I went with my sister yesterday to the art store and bought some new pens and, well, that is just asking for trouble! They have this painterly quality about them. We couldn't wait to get into them. I came home and we sat down at the kitchen table and just sketched until we couldn't anymore. Supper interrupted us. Our partners wanted some attention and were getting sick of watching us tune them out while we were in the focused creative 'zone'. They are great tools to help communicate or jot down visual ideas. I bought 4 colors which the last 3 drawings are done in, with some help from a black pen. A blue-gray, burnt sienna, sand, and one called raw silk. How can you go wrong with something called 'Raw Silk'?
I had wanted pens like these for a while. Another sister of mine uses these types of markers all the time. She is an industrial designer and uses them to sketch out ideas for designs, mostly furniture design. They are a little daunting at first, and it takes a while to get used to their peculiar qualities, that is, they are not like any regular pen, crayon, or paint.
The above sketches are from yesterday and today.
I have been spending quite a bit of time in the past couple of months looking at two particular websites that are intriguing and inspiring: