I’ve been having some success over the last few days with a new technique…perhaps more accurately a new lack-of-technique. I’ve always struggled with being too up tight in my art. I start off with a perfectly good sketch, then overwork the lines and destroy what life there was in them. It’s a perfectionist streak that has some merit and there are times when it works well, but I have always envied people who can create simple, messy, expressive work that seems to have more detail in it – due to the expression of the superfluous lines – than some far more detailed work.
Anyway, I sat down to doodle the other night and selected the wrong pen. Rather than just go to the right one, I started to play about with the huge, scrappy nib I had and came up with some fluid line work that I rather fell in love with.
After a bit of colour…
I was really taken with this and have tried a few more in the same style.
So there you go; a quick summary of a rather satisfying few days of art. This style seems fast enough to consider using for a comic, without sacrificing motion, emotion and life.
As ever, comment is totally welcomed.