I'm curious how other people approach pen and ink artwork.

When it comes to realist pen and ink art, I have a tendency to start a drawing in pencil, so that I can erase any mistakes, before going over it in pen. 

If I'm doing an abstract pen and ink drawing, I usually feel confident enough to use a pen right from the beginning and not use a pencil at all.

How about you?  Which do you prefer, and why?

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Hi there Thaneeya..........Pencil first, and erase the graphite as I go.

I never use pencil, I want to make my efforts count and to have to go back and draw over is extra time. I sometimes use tracing paper and simply 'dot' around the key points. I mostly just use my ink and 'dot' the outline myself sometimes using a photo as a guide next to me. That's why I like pointillism. A line is a line, if it's out of scale, you can't draw another line adjacent to it. whereas a dot can have dots added around it and it never appears as though you had the framework scaled incorrectly. And sometime, I just draw free form.

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