This was such a fun class! Haven't drawn in years and have wanted to give ink drawing a try for a while now. I had decided that my February "self care challenge" would be to "make a daily mark" -- and to set no expectation that that has to be an actual drawing. So this hatching practice has been awesome! (I've even started practicing little squares on my agenda during meetings at work...)
Coincidentally I've been reading Cal Newport's book "So Good They Can't Ignore You", which talks about the importance of deliberate practice -- just like these drills. He also talks about the importance of receiving feedback. So this class has been a treat and a confidence booster.
The materials section was very helpful, and I bought 3 new pens to try out:
--Sakura Pigma Micron 01
--Sakura Pigma Micron 08
--Pentel Fine Tip Sign Pen (Pigment Ink)
I used regular printer paper for my practice. At one point I drew out squares in my sketchbook and started hatching, but it's watercolor paper and definitely had more tooth to where it was eating up the Micron 01 tip a bit... My lines were also more wobbly.
I decided to try copying a favorite Edward Gorey character for my final project practice, and went with the Micron 08 pen. I love how it turned out. I did the foreground first and was VERY anxious to add the brick wall in. I was worried it would mush up the foreground and ruin my effort. Gorey is so amazing at his directional hatching, though, and it was a great exercise to see how the change in stroke can create that depth.
To get more practice and step a little further outside the comfort zone of a direct copy, I want to try the Gorey sketch again, but this time try stippling instead of hatching. I will try to upload here if I give it a go!
Thanks again for a great class, Jen. I'll definitely keep an eye out for new classes from you!