New inking tools and doing some thinking

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Heya folks. Hope everyone had a wonderful week. I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather. Left arm still achey and numb but it’s better than earlier in the week. Took a break from digital art for a few days to give it a rest.

In the meantime, I got some new inking nibs to play with. These are analog equivalents to the tools I use in Clip Studio Paint so I’m curious to see how they work. It’s been a few years since I worked with dip pens. They’re messy but can create some wonderful lines once you get used to them.

I also grabbed some ink for my Rapidograph pens, which have sat unused in my art box for almost a decade. I was sure that I cleaned them before storing them but it took a lot of effort to get the .30 and .35 working again. I think the .50 is a lost cause. The nib is slightly bent and ink just won’t flow evenly through it. Not even going to try with the .25 as it’s just too small.

I’ve done a little practice (mostly just exercises to get a feel for the various tips). I’m not quite ready to risk a real drawing with them just yet. Soon though.

I’ve been giving some thought to how best to invest my time (always a contentious point for me). It might just be because I’ve been working with the old tools again, but I find myself reconsidering my decision to avoid working on comics, specifically the Wyrmweaver graphic novel. I realize that it would be a huge amount of work, but to be honest, so is writing a novel. Frankly, I think my writing works better with art to support it. Of course, that’s largely because I’m still very much a novice writer, something that only study, practice, and feedback will remedy. And that, of course, takes time… time that I don’t have a lot of lately.

So yeah, lots on my mind. Admittedly, debating all the directions I could go is really keeping me from moving. I thought I had a clear goal with the novel series but, for whatever reason, I’ve been having a lot of doubts lately. I was hoping that writing these thoughts out would help. No such luck. It’s late and I should be in bed. Work in the morning, which is a whole issue unto itself. But money being a necessity, if a huge source of stress, the less-than-fulfilling day job isn’t going anywhere. Better days ahead, I hope.

Take care everyone.

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