Before I did the recent horse sketches, I had been looking at many sketches made in brush pen, using Indian Ink, and I thought I’d like to have a go. I filled a brushpen with some W&N black, and searched around for a test subject or two.
First for the treatment was a pen pot, done superfast in my drawing pad which has quite a decent weight of smooth paper. The strange thing on the right which looks a bit like a small hockey stick is… a small hockey stick. I don’t know why.
I rather enjoyed the way the ink went on, but was struggling to achieve any variation in stroke at this point. But the drawing seems to me to actually have quite a lot of character in its imperfections.
Next up for the treatment were unmatched salt and pepper pots. I thought I might have some fun with the transparency of the salt grinder, and the wood grain of the pepper mill.
This was also a very rapid sketch on the same drawing paper, and I started to get the feel for the brush pen. On the downside, I think I could have probably achieved a similar result with a felt-tip. I also think I got a bit fiddly with the details. With this in mind, next time I will try to do more to explore and exploit the variation in line thickness which the brush pen offers, and to further simplify the lights and darks.