“Drawing with a pencil is about finding new ways to see. Inking over a drawing is about convincing yourself that you’ve always seen that way.”
I feel this way a lot, too. That the drawing part of drawing is horrible and tedious and, then getting out the brush makes the whole thing come alive and it’s a great joy (even when the ink goes places you don’t mean it to, and you have to do something clever to salvage)
I love my brush. I had no idea how much I would love it- the prospect of something so soft producing such crisp lines sounded impossibly hard to me, and I tried and tried with nibs for years and just never got comfortable. The brush feels so natural now, and while I’m not the most skilled person at using it, I’m not fighting against its nature to get what I want.
Anyway. Pat Grant is much more eloquent on this point. Go read his.