Doodles and zentangles…not digital!


That’s right!  Not digital, but drawn using Pitt Artist Pens from Faber-Castell.

Something inside me told me I needed a break from playing around with digital art, and that my pen wielding skills needed a bit of a dusting off.

If anything, drawing digitally has resulted in me being a bit more confident and fluid with my pen strokes.  I also realised that it’s a lot easier for me to work out designs on paper (though I’m not happy with all of the drawings above – a bit out of practice, maybe).

I’m  my latest drawings for the Dover Publications project, I have been drawing out the bare bones of a sketch on paper, scanning in and then working on it digitally.  That has helped me with size and layout of the design for sure.

This makes me hanker after a Surface Studio even more, as I’d be able to work on a digital image at a 1:1 scale for A4 drawings at the very least.

It’s not easy for me, it seems, to get my brain around the the fluidity of scale of drawing digitally as compared to the fixed scale on paper.

All the same, I really enjoyed wielding a pen with creativity on paper rather than screen.  It has it’s own pleasures, and challenges, including having to work with the mark you make when you put ink directly on paper; there’s no easy ‘erase button’ to be used!  So, it’s more about going with the flow and the creative opportunities that the permanency of ink results in (creative opportunities being the positive way to view ‘mistakes’; as I was once told, there’s no mistakes in art, only happy accidents!).

Oh, the boxes on the images.  Well, I do intend to scan these in individually and create files for printing out, the boxes being there where a greeting or message or quote can be placed.

Also, each drawing is approx. 4″ x 4″ (10cm x 10cm)

Abstract Drawing


This drawing is all but finished. I just have to decide whether I’m going to add any metallic or iridescent highlights to it, along with any extra shading.

The background was created by using a stencil brush to apply Distress Oxide inks onto Daler-Rowney Mixed media paper (A4 in size) until I was happy with the colours.

Next, I sprayed the sheet with water and let it dry. This lets the Distress Oxide inks ‘bloom’ and become ‘soft’ as well as creates some texture in the form of patterns where the water droplets landed.

Pitt artist pens from Faber-Castell were used to draw in the main design, to which I then intensified the colour in many areas to add depth and interest; I used Derwent’s Inktense pencils to do this, along with a Kuretake water brush.

Finally, I added the fine details and patterns with a really fine Pitt artist pen.