I have a stash of Pebeo China Paint markers so that I always have fresh ones at my fingertips. The older a paint marker is, the harder it is to get a steady ink flow. The tips also deteriorate quickly; they start with nice thin lines, but after a while it blunts and the lines get thicker. However, I really like the chunky lines of a mildly broken-in marker, it gives drawings character.
I like the illustrations on these mugs, but it wish I had made them a little smaller just so I could get those nice thick lines in proportion to the drawings. I pulled it off a little better here, but I still need to work on consistency. I feel like I have a set of illustrations I can draw with uniform results, but I need some more practice on getting predictable results from my tools.
It’s always been the ability to do something consistently and quickly that separates the hobbiest from the professional. I could use a little more of that in my fingertips.