Reed pen cartoon, part 6

24 Jul

Drawing small is good for exploring possibilities, because you’re not too attached to the sketch, which only took a few seconds, two minutes tops. However, when you think you have something, you need to blow up that thumbnail. You can add more detail, give it more zing for its zang, so to speak.

Reed pen cartoon, part 6

As you might have noticed, I’ve added some finer details to this ink sketch. It seems that if you use the reed pen upside down, it gives a very fine point. I wonder if this also applies to other kinds of dip pens. It makes sense, though, because the bottom of the pen blade has a more gentler slope towards the tip (in the direction of the pen’s axis) than the top of the blade, which typically has a straight angle. It means if you turn the inking utensil 180 degrees around its axis from the normal position, you are in effect writing with the sharp edge between the top and front of the pen blade (or the nib in case of a pen with replaceable nibs).

That is all.

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