Monday, January 28, 2008
In a past post, I mentioned how I’ve been experimenting with brush pens. This came about after experiencing a bit of “artist’s block,” which I attributed partly to dissatisfaction with my own brushwork, as well as to the declining quality of brushes I have been noticing over the years. Though I generally like working with markers, I don’t find them conducive to finished work. Desperate to shake things up, I decided to test a few out, most notably the Faber-Castell brush pen.
Although I’m still using the brush pens, the regular brush has remained in my stable of inking tools. The brush has a lightness of touch and a finesse a brush pen can’t capture. Having said that, the brush has become more of an “end-finisher”—I’m using the brush pen for more bolder linework, to fill in blacks in tight places, and for some of the more broader brushstrokes (like folds in clothes), but after some trial and error, the brush is still my tool-of-choice for most of my outline work (particularly figures).
I just wished they’d make brushes that kept their points better!!