I made my first drawing with the Duke 551 Confucius Fude Nib Fountain Pen (which I got inspired by Ed’s drawings), and wondered how Little My (from Moominvalley) would like it.
After reading the comparison of Fude Nib fountain pens, I decided to get the one with the widest nib. I used to think pen strokes are too dry, and brushstrokes too wet, and this one seems to strike the right balance for me. It’s stiffer than I expected, but I like it since it gives a clean edge at the tip and a rough edge on the other side, which feels like carving.
Then – although I love admiring everyday objects, one point of drawing them is to see them from fresh angles, so I let My in.
What would you like to do here? Frisbee? Lunch? Conference?
Drawn thinking about places mentioned in Alain de Botton’s works.
Sketched at Drink & Draw at The Museum of Classical Archaeology; coloured afterwards.
According to the caption:
it used to be believed that this … satyr [is] tapping a foot clapper … to encourage a nymph … to join him dancing. This theory is now doubted. … A wide range of dates have been given by different scholars … perhaps shorty before 100 BCE is the most likely.
I painted the background with watercolor and removed flaky strokes of pastel.
I’m not sure whether I should retouch gibbons. They also have pastel strokes but to me it seems less jarring than in the background. What do you think – shall I retouch the gibbons to make it look finished?
Thank you very much, everyone, for helpful advice! I think I will submit both this one and the other one. The deadline is today and the most pressing question for me is whether to retouch the gibbons. I’d appreciate your feedback!
In the above, I tried colors different from the previous one (below), which was more vivid. The call is for an exhibition for homeless people, and I think some gravity is due. I still don’t want to make it taken for granted by expressing gravity with sad colors, so I’m trying to find a right balance. What do you think – how would you compare this one with the previous one (below)?
I plan to submit it to a regional call for artworks under a theme “Home”. Please let me know if you have feedback so I can make a last minute change. I think I will make the background denser for now.