I’ve never been in a hot air balloon, but I’ve always wanted to. I’ve been seeing a lot of images of them popping up on Pinterest lately, and I was inspired to do a much larger linocut than I have been wont to do. Like all my linocuts, I drew many iterations in ink–my lovely fine point Bic Grip Stick Roller Ball pen holding up nicely. Not only did I draw this hot air balloon many times with the one pen, I also drew several iterations of my “Relics of Our Existence” series with the same pen. Needless to say, I’m a little bit infatuated with the pen. It just draws so smoothly and lasts so long. It didn’t start running out until the last version of gondola. But that’s okay; I have another one.
Enough pen love, here’s the drawing:
I drew this in a style that would be easy-ish to carve out of linoleum, but after spending 18 hours carving the fern frond, I hesitate to tackle this in linoleum–one little slip of the blade and the whole thing could be ruined. I could splurge and go for a polymer plate, but the lines would need a lot of cleaning and my graphics skills on the computer are not great. But it’s a pretty drawing for the time being.
P.S. Don’t draw while watching a movie about two people dying from cancer–tears make ink bleed: