The Quest for Odd Hairdos and Interesting Ears Continues…

May 27, 2015

150520_CurlyHairManLeft: Pentel Brush Pen sketch (squeezy brush pen with pigment ink) on Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper.

I haven't had much time to draw in the past couple of weeks and I'm getting a little stir crazy. So when my pen took on a little bit of a mind of its own, and my subject ceased to look like my subject, I just went with it. I focused on hair and ears, of course.

I find that sometimes the best way to "save" a drawing is to ignore the model and follow the line. This is not very useful advice, but it is a pathway to fun. That's all I have to say in my defense. 

    • Joan
    • May 27, 2015

    My question has nothing to do with today’s post. I was reading some of the archived blog posts, particularly about using a water brush with ink. I don’t quite understand how you use the ink in a waterbrush. Do you load the barrel of brush pen with ink? Load the barrel with water, then dip the brush tip into liquid ink? If you load the barrel with ink, doesn’t it foul the brush pen and tip?

    I’m a beginning sketcher at age 76, who is always willing and open to learn new things. I really enjoy your blog and all the wonderful info and tips you give so generously.

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    Joan, just for your own reference and ease, if you read an old post and want to ask a question about it you can do so right at the bottom of that post, because I receive an email notification that you have. So feel free to do that in the future instead of scrolling to the current post.

    Now as to your question about the waterbrush and ink. Yes I put the ink in the barrel of the waterbrush. Yes some inks can “foul” the waterbrush, but I use older ones at the end of their lives so I’m not so concerned. I also only fill what I know I’ll use in my sketching session (if I’m using Acrylic ink) and then rinse immediately when I get home—all parts so it’s all clean). Or I use ink like some of the Noodlers. I’ve been able to leave that in the brush for weeks without it clogging the brush.

    You can also use fluid watercolors like Hydrus liquid watercolors from Dr. Ph. Martin.

    I like the Niji waterbrush best so you have to be sure to clean it if you use acrylic ink as that can dry waterproof in the brush.

    I also use the Pentel waterbrush and in some ways it’s more accepting of all this—it doesn’t have a regulator cap on the barrel so there seems to be less problems with inks clogging it.

    Next time one of your waterbrushes gets a little worn and you’re up for an experiment, give it a go.

    And congratulations for taking up sketching at 76! Keep going. And thank you for reading the blog.

    • Joan
    • May 27, 2015

    Thanks heaps. Roz..Now I get it. :>)

    I’m an avid bird watcher, traveled all over to add birds to my life lists. Can’t leave my husband alone now so restricted to local bird hotspots of which there are are quite a few, thank Dog!

    I’m a life long student, especially of history, natural world, family history, an avid reader. Like to keep the old brain greased.

    Have a grand day/evening.

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