Materials: Pentel Colour Brush Pen in grey, and a rather crappy bit of paper.
Plan: I bought this pen in grey as i was hoping to use it to do shading on my ink drawings. The plan here was to have a quick, first go with this brush pen on a bit of crappy paper that was laying on my coffee table, but i got a bit carried away.
Learned: That the brush pen is a very interesting way of drawing and much more expressive than a pen or pencil. It goes from really fat lines to incredibly fine ones, if you’re gentle enough — which i do need more practice at. This pen is the grey version, which it gave a fairly reasonable interpretation of at first, but that was because the ink wasn’t really flowing and once the ink did start flowing properly it turns out to be almost black. I think most manufacturers need to reset their ideas of what grey means — like half way between white and black would be what normal people would call grey, not 90% toward black like this ink is.
Soooo: I’m rather pleased with my first play with a brush pen and will definitely be back with it in the future.
Next: I’m just gonna keep doodling with it until all this nearly black ink is used up and then i shall refill it with a much milder shade of grey and start using it for what i bought it for.
Materials: Handbook Drawing Journal 8.25×5.5in and a Uni Ball 0.1mm Pin.
Thoughts: While wandering through Teoh Yi Chie’s channel on Youtube i found “Sketching the Waag at Nieuwmarkt square (timelapse tutorial)”.
I really liked the look of the building and had a look at Teoh’s reference photo. It was quite a small photo and the building was obscured by a fruit & veg market and lots and lots of cars and vans, so i went off to Wikipedia and found this one.
Learned: Find a picture of the subject that i really like and with tons of pixels to exploit: 3872 x 2592. Don’t worry if you make a mistake, which i did several times for any amateur art critics out there who want to practice being picky as fuck while i practice my urban sketching. While i quite enjoyed drawing with the Uni Ball Pin, i don’t think the 0.1mm is 0.1mm, it’s not even close: i can get finer lines with my 0.5mm Rotring Tikky pencil.
Soooo: I do need to pay a bit more attention to what i’m doing as i did make some silly mistakes, but for a first go at sketching a building i’m rather happy with it. I also need to find a better pen for the really fine stuff. This pen will write quite fine but you have to be really delicate with it to do so, as soon as you allow any pressure at all it starts to get quite thick.
Next: I have to do a nice mixing chart with my paints, which should give me a little more practice with them. And then i get to cover my nice picture of De Waag in lots of pretty colours and you’ll all get to see how it turns out.
I’ll be back soon, so don’t go away. Well, alright then, you can go away, but make sure you come back soon and i’ll see you here.