Part of making this resolution public on the blog was by doing so forced me to a commitment. "Well now I have to do this". So I got right to it. Initially I thought it would be fun and challenging to create something digitally on the iPad through a couple of sketching and drawing apps I installed. I sent away for a special pen designed for this sort of thing and sat down trying to learn this new form of art. Well after several days and numerous attempts I just wasn't "feeling it". I came to the realization that there was no substitute for the feel of putting a pen point to paper. There is a lot more precision and control to be had the old fashion way. I'll not give up on iPad art but for now I'll stick to what I know.
Long ago I did a portrait of a dog we had. It was a really nice piece if I do say so myself and unfortunately I have lost it. I don't know where it is. At any rate, I decided to do a portrait of my little buddy. Once I got started on the drawing, it felt good. It was a nice feeling to be once again doing pen and ink after way too long having not done any. I held myself to no more an hour a day working on it. After a few days I realized I should have selected an easier subject to start on being as rusty as I am having lost some of the skill and technique I once had. Nothing is better for improvement than practice. And too, trying to get a cat to sit still for an hour is a challenge in itself. Try it some time. (Just kidding. I had a picture to work from.) Anyway, I reached a point where dissatisfaction started to creep in and when that happens it is best to stop and move on, and so I did. But it was a good exercise in getting the juices flowing once again and in that I am quite pleased. I am working on another piece now and later on I'll do another one of Sinbad, a much better one for he deserves it. Trust me, I'll not misplace it.