Friday, December 25, 2015

Men of means and consequence—Mr. Willoughby

£3K/yr—Mr. Willoughby, after marriage, from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility

Yesterday's post is Mr. Willoughby. 

I had intended to draw Mr. Knightley from Emma, but I'm not sure what happened. I inked it using one of Pier's Waterman pens. These are really great to use, but produce a much different effect than I'm used to, and of course the experience is vastly different, from the stiffness or flexibility of the nibs to the flow of the ink. But I enjoy new pen challenges. I'd like to use finer pens in general, so it all works together.

Except in this case, the drawing ended up feeling too "put together" and smug to be Mr. Knightley, and struck me as very Willoughby, my least favorite Austenian ne'er do well.

The series was inspired by Monica Gallagher's penchant for drawing series of character drawings. So, thank her!

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