I’m drawing most stuff digitally these days, using custom brushes made by Kyle T Webster. And even drawings I make by hand get cleaned up in Photoshop, so if I mess up and smudge everything, it’s not a huge deal. Computers!
You can lay down a clean piece of paper under the meat of your drawing hand to prevent smudging, sometimes that helps. Sometimes I wrap a piece of toilet paper around where I grip my pen, if it’s an incontinent pen.
I know you’ve heard this advice before, but it’s true: keep trying materials and papers until you find something you like. Don’t get stuck with one way of doing things! That said, I really like Stonehenge paper + Muji sketchbooks + this carbon ink pen at the moment. Warning: this pen is highly incontinent.
You can’t, man. :(
I mean, even with stuff you do leave behind (see above), how long does it have to last to be a lasting trace? A generation? 300 years? And how will you personally get to enjoy the lasting?
One of my dear friends, my brother’s girlfriend, the most magical and lovely person, passed away three months ago and I’m still trying to process it.
Here’s a letter to Roxy.