This is a pen and ink wash drawing. It measures about 5x9 in. I have a little collection of calligraphy and drawing nibs and preferred the use of a very fine line for this one, just enough to indicate the drawing. I prefer old fashion pens (the kind you have to dip into an ink well) because of their unpredictability and variety. The amount of ink loaded on the quill is never the same throughout the stroke. lines may also be giving weight and insistence by pressing down upon the tool, rather like using a brush or a piece of chalk. It is also easy to experiment with different kinds of ink such as sepia, walnut, and india ink. These inks can be further diluted with water to achieve different washes. I use sable brushes for the most part, in varying sizes.
I like the portability of this medium and its spontaneity. At first I was a little intimidated by its unforgiving nature as I am accustomed to working in oils which allow up to years of corrections and reworking, while water media allows a few seconds. These are the type of works I enjoy doing for relaxation or excitement, usually when the daylight has faded and I can shine I bright spotlight on some of my studio props to study them better by focusing on shadow shapes. I began drawing live models in ink at Robert Liberace's life classes in Old Town, Alexandria. I was completely new to the medium and wishing to become more familiar I practiced at home on dolls and other subjects that provided a still form of portraiture. I also have drawn cabinets and chests, until eventually moving outdoors a bit and taking on architecture and sculpture.