It was something I had all but forgotten until quite recently, but back in high school art classes I was introduced to an artist (whose name sadly now escapes me) who worked exclusively in pen. His attitude was that you had to be completely fearless when sketching with pens because you don’t get the same opportunities to erase things as you might working with pencils. At the time this really impressed me and got me thinking about how one might convey detail with a single colour and in a medium that doesn’t allow much pressure sensitivity. It also introduced me to cross-hatching. The whole exercise was a great grounding for later experiments with lino cutting and printing.
So with this high school memory firmly planted in my head I went to OfficeWorks and bought some fine line pens.
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