When I think of fountain pens it takes me back to my childhood and my parents’ fountain pens. While I use black for drawing, my parents’ pens used blue ink for writing. There was always a fascination for me, the elegant case, the stylish point, the beautifully written script, in blue ink on writing paper, the old fashioned, thin but sturdy writing paper, slightly translucent. A lever on the side of the pen used to refill the pen with ink, part of the writing ritual.
In drawing class we used a dip pen; it has a tip like a fountain pen but no reservoir for the ink. There was always some tension for me, a slight worry about when the pen would run out of ink.
I am a favorite pen type of person. I tried Micron pens which ran out of ink too fast and ball point pens which leaked globs of ink on my drawings. I never imaged it would be so easy to draw and write with a fountain pen. My new favorite pen.
pen and ink portrait
My friend C protests she is not an artist but every year she takes a road trip on which she makes pen and ink landscapes. I am impressed. It takes me years before I am brave enough to abandon my pencil and eraser. Favorite pen #2, Platinum Fountain Pen, Preppy, Fine Nib, Black (PPQ-200-#1)
Pen and ink sketch of a deep sea creature, the Hatchetfish.
TV sketch plus, Scottie. Added a splash of watercolor. I am aiming for an Egon Scheile style of drawing. Pen, ink, and watercolor.
Reference sketch from the LOC on flickr; Amelia, ca 1915. Pen and ink on paper.
Reference sketch, from the LOC on flickr, Onishiki, sumo wrestler ca 1915. Pen and ink, on paper.
Another TV sketch, Arabella. Pen and ink on paper.
I like his mustache; Captain Walter Crosley, ca 1915. Old photographs fascinate me; reference photograph from the Library of Congress (LOC) which has a wonderful flickr site. Pen and ink on paper.
Quick Sketch : Young Gil
Ink on paper. I call these TV sketches as I sketch them while I’m watching a show. One doesn’t have time to be fussy, so the line work remains fresh. I used scrap paper and you can see some of the text from the back side bleed through. I have a sketch book, but where are they when you want one…