Slowvember Suddenly Dawned on Me

There are two pictures today, because my Slowvember project has gone from “Hmm. What should I draw?” to “Oh! What am I drawing?!?”

Gold-edged art board with t-square, traingle, compass, eraser and drawing pencil on a black surface.
My Slowvember 2017 project-in-progress: previously-inked Canson Fanboy Manga Art Board with Wescott 12″ Junior T-Square and C-THRU triangle, Blick Large Spring Bow Compass and eraser, and a Derwent Graphic 2B pencil.

Yesterday, I had no idea what I was going to draw for this project. I responded in a logical way: I broke out the drafting tools.

I divided the art board roughly in half—both horizontally and vertically—with a t-square, traced the inside and outside of a triangle from a few positions at every innermost corner, and made circles with a compass at random intervals.

This was my first time using a Derwent Graphic Pencil, and possibly my first time using a 2H. I’m not a big fan of graphite, but I liked the feel of this pencil, and I’m hoping to give the 8B that came with the set a run once Slowvember runs out. (I also had to check out Wikipedia’s information on pencil grading, because—again—not a big fan of graphite.)

Derwent Graphik Line Maker pen on a gold-edged art board with black lines suggesting mountains and either a sunrise or sunset.
Lines suggest forms. Derwent Graphik Line Maker 0.5.

Once I was done playing with the drafting tools, I began inking the lines that I was sure I wanted to keep and use. The obvious shapes were a flat, jagged, mountainous form and a 3313 RPM vinyl record, the latter of which could easily be mistaken for a sunrise or sunset.

The challenge, then, is to take those conspicuous shapes, use them, and find a way to make them become more than what they obviously are.

Slowvember: Making the Frame

I’ve learned one quick lesson this Slowvember: Canson Fanboy Manga Art Boards don’t bear up well when too much water is applied. I expected it to perform more like Strathmore Bristol, but nope. The board I began Slowvember with has been replaced, as have the Inktense pencils I wanted to use.

Slowvember 2nd 2017

One objective I want to accomplish with this project is to make a piece that will be simple to mat and frame. I have not just a tendency, but a compulsion to work to the edges, so, on the rare occasion that one of my pieces gets framed, there’s a professional framer involved.

This was my primary motivation for using manga board: The guides around the board’s perimeter necessarily constrain me, forcing me to be conscious of, and work within, the established layout.

I inked over those rules and numbers with my Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, taking the black to the edges. And, since frames were a part of my thought process, I inked the outermost section with old, dried-up, gold ink from Winsor & Newton. It was thick and clumpy, and provided great coverage when applied with angled synthetic brushes.

I still haven’t landed on an actual concept for the project, but I know what my next step is, what tools are involved, and that it will be important to this piece’s discovery process.