Archive for December, 2020


Oh Tannenbaum

December 31, 2020

Each year I draw my Christmas tree. And each year I hope to make it look different from my drawings of previous years.

But it never does. I’ve used a variety of mediums, but they all kinda end up looking the same.

This year I realized that the way to make it look different is to stop doing the same close-up composition, and just let the tree be part of a larger scene.

So here it is. A little sloppy and a little late, but I finally achieved my goal.


The good pens

December 4, 2020

I’m a lover of small luxuries. Like handwarmers and candy cane coffee and good pens. Little things like that bring me a lot of joy and make me feel lucky.

Have you ever borrowed a pen from someone and the ink just flowed out like a dream? Not too juicy, not too dry, just a perfect beautiful line. You find yourself asking “Where did you get this pen???” Because up until then, you never knew what you were missing. You never knew how much difference a good pen could make. How much unexpected happiness you got from making a mark on a page.

Not long ago I wrote this to remind me to get the good pens.

One of my favorite pens is the Pentel Pocket Brush pen. It’s so fun to draw with. You can get such a wide variety of marks out of it. It takes a lot of practice to make a precise line, and I don’t quite have the motor skills to get it to do exactly what I want it to do, but that is part of the fun.