The prompt for Day 14 is FIERCE. This is a pen and ink (and wash) drawing made from a photograph of a Japanese Noh mask. I couldn't capture the beauty of the smooth red and black wood using this technique. I hope I captured the fierceness to some degree.
I used pen and ink because this is a drawing for INKTOBER, and I was aware while doing it that lots of little black lines are a poor substitute for tone. I used to be way into pen and ink for the same reason that it was a technique of choice for centuries: when the goal was to translate the image to a printed page it worked well.
Even when we were far beyond the need to make an engraving of a pen and ink drawing in order to make it printable, up until the time when the digital process took over a black and white drawing could be photographed and made into a printing plate without any other interference, such as a halftone screen.
Here's an example of the pen and ink drawings I used to make. The angels in the sky and the lettering use black and white directly. The lines on the earth are intended to approximate tone. That is what seems not worth it any more...though it does allow for a kind of cohesion that changes when wash is introduced.