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'Moki' in my favorite 'big nasty' charcoal

‘Moki’ in my favorite ‘big nasty’ charcoal

I appreciate the partnership I get when using traditional tools.  In all fairness the  pens and styluses are getting better and better at mimicking different drawing mediums, at simulating tilt and edge control, but they lack the independent nature the traditional mediums supply. The element of surprise, the slightly random nature of the raw material, the condition of the paper on that day at that temperature, all these variables add to a creative partnership that I do not experience in the digital realm. I do like the digital pipeline ease, the quick color and graphic add-on features, but I do not see digital drawing tools ever replacing my traditional ones, they simply expand my range of options. The dance of my thick charcoal over rough newsprint is like sculpting the form on paper. The joy of creation is challenged and enriched by the process.

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