Tools: Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker, traced and filled with Micron pens. I just scored the Zig brush marker from ArtSnacks and I'm really liking it. The pointed tip has just enough 'give' and nice ink flow to create natural strokes.
I realize that I've become quite impatient the last few years (I blame the gadgets) and lately I've been making a more conscious effort to be present and to slow down and enjoy the ride. I started this morning's practice writing some phrases and quotes. I try to cram at least 30 minutes of drawing in each morning, even if I don't have an idea of what to draw. I keep a notebook close by with words, phrases and ideas in case I don't have that thunderbolt of inspiration right away. So, I pulled some quotes out of the book and started writing them out with the brush pen. I could see myself trying to letter them faster and faster. My perfectionist streak wants to crank out something perfect each time, (and usually I don't) so I get frustrated. Fast lettering is sloppy lettering, so of course I got more frustrated. I'm also looking at the clock, because as much as I'd like to sit and draw all day, I have paying projects on deck. Then I just found myself saying, "Take your time, take your time.." and then began writing the phrase. I liked how the letterforms came together, so a few iterations later, I was ready to trace and scan. The photo composite includes a photo I shot at Seaside Park, New Jersey last week.