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Pen And Ink Monograms

Pen and Ink Monograms

A few years ago I sat down in front of a movie I didn’t really want to watch with a piece of paper and a pen. I doodled. To be honest, I was bored. It was 2009 and I had just finished high school a few months before. At the time I was working a government job that wasn’t really doing anything for me and I was worried that my entire life was going to be a repeat of boredom and the creative void.

Melodramatic I know, but I was only 17.

So I doodled, and what came out of it was something that I almost wanted to call art. Finally, I had found the small niche in which my meagre drawing skills could flourish. Let me just get this straight, I am not a person who can draw realistically. But apparently abstract patters suited me down to the bone. Over the years I kept going, with the drawings steadily becoming more and more detailed.

This latest set, a series of pen and ink monograms, are the result of again having a bit too much time on my hands. I’ve decided to put together the most popular letters of the alphabet. I’d love to hear your feedback, so feel free to comment!

It's the L word! Or, you know, just the L.

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Of course there’s still quite a bit of work to do in getting the monograms ready. I need to get high quality scans done, find a good printer and start to produce them in a format ready for sale. To be honest I’m really excited about the potential they might have. I’m always interested in ways to further supplement my income, but in this case I’m more interested in seeing if people like the style of the monograms enough to buy them.

So I bring you the letter B!

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Just another letter in the alphabet #zendoodle #zentangle #doodle #draw #drawing #art #penandink

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These pen and ink drawings look super complicated, and they are. I draw them on A5 paper with Micron pens. The largest size I use is a 0.5mm, and that’s really just for the outline. All the small lines are done with a 0.1mm or a 0.2mm. I’m really excited because I was in the art shop the other day and I saw a 0.05mm Micron. That is definitely going to be my next purchase!

Another letter done! Considering there are 4 people in my family with names that start with J, it seemed like a common letter to go with.

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What I love more about these drawings is that they really are just the result of a freewheeling mind. I don’t plan them before I begin, I just sit down with a pen in my hand, something to listen to or watch in the corner of my eye and a desire to create something. The fact that they evolved from a single doodle makes me so happy, because it really proves to me just how amazingly creative we all can be.

I’m posting the pen and ink monograms as they’re finished on instagram. If you want to keep track of my progress please follow me there!

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Helen
    November 26, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Gorgeous! Fun! An interesting balance between exciting and calming.

    • Reply
      Oceana Setaysha
      November 27, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks Helen! I’m really happy that you like them 🙂

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