Monday, 28 February 2011
I bought a brushpen this week! The loose thinking behind this purchase was that I normally do my B&W illustration work with a brush and a pot of ink (Windsor and Newton Series 7 size 2 & Daler FW black ink), and thought it would be really great if I could get a similar feel to that media in the more accessable and relaxed form of a pen for drawing and sketching.
I chose a Pentel brushpen as it looked the business in the photo, and I'm really happy with it so far, it is comfortable to use and produces nice variable lines depending on the pressure applied, and the water resistant pigment ink is a really strong opaque black. It's exactly like using a high quality synthetic brush with a good ink.
So this weeks Pen sketches were done with the brush pen in combination with a standard pigment line pen (for uniform tone areas). I'm liking this combo at the moment (It has possibilities!), though this page itself is a bit tight tentative and over worked in places (They're looking a little more like rendered drawings than sketches at the moment.. . but.. well - what the heck! :). I think the warrior mouse is my personal favourite this week.
"Draw every day for at least half an hour. If you don't feel like it then draw until you do."
- Unknown Source
Friday, 18 February 2011
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Decided to experiment trimming down on pens a little this week, all of these sketches are done with a very light lettraset promarker warm grey no 1 (to ghost out the shape/form) and then a black 'flowy' pigmented line pen to ink them in (On the previous T.B.S pages I also included use of a lettraset black marker too). I thought by removing the black chisel marker I might try out some suggestions of reflected light in the shadow areas using some condensed cross hatching as opposed to them just being blocked in with solid black marker. This method seems to work ok, but takes longer and definitely has a more overly 'worked' look to it, which perhaps comes at the cost of immediacy and freshness. I'll probably zip back and forth with equipment and technique ideas, trying this and that (working within the set boundairies of these being pen sketching practice excercises) over the weeks. I'd really like to have a go with one of those brush-pen markers in the near future too.
"Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad."
- Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989)