Monday, November 5, 2012

I'm a Pusher, Not a Puller

I got this hair up my ass to experiment with different pens. Again. I really like the old style, organic, look of a quill pen, and have this fantasy that I could use these for inking. I'm a product of the ball point pen. I've heard old teachers complain the ball point pen ruined penmanship. It causes you to press down too hard. Which I do. Also I do a lot of pushing when I write and draw. What I mean by that is I don't exclusively pull down, but will also push up, left and right rather than using a pulling motion, which kind of requires you to either rotate the paper or rotate the pen some.  Pushing with a ball point or round point is fine, but with a nib is scratches, catches, skips and generally doesn't work. The nibs with more rounded tips and those with flow flaps (don't quote that as a standard term) like the Speedball B-6 can be pushed, but really only create a uniform thickness of line, which kind of negates the value of using a nib, and increases the chance of globs and spills.

Below I've scanned in four different pens, on the same doodle.  This actually began as an exercise in using the non-photo blue pencil, which lead me to realize I'd have to ink in every doodle to be seen..  (hmm, idea could I doodle with a nib all day?  Only concern would be spilling that ink on the carpet.  The cat or I could knock it off.)  In my opinion the Sharpe, Penstix and B-6 show the most confidence in line work.  The Hunt you can see the potential for globs, and it is fussy because it was done on copy paper which typically does that with anything wet.  The Sharpe is not practical in every day use unless I plan to draw in super large scale, the line weight it too much for small work.  This was done on at full size on 8.5x11 copy paper.

Hunt Globe Bowl Point
Fine Point Sharpe

Penstix .5mm
Speedball B-6 
Hunt School Round

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