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Drawing with Colored Calligraphy Pens

By Abstractartbylt @artbylt

I've been taking a break from painting and working on abstract drawings made with Zig memory calligraphy pens, which come in a large variety of colors.  Each pen has two tips, one fine and one broad, so it's possible to make  lines varying from thick to thin. 

In this drawing, I began with various shades of blue, beginning with a darker navy blue.  I let my hand move freely across the paper, spontaneously creating shapes and lines.  I was listening to Beethoven's piano solos at the time, which prompted me to let the lines flow lyrically. 

Next, I overlaid some of the darker lines with lighter colors, and used brush pens to fill in some shapes with solid colors.  I used the fine point tips to draw smaller details and then filled those in with brush pens.

I added a bright yellow for highlighting, then decided to deepen it with a more orange-yellow.  Then I used an even darker orange for smaller highlights. 

Each step in a drawing leads me to the next step.  Sometimes it's a move forward, sometimes backwards, but eventually I feel satisfied and stop.

  2014 Abstract Drawing #4, 11.5" x 9" archival inks on acid-free paper.

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