Untitled No. 23-001

Ink sketch using a Zebra fountain pen for the line work, Staedtler 0.7mm pigment liner for stippling, and Sharpie permanent markers to fill. Pencil was used to block in the border and some of the circle shapes.

It's been more than a year since my last sketch. Although I did put a lot of effort into that last one. Which I think might be partly why it took me so long to return to this sketchbook. That and the idea that the render quality of the next sketch should be as good or better than the last. I know this is nonsense, but it's still challenging to overcome that mindset.

I started this piece with no expectation in mind, for neither the piece nor myself, and no goals other than to sketch and fill the page. The subject is abstract in form with composition focusing on the flow of shapes and the balance of color, value, and detail.

The style used here is one that I began practicing 25 years ago, and is one that I occasionally return to when feeling uninspired. I'm comfortable using this style of drawing, but it's still challenging. Which tends to be conducive to entering the flow state. I didn't reach that state this time, but it's been a while since I've drawn anything, and work on it was spaced out over the course of a day.

This style of drawing helps to free my mind, allowing for creative expression while practicing the basics. Not only is it good exercise, it's also a good form of meditation. I should be doing this more often.