A Great Pen is a Miracle
"A drawing is simply a line going for a walk."
~ Paul Klee
A great pen is a miracle. It makes drawing an immense pleasure. Especially when you are in tune with what you are drawing. The act of putting pen to paper is like reaching out to touch your surroundings and absorb them into your self.
I have used the Tombow dual brush for years and it feels like an old friend – reliable, long lasting and fun. On one side is a nylon brush-like tip that allows you to make a varied line. On the other is a stiff marker-like tip. What is unique about this pen is that the ink is water-soluble. So you can make a black ink drawing and then take a variety of watercolor brushes to dissolve it. (I like to use a flat tapered nylon brush and a round watercolor brush.) This creates washes of grey to add shadow and nuance. The pens also come in a variety of colors. I like to have a variety of warm and cool neutrals such as blue black, dark brown, ochre, dark greenish grey. You can also add a pink or neon green for a more clever look. I can’t have more than 3-4 colors or I get overwhelmed and the drawings don’t turn out.
The Sakura Pigma pens in sepia are also a favorite of mine – but they seem more fragile and precious. A 4-piece set gives one brush-tip, a stiffer marker tip and two sizes of very-fine hard tips. The sepia color is beautifully warm and the pens make very delicate lines. However the color cannot be dissolved in water – which of course has its advantages. Rainstorms don’t destroy them and you also can do a water-color overlay without the original drawing dissolving.
The Faber-Castel Pitt Artists’ Pens are wonderful hard tip pens for refined and delicate drawings. I would get an extra fine tip and a medium. They also have brush tips. The extra-fine tip is great for preliminary sketching because it is hardly visible. Much more forgiving. They also come in Sepia and Sanguine for an earthier look.
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