One thing about isolating during a pandemic is that it gives me more time to do creative work. I’ve been able to spend a lot of time writing and drawing, especially projects I’ve been putting off, including going back to work on one of the several middle grade novels I’ve been working on for years.
I’ve also been doing more pencil artwork. I usually draw my cartoons directly with Sharpies, sometimes sketching them in pencil first, but not usually. This is quicker, and the results are often more free and spontaneous. The dark ink is also easier to reproduce, at least through traditional means such as photocopying and printing (which is how I’ve usually worked). I do keep a sketchbook for pencil drawings which I do from time to time, but it generally takes about two years to fill.
Lately, I’ve been doing a lot more pencil drawing just for fun. This gives me a chance to experiment with new types of drawings, work in more detail, and make changes easily. Although I still don’t consider my pencil art to be finished artwork, it’s certainly enjoyable and helps me improve my craft.