Monday, 10 September 2007

Weapon of Choice

Another drawing of my fantasy town which I might paint later on. Rima and Neda were asking me about ink drawing a while ago so I thought I'd just mention my choice.

I have a good old-fashioned mapping pen which I use when I want a particular effect - it can make wonderful variable lines with a slightly grungy appearance and of course you can splat the ink around if you're feeling adventurous.

For most line work however I prefer a Pilot drawing pen. These come in several different point sizes and are quite robust. I also like Pigma Micron pens, just can't get them round here alas. Both these brands are inexpensive and most importantly (for me) don't 'scratch' when you use them. Nothing puts me off a pen quicker than scratchiness!

The other thing in the picture is my propelling pencil which I love because it never needs sharpening and gives a nice fine line.


  1. Anonymous6:53 pm

    My favourite pen is the Faber-Castel Pitt Pen - comes in various nibs and colours and is entirely waterproof which is most useful. I also like pens for drawing that aren't waterproof and then you can move the ink around for tones.

    It is great to see all the lovely work you have been doing while I have been away - great stuff as always!

    Kari x

  2. NEat! I love to hear about art tools. Your fantasy town looks wonderful. :)

  3. I found you site through Sally at Imagine This. I am enjoying all the wonderful things on your site. I am new to this collage world and I must say you are another inspiration to me. Would you mind of I put a link to your site on my blog?
    Patti/My Treasure Barn

  4. Please paint this Franny!!! I am drooling!

  5. Thank you, thank you! I love writing/drawing/painting instruments but I have never really found the "ideal" one. I appreciate your post and thank you for the images too. Going shopping now!

  6. I loooove little town scenes! :):)

    Oooh, I'll have to look up that Pilot pen. I use Microns, but goodness, I discovered that they aren't very waterproof.

    My favorite is the "Zig" brand, which is meant for scrapbooking--totally waterproof, nice ink. However, they don't have the tiny point I need. Sighhhhhhh.