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Had a little fun with an old Bic ballpoint pen. (Everytime I see one of those things, I flash on the thousands of notes I took in my junior high lit classes in the late 70's.) If you use a light touch, you can get some nice shade variations and line widths.

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That guy with the hat:

I regret that many of my not-as-mediocre doodles lately have been done with cruddy pens.

Oh, Bic! I'm glad I'm not the only one!

I used a Bic this last Sunday night at the IHOP to sketch some trolls, goblins, and ogres on the backs of placemats. There is a certain freedom to be found in using ink, rather than pencil, while sketching something completely irrelevant on a piece of valueless paper.

My tablemates confiscated the artwork and have threatened to auction it on eBay.

Great way to pay for your meals. Have you ever tipped a caricature drawing?

I've never tipped with caricature, mostly because I've worked food-service, and I know these folks have little enough disposable income.

They also typically don't have a good place to keep the picture safe until the end of the shift.

Still, adding a caricature TO the tip, and doing it on comic-book backing board and then putting it in a bag... that's something I may just have to consider for the next trip to IHOP.

One thing I love about doodle sheets is the way the unrelated sketches accidentally interact with each other.

For instance, I know that's a monocle in the top-hatted gentleman's hand, but it looks for all the world like he's adusting a knob on Creepy Hood Guy's neck. Oh, the places I could go with that one . . .

Your work is Great. It's also nice to know that I'm not alone in the creative world being conservative.

My last two blog entries are of postcards I did using a Bic pen. I love the "sketchability" they allow you.

I'm glad I found your editorial and blog site. I'll be looking forward to all the new entries while catching up on the old.


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John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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