BAKERS CREEK. © 2013 Ellen Ward. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce reblog or pin. Pentel Pocket brush pen
Real beauty knocks you a little bit off kilter.
Pentel makes a wonderful thing: THE PENTEL POCKET BRUSH PEN. It is essentially a fountain pen with a brush tip— and many of my recent drawings are using it to create bold, high contrast images. It is a handy portable tool, without the mess of carrying a bottle of black india ink about in your pocket. I stopped bringing india ink when I had an explosion on a sketch trip–leaving me sticky, inky, and looking like I dug the Holland Tunnel with my bare hands. Pentel has got me happy again…
Drawing with a brush is an excellent approach to daily practice for a number of reasons:
• It is efficient: you are drawing and painting at the same time
• A brush line leads one to simplify the image, and this pushes the artist to be interpretive not repetitive. Why do you want to draw a photo to look like a photo? Leave that by the wayside: draw to interpret the world, to see it through your point of view, to document it through your own eyes.
• Working with a brush makes you more sensitive to line quality. Small changes in pressure and angle dramatically alter the path of a line, the emotional content of your subject matter, and your body language.
• Ink is definite! It is bold! It is undeniable. Frittering around with ghostly pale lines can leave you in a state of perpetual indecision. In drawing he who bumbles about in the everlasting gray — ends up having a hard time really seeing the subject matter. GET TO THE POINT. I advise everyone to take time to draw with ink, without any pencil guides…at any stage of your experience. Drive the bike without training wheels. Learn to see all lines as good lines. Learn to make drawings that are true and honest. Let finesse come later, because it is not going to come sooner!
• Less is more. Using a tool that makes you think about each movement on the page also makes you mindful and perhaps economical.