Just Keep Going Whether You Run Out of Ink Or…?

February 16, 2018
Piecemeal sketch—extra sheet added at base—with wide tipped parallel pen sketch on yellow Fabriano Tiziano paper. I started with purple ink but ran out, and… (Sketch from a 19th Century photograph of a famous Belgian librarian—about whom I know nothing. Who are we kidding? I only drew him because he had interesting hair and a beard.

Thanks to everyone who weighed in on Facebook and in the blog’s comments section, and in private emails after my February 10th post. It was sad to hear the blog’s mail program is not working. But it was good to have confirmation of my suspicions. 

It still isn’t working.

I’ve been in contact with the company and I think we are making progress. At least part of the problem is I thought I was signing up for a larger number of subscribers than I in fact did. But that wasn’t the only problem, because previously when using only one of my smaller lists the mail still wasn’t going out.


In the meantime I’m trying to get some of my draft posts actually posted. I urge you to check Facebook for updates. I’ll post an update on Facebook on the mornings when I have a new post. (I’ll also try to remember to post on google plus, but with my current tech battles that might be too much to hope for.)

I have a couple classes coming up and it’s frustrating to not be able to get the word out, but if you check back you shouldn’t miss anything—or check the classes page

So why did I post this image today?

Well I needed a reminder that when I run out of ink (as I did when drawing this image) I just keep on drawing, with whatever is at hand.

It may not look as pretty (oh to have had even a little more purple ink to put some more contrast in the darker areas of the beard and fill out the jacket lines), but there is a delightful satisfaction in completing the drawing, and of course playing with the pen.  

Detail of a portion of today’s image.

Now while the mail program is out of sorts and my hands are tied until I hear back from the company, today’s multi-colored image is a good reminder to just keep on going with all the other blog-related things.  

If you would like to read more about my piecemeal style, please look that up in the category list at the side of this post—it’s a little drop down menu that goes on and on. (Well I have been at this for almost 10 years remember.). It’s alphabetical.

You might also enjoy finding the category for Parallel Pens. I have written a number of posts about how I sketch with these pens. I turn them on edge, corner, and even sometimes on the flat. I get a lovely range of strokes that are somewhat unpredictable as I’m working very quickly and can’t always see which part of the pen is going to be making the mark. 

Maybe that’s just another metaphor for life.

So many of those are popping up today.

Excuse me now, I have to get some more purple ink!

Go make something today—you’ll feel so much better! 

P.S. The “related posts” feature at the end of each blog post is working again. I’m giddy about that. Now each time you land on a post three other posts will appear linked at the bottom of the post. Click on one and you’ll land on an additional post that’s related. I hope you’ll check some of them out. Progress.




    • Carmel Campbell
    • February 20, 2018

    I got a welcome email today from your new system. So something is working!!! Thank you!

    1. Reply

      Carmel, I suspect the welcome email you received today was from my class platform because you joined By Design today. I don’t think any emails came out from the website today.
      But if it is from the blog, well I’m totally surprised. Thanks.

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