Sunday, July 30, 2017

Biju: Rusty (Ballpoint Pen)

Ballpoint pen in pocket Moleskine Cahier journal.

It took a while, but I've gotten comfortable enough with art to draw random things in my sketchbook that I don't always show you, my current run of live figure drawing and gestures included. But sometimes I manage a small and presentable biju.

Ballpoint pen is unforgiving in pressure handling—I had no idea before that I had such a heavy hand with a pen still. I thought I'd gotten better, but apparently I only changed my grip to a less damaging one without changing the damaging pressure.

By the way, switching away from my previous grip helped considerably with reducing pain from art sessions. Here's a little graphic I did to show others how to grip a pen/pencil/stylus without pain:

Tripod grips are the best grips.

For more about what biju are, see Biju.

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