Getting back to the pens: I've added to my Sharpie collection over the years to expand from the basics onto hues like fuchsia and sea foam green, and I do own a few nice sets of "real" artist pens.
Lately as my Sharpies have run out and I've had to spend money on trivial things like food and the electric bill, I've switched to my set of Bic felt pens--so the pieces you see below weren't even created with the respectable Sharpie brand, but with its off-brand cousin, instead!
One thing that's both damning and refreshing about ink is how carefully you have to plan out your moves, from start to finish, to avoid catastrophe. It's almost like a chess game!
When I decided to photograph these two pieces in stages, I really became conscious of a previously subconscious process: how many steps I actually take in line work, inking, choosing colors, blending shadows, and refining details. There have been times when I've just plugged into music while beginning much bigger pieces and I've been surprised when, hours later, a fully formed face or completed background appears seemingly from nothing but white paper. It's nice to step back and really pay attention to how each detail evolves.
See the completed "Jack-o-Lantern Harvest"
and "Witch Hat".