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Refill and resharpen your Faber-Castell PITT pens

19 Sep

Googling for how to refill my Faber-Castell PITT pen, I found a good tip on The Web Comic List (Anyone using Faber Castell PITT pens?). It is this YouTube video about how to use the other end of the nib to get a whole new fresh (and sharp) tip.

And how about refilling your marker? well, look at the back. There is a cap you can remove with a pair of pliers (gently). Once you have, you can refill it with India ink.

Don’t put too much in there, because it will overload the felt and drip from the nib. If that happens, keep your pen vertical, let it drip for a minute and use a piece of tissue paper to remove the excess ink. Always do this over a piece of disposable paper, so your furniture doesn’t get stained permanently.

Once you’re done, pop back the cap, and start drawing.

By the way, I tried the resharpen trick on my Faber-Castell PITT artist pen big brush, and I saw it didn’t have a double tip. The other side of the nib was blunt. Ah well, you can’t have everything.

That is all.

Getting too technical, skipping too far ahead

10 Aug

Sometimes you can get caught up by the technical side of drawing, and loose some of that spontaneity that makes drawing so attractive. You think if I do that, that and that, the result will be awesome. But it doesn’t work like that. You have to weigh each step beforehand, and decide if it will bring you closer to the end result. If you just mindlessly do the steps, one after the other, the result will most likely be not what you wanted, or what you intended. That is what kind of happened here.  While I was sketching, I didn’t think it through, but barged in too soon. Subtlety is not one of my strong points, it seems. Knowing that, I must stop after each step and consider what step to take next. Big ideas and shapes first, smaller inner shapes later, always trying to restate your drawing, thinking it through visually.

Getting too technical

I tried to salvage the drawing by manipulating it in GIMP. I really should have torn up the sketch and started all over.

That is all.