Through the Dark

After last week’s post about sumi ink, I have to say—I learned something important about the medium—it is quite a challenge to paint large sections of black with an even tone. So, after two tries and several tests for this new drawing, I decided to make my life easier, and I finished the piece with my more standard media—Copic Multiliner pens, Micron pigment ink pens, and a Tombo acid free marker for the solid blacks. This was the first time I used the Tombo marker for such a large black area, and I’ll admit, it was harder to get a nice solid black than with a good, new Copic marker.

I will now stop boring you with pen details and give you some art:

“Through the Dark,” 8 x 10 inches, pen and ink, prints available in my shop
{click on the image for a larger view}

The concept behind this drawing is very close to my heart—I love the idea of being able to fill yourself up in order to find your way. As human beings, with such highly functioning brains, we have amazing power—we can fill ourselves up, or tear ourselves down in one single thought. I would like to use my brain power to do the former.

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5 Responses to “Through the Dark”


  1. 1 tanvi @ now craving February 3, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    This illustration + text fill me with warm fuzzies. Thank you, truly <3

  2. 2 Mike McLaren February 4, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I’ve found the same with the inks that I use for my woodcuts. When I can afford the most expensive ink, I find it rolls on more evenly. Unfortunately, I can rarely afford the most expensive ink.

  3. 3 linda February 5, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Oh…totally love what you wrote about filling yourself up…I think sometimes people don’t realize what power they do have. We can all change our perspective for the positive, even during rocky times. Lovely art and I also have a bunch of Copic Multiliners, but have never tried a huge area of black. I usually cave in and just fill large areas with paint or digitally! :P

  4. 4 Kerri February 8, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    I love, love, love this artwork! Everything is wonderful, and I also really love the words you chose to add to it. I just wanted to say (sorry it’s taken so long) that I really appreciated your email the other day. It’s so wonderful to know that I am not the only one out there feeling rather desperate about day jobs etc! You always make me feel better. There’s a little surprise for you over at my blog too. Thanks again!

  5. 5 rachel awes February 10, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    LOVE this. powerful powerful powerful. xoxo


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Hello there! My name is Nicole K. Docimo, and I am an artist and writer from the U.S.A. but currently residing in Zurich, Switzerand. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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