A Sharp Pencil and a Keen Eye

That was the name of the two-day workshop that Amity Parks taught to Big Sky Scribes weekend before last in Great Falls. Focused on pen techniques, it was a jam-packed but easily digestible workshop.

I came home inspired to start a pencil journal similar to the ones that Amity showed us. Here are the first few pages of mine:

The title page of my new Moleskine journal for pen exploration.

A page of pressurized capitals, done partly during lulls in opera chorus rehearsal, and partly in my studio the next day.

A tipped-in page of a many-layered experiment in various pencils, graphite powder, water brush, erasers … and a couple of markers. Fun stuff.

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