Playing around with ink because I went on another art supply spree. I have such a problem I need like a sponsor and 12 step program lol. So I sketched this with mechanical pencil in an old moleskine ( I don't really like these sketchbooks anymore so will not buy another however the paper does have a smooth vellum-ish feel so good for ink!). Then I primarily did the inks with a speedball dip pen and india ink. Some of the really thin hair wisps and the shadow between the lips I did with a pigment liner they are best for the finest detail. THEN I haphazardly added sunglasses because I wanted a more graphic look and hated the eyes and had dug the pencil in too deep to fix them so they were done with pigment liner and sharpie. I also wanted to test my super tiny round brush so that was used in a few areas like around the neck.
I think my favourite method is the round watercolour brush honestly. I feel like dip pens waste a lot of ink unless I'm doing it wrong. You have to reload it once that little hole empties however there's wasted ink ALL OVER the nib that just gets wiped away. I've had this little bottle of winsor & newton black india ink for years and if I keep using the dip pen I'll probably finish it by the end of this year at that rate haha. Anyway had a lot of fun painting with diluted india ink for the stripes. Was a bit awkward at first but then I found my groove with it. Will definitely try drawing this again so I can do the sunglasses and stripes better and more dynamic pose/composition etc.