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Pen and Ink Drawings: A Simple Foundation
The pen is one of the most important tools for artists, crafters, typographers, and many others, both professional and enthusiast. The type of pen you use for your pen and ink artwork makes a huge impact of the quality of your work, and thus, it is important to know what to look for when looking for the right tool for your pen and ink artwork and experiments.
First, look for pens that use archival quality ink. This ink will stand the test of time, and is usually made of higher-quality pigments that reproduce very well with a range of paper types.
Second, decide on the nib size of your pen. The smaller the pen nib, the finer detail you can create. It is good to have a range of nib sizes: heavy areas of shading can take much longer with smaller nibs, and detail work requires the smallest nib possible for good depth and reproduction.
Homemade Bamboo Nibs
Shading & Line Techniques
Hatching and Crosshatching
This opaque ink comes in several finishes, and dries without hot spots or ink variations. A must-have for any serious pen and ink work!
If you want the ability to thin out or mix ink to achieve your artistic vision, then Winsor Newton drawing inks are worth looking into.
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