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A Little Brush Pen Fun

February 3, 2016

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Above: Pentel Brush Pen Sketch in a 9 x 12 inch journal I'm testing (full review to come; but really like how it loves the brush pen. If only the paper were slightly thicker it would be perfect, sigh). And a quotation by Kate Atkinson.

I really love the brush pen. Particularly the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen or the Pentel Brush Pen with pigment ink and the squeezy barrel. (It’s the brush labeled “C” in the first image of this linked post.)

If I have a hectic day, a weird day, a frustrating day, a happy day, I pick up the brush pen and sketch anything, sometimes just a pepper from the fridge. I feel immediately calm and happier. And if I am already happy I feel down right euphoric.

Of course it helps if I’m sketching dogs or birds.

160111_Flex_B_goldenRetInvCrLeft: Inverted version of the dog sketch. Click on the image to view an enlargement and see the strokes.

When I was saving this scan I hit “invert” by mistake and I liked the way it looked, so I’m showing you that here too. The lines actually become a bit clearer and you can see how they overlap.

Sometimes technology, especially at the end of a long day, especially when it is supposed to save us time and often takes longer than promised, and always even though it is a huge part of my daily job, just surprises me with a bit of fun.

Here’s an inverted view of a sketch I did of Michael Kitchen.

And here’s another fun one I did of Chef Stefan Richter from “Top Chef.”

Even for me it’s not always just about the paper.

But it is almost always about the hair, the nose, and the ears.

Pick up a brush pen and improve your attitude.

    • SusanLily
    • February 3, 2016
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    Love the eyebrows on this guy (or girl)! Sometimes when a sketch isn’t feeling right to me, I’ll scan it and convert it to black and white. Very often, a problem with values will jump out at me. I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone, but it’s so much easier for me to see values in black and white.

    • Tina
    • February 3, 2016
    Reply

    Brush pen: a mood-enhancing drug! 😉 It’s my favorite drug, too!

    – Tina

  1. Reply

    I’m never more than 4 feet away from a PPBP. No matter where I go in the house It’s a small house, but still.

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