Using a handmade marking brush: The handle is a cutting from a maple tree with jute twine and some coloured threads. The brush is a piece of an old loofa sponge (sea cucumber). The one used for this drawing was cut and attached transversely to the handle, to give a broader stroke. The India ink soaked into the brush as expected for a sponge. I tried a few images and when I pushed the brush down too much, the ink pooled onto the paper in amorphous blobs. The lighter touch allowed for more variation in line and gesture.

On this one, as soon as I managed the first gesture, I saw a face emerge and I looked inward to develop my own face in as few strokes as possible. My visual introspection revealed that I was making my serious-concentration face and I feel that has translated onto the paper in this self-portrait.

Dimension: 15″ (38cm) x 11″ (28cm)

Materials: India ink on Watercolour Paper

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