Fire Fighters – Line Drawing by Mike Watt
I wanted to think of something a bit more fun than firefighters having a water fight with a hose so I gave them water pistols instead.
Because its such a silly visual I thought it would be funny to reference the really tense scene from Reservoir Dogs with Harvey Keitel and Steve Buscemi having their stand off. Using the Artline pens helped me keep the energy in the drawing, they have a great flow and its helps get the image out of my head and onto the paper quickly so it retains the energy.
I draw most of my work with Artliners. I sometimes get funny looks at life drawing when I go there with felt tips, most people have charcoal, pastels or pencils. I have played around with a bunch of differentmediums but I always end up using Artliners. The smooth flow of the pens and putting down something finished straight away is something that I’ve always loved. There is no smudging orrubbing out, what you put down is what you get. I believe over thinking the line or drawing over the top of pencil can make the line lose its power and start to look self-doubting.
I think there is something nice about your first line being your finished line.