When Sarah and I were talking about about new 7-days-a-week blog schedule, I suggested that we devote Wednesdays to things we’re obsessed with, because we’re always obsessed with something: Creepy dolls; squirrel hair paint brushes; crazy techniques involving gel medium, ink wash, and miniature Russian submarines. Something.
This week, for our very first wow, I have to talk about inking and pens. I HAVE TO.
Toward the end of last year, I got myself a Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto.
In official terms, this is a “multi-pen,” meaning that you can order cartridges in multiple sizes – 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm – and put them all into the same body. Switching from one to another is as easy pushing down on the cartridge you want.
What’s nice about this, at least for me, is that I don’t have to run around the house going, “Has anyone seen my .25 Micron?” Now, every size I want for inking is located in the same place, which is cool.
What’s less cool is that it still takes a wicked long time to build up line width while inking. Take the hat from one of the pieces of line art I made this week:
I inked this drawing with the Coleto, and building up the lines on the sides of the hat and the horns takes time to stroke and re-stroke and re-stroke again. It’s kind of fun, but at the same time, it’s tedious, like making popcorn by heating one kernel at a time.
All of that brings me to my WOW for this week: The Zebra Brush Pen.
This bad boy comes in different sizes – super fine, fine, medium, etc. – and it allows you to vary your line width simply by controlling the pressure you apply to the pen tip.
Fabulous, right? I have to improve my level of control before I can use this pen like a pro, though, because my efforts thus far have been . . . sub-pro. Apparently, I apply more pressure than I realize at certain moments in the inking process, and then suddenly I have a fat line where I want a skinny one. D’oh!
All of that is definitely operator error, though. The Zebra Brush Pen is not to be blamed for my newbie incompetence and lack of super fine motor control. I will get better and better, and then I will show you my better and betterness. Rawr.
How about you? What pens are you obsessed with right now?