Hung Pomegranate

Playing around on procreate (doing digital artwork) is fun but frustrating. I don’t know if it’s my cup of tea. I see benefits to it, for sure. But I was seriously missing having that ground beneath my drawing tool. A screen feels like I’m drawing on top of a watery surface, bottomless. Does anyone ever feel that way? Not so much because of the smooth surface but that it’s an infinite space beneath the glass… Hmmm I don’t know if that makes sense to anyone but me. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Paper gives such a feeling of grounding. Earth. Tangible. Tactile. It’s fantastic. I missed it. I had no idea I was such a sucker for the physicality of paper.

So I thought I’d marry that love with the old dip pen and ink pots. I’ve mixed up a shade I really like, using burnt sienna and sepia. They are different brands so I think they have varying weights or pigment strengths. After a while of dipping, I notice that it starts to affect the darkness of the ink, the sepia must be quite a bit heavier as the longer I draw the more the burnt sienna rises to the surface. I have to re-lid it and shake it up a bit again, probably every twenty minutes or so. But the slight changes in tone is actually quite nice so it’s not the end of the world if the final drawing has slight tonal differences.

Here’s what I drew, a bunch of hung ornamental pomegranates. I have no idea why I did that to be honest, seemed like a good idea at the time.

my hand for scale- also my magical pot of ink and the dip pen I’m using at the moment. I think it’s the only one left in my collection that doesn’t have the outer varnish chipping off and leaving the wood exposed. 🤦🏻‍♀️

I’m pretty darn happy with drawing with this medium, I think it could turn into something, possibly. 🤔

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