black and white

drew this a long time ago.  more than ten years.

drew this a long time ago. more than ten years back.

I used to draw in black ink on white paper all the time.  It was a reliable contrast.  Lazier than drawing with colors, easy to make scratchmarks, black out empty territory.  Leaving certain negative shapes behind.  Many of the old notebooks I burned two weeks ago in my parents’ backyard were all black ink, page after page.  Gradually I stopped drawing (and writing) in black ink, and moved on to blue, red, silver, other colors.  Don’t know why, or when, exactly this happened.  Something about the brazenness of black on white, the authority: it became too much responsibility.  I backed away from sharp contrast, settled on pale blue,  occasional bronze lines.  Milder inks faking older postures.

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