This is listed as a forever pen that never needs ink but it is a metal alloy tip that writes more like a pencil. When I looked this up on Amazon the reviews were not glowing. Many complained that the line was too light, too hard to see, more like a pencil than a pen and so on. I was not phased because I was seeing it as a possible tool for preliminary drawings, either for more detailed pen sketches or watercolor paintings. I often have a somewhat heavy hand and the more excited I am about a subject the more bold my lines become- this is not always an advantage when starting a drawing or watercolor painting.
Yes, the line is very light although it is possible to darken it with some extra pressure. I hope you can see my little test in this photo. High score for being light and looking like a pencil.
It is not heavy as some of the reviews indicate and though it comes in lots of models I chose this one for two reasons, the Cherry wood makes it warm to the touch and look at the shaped end, just like an aquarelle brush- I took that as a sign.
Some of the reviews mention that it is not smooth on the paper but I found it just fine, no problem with drag at all. Directly out of the box I found the line to be very fine and thin but it is also possible to sand it with extra fine grit sandpaper to sharpen it more. My initial test indicates that it will not be necessary. One thing that is notable about it is that it is not erasable so in that respect it is more like drawing with a pen that looks like a pencil. The next important test is to try it with watercolor and see what happens but I am excited about a fine light line in a tool that never needs sharpening or refills for preliminary sketches on location. I will let you know. Here is the link on Amazon if you want more information.
Now back to the sketches. I have been continuing to work on my figure drawing but the hint of Spring in the air has renewed my interest in getting outside and sketching some nature subjects lately.
I am organizing by sketchbook this time.
The first sketches are in my handmade sketchbooks. I have two of these, one is quarter sheet size 11"x 15" and the other is half that size 7.5"x 11". That way I can include any kind of paper I like and tear from full sheets with no waste for the journals.
As these are filling up it occurs to me that I should make another of each size, one to use as an "album" for finished work and another to use as a working sketchbook. I will put that idea on the list. The next group of sketches are in these books.
Here is a pen and watercolor sketch on Fabriano 140 lb soft press paper from the Tuesday session at Whiteside Portrait Painters.
Another sketch from the Tuesday group on Fabriano Hot press paper.
I have been thinking that this vine might make an interesting if complicated subject for a couple of seasons now and somehow the time to act was upon me.
The drawing is Brown Ochre watercolor pencil and pen with brown and grey De Atrementis document ink.
Here it is finished with the watercolor. It was somewhat of a challenge but I think I may be sketching this vine again. The next day I was out walking and found a lovely piece of twisted vine that I could bring into the studio for some more practice.
This is a scene I captured one recent evening while sketching instead of writing by the fire and is a common one at our house. Another sketch in pen and watercolor.
Moving onto the last group of sketches in my 5.5" square Handbook Journal from Global Arts. This paper has a little tooth, is a light cream color and seems too light weight to handle watercolor but it actually does very well with light washes.
This is my most journal like of all the sketchbooks I have going currently and I end up doing more writing in this one. These are the smallest most informal sketches and the ones I do when traveling.
Only pencil and colored pencil in the museum but I added some watercolor to this one after we left the exhibit.
Another little sketch from this journal made while sitting on my front porch watching a Spring rain. Water soluble pencil, pen and watercolor.
Whew, I remember thinking with all the work on the tapestries this month I wouldn't have much to share here but I am fairly exhausted by now.
Here is hoping for a Spring/Summer full of great sketching!