This hummingbird is something I had started last spring for my own pleasure, but had to keep setting aside for other work. It is being inked with a Pigma Micron pen that has been modified by me with a scalpel. By cutting the pen tip down I am able to do very thin line work on wee birds such as this hummer specimen. I typically do a very detailed pencil sketch first, so I know precisely where the ink will go and avoid any uncertainty about the placement. Ink can be a rigid medium to work in and mistakes can be difficult to repair, so by doing the sketch in pencil first I gain confidence in how the piece might look finished. The ink goes right over the pencil and there is usually no need to erase, as the ink completely covers it.