Fire-Breathing Foo Dragon?

Originally published at on July 14th, 2017.
Added to on October 31st, 2017.


Fire-Breathing Foo Dragon drawing
Fire-Breathing Foo Dragon drawing on 8×8 watercolor block.

I started this drawing on June 26th, and finally finished it yesterday. I used an array of materials, but this piece is a direct result of picking up my first batch of Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens in colors that aren’t grey, black, or white. Playing around with these pens hearkens back to my childhood, when cheap watercolor markers from a dime store or big box were my go-to tools.

But PITTs are filled with India ink. These are high-quality pens with high-quality inks, and they’re just as much fun as those dime-store markers were way back when.

(Pro-tip: PITT Artist Pens are not alcohol markers. They are not the same thing as Copic markers. They don’t blend in the same way that alcohol markers do, and—thank Tao—they aren’t the instant headache that alcohol markers are.)

PITT pens aside, I also used Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils on this drawing, along with Winsor & Newton inks, a Derwent Graphik Line Maker (or two), and maybe even a Caran d’Ache Luminance 6901 pencil.

I used a T-square when I was setting this drawing up, which was, stupidly, a new experience for me. Use your T-squares, people, and your compasses, too!

The whole mess happened on a Fluid 8×8 cold press watercolor block.

(Watercolor blocks, by the way, regardless of brand, are neck and neck with smooth Bristol in the race to be my favorite work surface. They’re great for exploring wet mediums, in particular, as long as those wet mediums aren’t also especially sharp. For me, pretty much everything except for my metal-nibbed dip pens are good to go on a watercolor block.)

And, in the end, I’m still not sure what I’ve drawn.

Is it an off-brand dragon?

Mutated foo dog?

If you could see me as I write this post, you’d see me shrugging.

I don’t much care what it is, because what it was was a whole lot of fun!