Tuesday, November 3, 2009

So far . . .

I've been playing with pen nibs and india ink these past few days; mostly just trying to get the hang of it. Honestly, I'm not sure that I'm liking it.

Some of the pen & ink practice.

As soon as I thought I was comfortable with the pen and ink, I started on a few drawings and was frustrated through the whole experience.

Pen & ink done with Speedball sketching nibs and Winsor & Newton India Ink.

I felt like I had no control of the pen and wasn't sure how to handle showing shadows and shading (hence all of the weird lines). For now I'm going to keep trying - at least until a certain project is done. Crossing my fingers that I at least learn how to handle the pen and ink properly by the time I'm done. Any tips would be most welcome!


Christine Martell said...

NO idea if this applies to you at all... I find when I use pen and ink I tend to get a death grip on the pen. It comes out better if I can relax my grip and allow the ink to flow over the page.

You are getting nice energy when you are playing with the marks.

Leah said...

For what it's worth, I really love the teapot and pear!

Keep on playing and you'll get a feel for it.

tortagialla said...

I think your drawings are great! I actually just bought a dip pen, but haven't tried it yet. I think as with anything...takes time to get used to...love your pattern exploration as well...so creative!

Vee said...

Thanks for the kind comments everyone!

Funny thing, after I posted this the pictures I drew started to grow on me. :)

Christine - Thanks for the tip! I need to pay attention next time and see if I do that.