I haven’t mentioned Inktober yet, but it’s in the back of my mind, and I’m doing a little sketch when I can. Here’s a series of little sketches I’ve been doing on Shuen paper. (sometimes spelt as Xuan and basically a rice paper). The paper is so absorbent it’s like writing on blotting paper but with a gorgeous translucent quality. I’m curious to know if I will get to know it well enough to gain some mark-making control on it.
In this series of sketches, I use pen, ink, brush and water. Any color other than black is watercolor and white details are in gouache.
Working with a new medium is frustrating, exciting, maddening, and great fun. All of that rolled up together. I like doing it often. Some things stick, some don’t. Some techniques I keep and some morph into other experiments.