One of my ‘new years resolutions’ this past January was to try and make an effort to do more sketching with physical pen and ink and try to fill up some of the many blank books that I’ve got laying around here. I very rarely sketch for the fun of it, and it has been years since I’ve worked in anything other than the digital medium. We took a trip to Ireland this past week, and I brought along a sketchbook and a few ink pens, and forced myself to slow down and draw a little bit during this vacation. So, while the rest of our party trudged up to the top of Blarney Castle (I’ve climbed it in the past, and wasn’t missing much), I sat below in the gardens and did the above pen and ink sketch.
On another occasion, while watching some musicians in a pub in Ennis, I did a few sketches of the players and of a few of the bar patrons. (edited and pictured below) I’m a little rusty at this sort of thing, to be sure. I was especially enamored of the facial expressions of the accordion player, and of one particularly ancient old man sitting in the corner hunched over his glass of sherry.
As far as my ‘new years resolution’, I started out the year drawing nearly every day for the first month or so, but as work became more busy, I started returning to the sketch book more and more rarely. So, as long as we are on the subject, here are a sampling of sketches from that period earlier in the year, when I was still sticking to my sketch regimen.
I have many more of these to share, but will save them for another time.