|1/20/16 ink, colored pencils, Zig markers
Above all, switching it up makes me happy. Fountain pens make me happy in a way that is different from the way colored pencils make me happy, and colored pencils make me happy in a way different from the way brush pens make me happy. There’s no explaining that part.
Just as I was pondering all of this, I read Roz Stendahl’s blog. You’re probably already familiar with Roz; her blog is required reading for art journalers, sketchers and anyone newly discovering art. I think of her as the wise crone (I don’t think she would be offended by that reference, though her pigtails belie the image of a crone!) of creativity and personal expression. In a post about why she demonstrates many different media in her online classes even though students can choose to use nothing but pencil and paper and still learn everything taught in the courses, Roz says:
|12/29/15 Zebra double-sided brush pen
"I believe that each medium explored brings something new to our understanding of getting 3-dimensional subjects down on paper. I believe that each medium brings its own joys and strengths, as well as its challenges to the act of sketching. I also know, after spending years helping students draw, that every individual will develop preferences and fondnesses for particular media.
"I believe it’s my job as a teacher to help them work with these preferences to improve their skills, but also to push them to experiment so they can develop new skills. In this way the act of drawing becomes an adventure. The process of drawing becomes a series of experiments through which the student gains an understanding of his own process and a path to his unique voice."
|1/19/16 colored pencils, Pilot Futayaku brush pen
Meanwhile, my sketch bag gets heavier, but my heart remains happy.
(Related to that, I’ve removed watercolors from my bag for the winter. I’m sure they’ll go back in when I sketch outdoors again in the spring, but for now, I’m giving colored pencils more space in my bag. And – surprise! – a couple of different brush pens have made their way into my bag. Imagine that.)