helps me direct the ink around the page by concentrating the air- making it steerable. It’s a little dizzying.
Then I use the references to draw on top of the ink. Sometimes the lines of the ink are in places that are a little too distracting so I have to tone it down with pencil. But it’s also part of the medium. It’s messy, joyous, colorful, fun, and a little unpredictable. Like most little kids!
I think one of the coolest things about this whole new commission endeavor is that it simply came from play in my sketchbook. That’s something really important to remember- if I don’t let myself play and explore, I am seriously limiting my opportunities for growth and exploring completely new and uncharted territory for myself as an artist. A whole new direction might emerge from a whim expressed in the sketchbook.