Last week, I did an internet search for photos of houses on fire, and drew them in colored pencil. One of my new drawing habits is to think of a word or phrase, like “giant skeleton” or “kangaroo resting” or “emotional bird”, do an online image search, and draw from the photos for about twenty minutes. Sometimes I put them on instagram. Sometimes it’s an enjoyable break, a way to fuel my curiosity and get new ideas. This time, I was feeling emotional about some anti-LGBTQ legislation in the Kentucky state legislature. I scribbled really hard with the pencils.
Snow Day Illustrationsketchbook
Hooray for snow days! This illustration let me flex some of my best skills: conveying frenetic energy, using traditional materials, and telling a story from background to foreground. This is bristol paper with brush markers and colored pencils, and the fantastic folks at Upstart Crow Literary featured it in a winter promotion.
Photos of famous cartoonists always show them holding a dip pen. Alison Bechdel uses dip pens. Charles Schulz loved a particular dip pen nib so much, when the company was shutting down, he bought up the remaining nibs (or so the story goes) and now the nibs he stockpiled get auctioned off on Ebay.
When it comes to dip pens, I’m less like Charles Schulz and more like Charlie Brown.