Above: Gradually over the days my use of the Pilot Lettering Pen and the sepia Pentel ColorBrush for washes, let me to pick up the black in brush pen again (I used various ones) and restate some very hard lines. (Face on the left shows what happens when you try to pick up too much of the sepia dye-based ink from this paper—you get ghosting.) Click on the image to view an enlargement.
Left: Here's a detail of the face on the left. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
As we saw on last Wednesday's post I moved away from brush pens and brushes in general immediately after International Fake Journal Month 2014 was finished. One of the physical problems I've been battling for over a year now is both tennis and golfer's elbow in my right arm (I play neither, but you know I do a whole heck of a lot of other similar motions in my life with the constant typing on the computer for work or writing. I wanted to give my arm a rest from reaching for the brush either for paint or ink, or from squeezing a brush pen. But I gradually started picking up the black ink brush pens again and this post shows a few of the images in which it happened.
Left: Direct brush pen sketching using the fine-tipped pigment ink-filled Pentel ColorBrush, then I applied sepia using the Pentel ColorBrush, and lightened washes and spread washes with the Niji waterbrush. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
From there I moved again to just using the black ink pen to sketch. There is something about that black brush line that I love so much. I tend to slow down and think about where my line is going to go and then speed up and put the line down very quickly because the brush pens just slide along on the surface of the paper. It's heaven. And then to splatter sepia ink everywhere, and then water to pick up the sepia ink. More heaven. Too much fun. I actually get giddy doing this.
Left: Here's a detail of the single page portrait. If you're like me you wanted to see the detail of the ink on the page. Sometimes I move the ink around with a paper towel. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
The paper in these notebooks is a bit gray, these aren't bad scans. But I'm happy to put up with that, as well as some slight paper buckling, just because it is all so fun to work on.
With all the splattering I did in May I ruined the top of the chair I sit in and further degraded my various pairs of painting paints. But the chair's seen its last days anyway so I have not a bit of guilt behind the silly smile I wear when I do this.
Go have some fun with your brush pens.