Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sketching with a copperplate pen

I wondered what sketching with a copperplate fountain pen might be like, as theoretically, it should be able to do variable lines, depending on the pressure. I like the Noodlers Flex pen, but for sketching would prefer a finer nib.

A woodcarver from The Book of Forgotten Crafts. This is a great book for practising sketching people from different angles, as it has some terrific photos in it, and was a fascinating read too. 

 Above: A potter from the same book, looking down at his work.

This was also done with the copperplate pen, and is based on a sketch by R Campbell-Smith in the book Drawing for Pleasure by V Douet. I really like his style of drawing and how he does his lines, almost reminiscent of a woodcut sometimes.

Anyway, I liked the scratchy look of the Copperplate, which was almost as if I were drawing with a dip pen, but being a fountain pen, is much more portable and practical for sketching on location. However, the ink flow in a Copperplate pen is not so good for times when you want to sketch fast. The Noodlers flex pen coped better with that. I probably need to find an Osmiroid fine rollatip nib.

A gratuitous photo of some pelicans at Toukley, Central Coast, NSW, Australia

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