The Business Partners
 
They had been best friends for as long as they could remember. They had been business partners for about 20 minutes–just long enough to buy the outfits.

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I, like many artists, have a big ol' hoard of art supplies. In this hoard is a ton of different types of ink--Rapidograph, Pelican, acrylic, India, various colors and so on--that I've squirreled away over the years of doing this making pictures thing. For this piece, I decided I would challenge myself, and use an honest-to-God brush along with Sumi ink. I think this is the only time I did that--by the end I think I'd more or less worked out how to maintain line weight via incremental pressure gradients, but it was STRESSFUL. So I went back to my brush pens/microns and dip pens. 

I want to get my teeth into all of my other inks I haven't touched in awhile, too.... *looks meaningfully at October on her wall calendar*

Sometimes, as I sit and work on the world of BoR now, I think I get so bogged down in the details of trying to make it work from a raw logical/technical/biological viewpoint that I forget why I started drawing these in the first place--because they were fun. And a little bit silly.

I am glad I am going through these again as I work, to help remind me why I enjoyed them (and why folks liked them!) when I first began. That balance of light-hearted silliness and seriousness--along with the balance between derivation from biology and from fantasy--are what made these a delight to make, and I hope you continue to enjoy them!


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