Friday, 14 March 2014

New pens and a stone wall

I went into my local art shop in Cirencester this morning for a new sketch book ... and was immediately enticed by some delicious-looking Kozo paper and some Faber-Castell Pitt brush pens.

The pens come in packs in all sorts of colours as well as separately and I bought the grey shades pack and a loose black. These seemed to feed my current fixation with black and white - tweaked a little by the grey.



When I got home, I rushed immediately to try the feel of the pens - the black first - but I saved the Kozo paper till I was in a more considered and careful mood.

I spent twenty minutes sketching the stone wall just outside my work room, looking at the shapes of the stones and the negative spaces between them. The pens will take a little getting used to as I tended to press too hard (I always do ...) and the line I produced lacked subtlety and control, but the feel of the pen on the paper was a real pleasure.


Later in the afternoon, I found the time to do some playing, and couldn't resist the Kozo paper. I drew randomly on it, experimenting with the Pitt pens to check out the quality and firmness of the line and the possible tones - more wandering lines and dots and dashes meandering across the page - very calming ...


And then some cropping and rotating and gridding of the images ...


... just for fun ... and a bit of practice!


8 comments:

  1. Ah, you have discovered them too. I take nothing else with me when I am away from home - the greys, black, and the terras. I also take a .005 pen to make extremely fine lines. I find them brilliant. It looks as if you are already enjoying yours.

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    1. Thanks, Olga. I will try out the very fine pen with the Pitt pens - my wall drawing needed that, I think. Those terras looked very inviting too - perhaps my next purchase ... there is so much exciting stuff to choose from!

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    1. Have a feeling I'm going to enjoy mine too ...
      Now through your comment here, I've found your blog. I notice many familiar blogs in your register and I will visit you when the spirit moves me!

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  3. Playing and experimenting are such a delicious luxury. You are much braver than I at showing your drawing experiments, but you get such nice results!!

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Cindi. I really enjoy 'playing' and do it a great deal. I sometimes think that my playtimes yield more goodies than my finished work - something I'm working on!

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  4. I only have one of these and love it. Love the cropped pieces.

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    1. I used one for the Dionne Swift exercise posted above ... knew it would come in handy!

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