I am always amazed at the different line qualities different pens give the same hand. And how even the same pen dried out will render results so different from the first use of a non-refillable pen, or any tool that gets worn.
In this page spread I warmed up with a sketch from one of @Earthworld’s fair photos, using a Tombow Fudenosuke pen.
But then I switched off to a very dried out Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen FB (fine brush). It was so dry by this time you can see the wear of the tip in the lines when you look at the enlargement. And the overall ink level ends up looking almost like graphite.
All of this is of course self evident, until it isn’t. A student asked me the other day about shifts in line quality when using larger tools like the various crayons and pastels available.
That student hasn’t experimented enough yet to see what the differences can be.
A change in tool often requires a change in pressure, a change in scale, and a rethinking about which details will now be possible to capture.
Such adjustments keep us agile.
As you start the week, put your favorite tool aside and spend your drawing time with a tool that is much bolder or much finer. Think about what your scale needs to be if you want to keep your typical amount of detail; or decide how you’re going to simplify.
Think of it as “opposite” week, and enjoy the discoveries.