I’ve done pen and ink work for a LONG time, since the mid-1970s. Back then I used Speedball and then Brause steel nibs for lettering, along with turkey quills for medieval and celtic illumination. For commercial work it was Rapidiograph technical pens or bust. I recently unearthed a folder with tearsheets of drawings I did […]

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Great Pen And Ink Artists, Part 1: Charles Dana Gibson

Charles Dana Gibson, the legendary late 19th century pen and ink artist, was an Influencer long before the term came into use to describe someone on social media who “influences” their followers’ tastes in clothes, food, music, where to go on vacation and other lifestyle choices. He drew all kinds of people, as you’ll see, […]

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First Look: New Inks From Russia! Yum!

Like, I suspect, most pen and ink artists, I’m always interested in new and interesting inks. And I just found some on Etsy that I tried out yesterday and will be using from now on to supplement the various, more standard black inks I use. NOTE: the seller specifically states that these water-based walnut inks […]

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New Sketches! Poppy Seed Cases

It’s that time of year when flowers start to go to seed. These are from Papaver rhoas, the Flanders poppy, named when millions of bloomed in the summer following the end of WWI, covering the pulverized ground in France where huge battles were fought. To this day, in England and France, this red poppy is […]

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August Flowers In Pen And Ink

I sketched some of the flowers in our garden yesterday morning and worked directly with the pen, no pencil underdrawing. From sitting in one spot on my rucksack/stool I did Gaura Lindhemeri, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and the still-green seed heads of a Papaver somniferum. I used a Pilot Kakuno pen with a Pilot Black Namiki cartridge […]

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Getting Started: Seeing Simple Shapes, Part 2

Continuing on from Part 1, which you can read here, I want to show you another way to approach seeing the big shapes and capturing those before you dive into detail. At the top is a finished pen and ink drawing of a white rhino. But you can draw just this… and anyone who has […]

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New Nib Try-outs! And A Step-by-Step Demo.

This last couple of months or so I’ve been working my way through the nibs I’ve purchased that were specifically designed for drawing and drafting. For whatever reason, possibly because there weren’t as many made as the ones for writing or perhaps artists/draughtsmen (no “draughtswomen” back in the day) were harder on them, they can […]

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