With time on my hands I went back to drawing to keep myself busy. I started finding enjoyment in drawing maybe a couple of years ago, almost by accident, and I used a sketchbook so that I could keep all my work in one place. When the Stationery Walks came along I thought I would add something a bit different to them and so started repurposing some of my sketches into maps for the walks. Then for one reason or another we didn’t do a walk for a few months, and ironically we were about to resume the series when boom, lockdown time. In fact the last time we met was a half-way attempt at a new walk, but that is all on ice now.
In the meantime, I thought I should go back to my sketchbook which had been gathering dust lately, and was struck by one of drawings. It had a bit more resonance now in our time of social distancing and self-isolation. If you live in a big city it can feel very strange, surrounded by people but so alone as well. I am lucky in that I am locked up with family, although that can bring its own issues. Others may crave contact. Some are maybe quite happy with the quieter world we have created overnight.
Anyway, I felt I should have create a new drawing based on self-isolation in a big city, and record it as I went along. I also have the London Graphic Centre to thank as they sent me some pens to try out, and so I have made good use of them for this drawing.
The sketchbook is a Leuchtturm1917 medium sketchbook – I like the compact size as for most of my drawings I find anything bigger is too much paper to fill! I worked with my trusty Blackwing 602 pencil, sharpened to a point with the very fine Blackwing sharpener. I do not like the erasers that come with the Blackwing pencils, and can’t fathom why such an expensive pencil has such a bad eraser. I do love my 28 corner Kokuyo eraser though and this does the job perfectly.
For this drawing I was kindly supplied with a set of Sakura Pigma Micron pens and a set of Uni-Ball Fineliner grey pens by the London Graphic Centre. I was definitely won over the by Sakura pens and will continue with those in future. I need more time with the Uni-Ball pens though to figure out how to get the best out of them.
For the drawing, I simply sketch out my drawing in pencil, then work over with the Sakura pens (typically a 0.3 or 0.2 pen, with 0.1 and maybe 0.05 for detail). For this drawing I then also used the Uni-Ball pens which are two shades of grey, to add further detail. It is only a sketch, and not something I was overly precious about, although it did still take some time.