Why Not Try the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist’s Calligraphy Pen?

March 14, 2012

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Above: This is a page spread from my in-studio journal. I was watching the Westminster dog show so of course I had to pick up my sketch book. I'd like to say, because of my allegiance to Alaskan Malamutes, that Ricky was robbed, but the Dobie who won his group, and even the boxer bitch who came in second, were excellent dogs. These sketches are in a 9 x 12 Fabriano Venezia journal. I used a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy pen, black. (They also come in a brown and a wine color I believe.)

120311MalamuteCaneCorsoDetaLeft: Here's a detail of the Cane Corso dog's face. There are letters around the image, A through F. Each letter is near a line which you can see is different in thickness and texture from its siblings. All these lines come out of the same pen simply by varying angle and pressure.

I enjoy using this pen on this paper because it practically squeeks along the surface, cutting in the directions I desire. But I also like working with this pen on softer papers, other watercolor papers, printmaking papers, slicker drawing papers, and so on. You get the idea, I find this a very versatile pen—especially when I want to work large and the nibs on my Staedtler Pigment Liners are not large enough to make quick work of a large page.

The other great thing about this pen is that on pretty much every paper I've ever tested it on it is waterproof almost immediately. Sometimes it's the only pen that's waterproof in any span of time that's worth waiting.

So if you're looking for a versatile, hard working pen for sketching you might want to check this one out. It's fun to write with too.

(And I'm not affiliated with the company in any way—I'm just a fan.)

You'll see me jump to using this pen a lot in my journals. It, along with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and my Staedtler Pigment Liners, is one of my default pens.

To see more sketches with it you can check out "Adjustment P10 Journal" in three short videos that start at this link. (The sketches in "P10" are mostly on softer papers like Rives BFK.)

  1. Reply

    Nice sketches, Roz….I’ve noted the pen on my ‘To Buy’ list. Thanks ~

  2. Reply

    Thanks Serena. I hope you enjoy the pen. I have a lot of fun with it.

  3. Reply

    Roz, just picked up the 8 PITT black artist pens set. Having some spine surgery on Thursday so I’ll have some time to test them out on different sketchbook surfaces. Enjoy being “Wound Up” with your blog.

  4. Reply

    Dennis, did you get the Calligraphy pen from them? I don’t know if it is in a set configuration as they only make the one size calligraphy pen. I hope it’s in that set of 8 so that you can try it out. I’m sure they’ll have a brush pen in the set which will also be great fun for you.

    I’m sorry to hear that you are going to have spine surgery this week and hope it all goes well and that as soon as possible you can have sketchbook and pen in hand recording what’s around you in the hospital and at home as you recuperate.

    Good luck!

  5. Reply

    They are absolutely fantastic art pens, my new #1–it was love at first sketch. Lovely drawings there!

  6. Reply

    These drawings are beautiful Roz!

  7. Reply

    Thanks Cathleen, the Faber Castell Pitt Calligraphy pen is one of my favorite pens and it’s always fun to sketch dogs.

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