I want to share some experimental sketchbook stuff. I have been ignoring that for a long time, ever since my artistic comfort zone has become so comfortable.
Once again, I am trying to loosen things up a little, so I have some tilty composition, a delineated lighting scheme, and my most newfangled innovation: the use of a crowquill pen nib.
Crowquill nibs are well over a hundred years old, so it's just new to me. And I've had crowquill pens in my collection since I was a teenager, so when I say it's new to me, that's not exactly true. But I don't use crowquills as often as I could, since they make lines that require a little more co-ordination and concentration than I prefer to use. On the other hand, rapid crowquill sketches have a wonderfully loose feel to them. The nib can be rotated and expanded to make thicker lines, but if pressed lightly will lay a very fine line. It's a truly versatile tool with a little bit of vintage appeal and the tight line of a true draftsman.