Saturday, March 30, 2013


I'm obsessed with finding the perfect ink in a pen. One that is rich, dark, flat and not shiny when it dries, has great coverage and flows out of the pen and onto the paper well. Lately, i've been experimenting with lots of pens, pencils, inks and washes to get that perfect ink, but haven't found it yet. As you can see from the photo of just a few of my supplies above, I'm still searching for it. I'm most comfortable with a ballpoint pen for my detail lines and an ink wash for the larger background areas. I know the perfect ink is out there, and I know i will find it. Just a few more thousand pens to try and drawing to do.

Here's a detail of one of my drawings. i used a Mitsubishi Uni Power Tank 0.7 for the line work and Winsor & Newton ink block for the background. The Power Tank is a great pen. It works well when drawing extremely thin lines all the way to filling in larger areas. And I like that they make it in 0.5, 0.7 and 1.0 thicknesses.


  1. More than ink pours out of your connect yourself to the image...which is why they look back at us.

  2. I like how you did the different shapes to fill in the certain areas.

  3. Shading is applaudable! But yeah, all the inks in my area are for Chinese calligraphy paintbrushes (which means they 'run' on the page like water). Here's hoping you have better luck.