Today, I'm sharing with you one of my recent ink drawings 'Sun Eye' from a series of drawings I have created called 'Strange Creatures'. In this series the paper is prepared with ink marks and water and ink washes, to create monochrome surfaces of pattern before a dip pen is used to create a line drawing. The image of the eye that I have drawn in this piece has a hint of a leg at it's base. This character is the inspiration for a couple of the strange creatures in a larger drawing I'm currently creating -keep an eye out for that piece!
An important part of my practice as an artist is experimentation with materials. I dedicate time to trying out new materials or techniques, and expand my approaches to drawing. This year I've been using a lot of black ink to create my drawings, this really started to be the main medium I was working with when I was creating the illustrations for Doug Karr's novel Dwelling. It is a medium I continue to return to as I explore the relationship between the wet medium of ink and the surface qualities of the papers.