I Liked Dried Out Pen Lines

September 16, 2022

Here’s another of my Fair Goer sketchers from a photo Earth’s World captured at a West Coast Fair. (See #earthsworld, @earthsworld on Instagram and Flicker; Earth permits artists to use the photos as sketching reference with attribution!) 

I was using a very dried out pen. I have replaced it since then (May) of course, and run 3 more pens at least dry.

I’m still lazy about getting up and going to another room to get a fresh pen. I like the dried out lines.

I keep promising myself that I will get up and get new pen next time.

We’ll see. I just like to keep sketching.



    • Paul
    • September 16, 2022

    Dried out (grey) pens are perfect for the softer female portrait form shadows and lines👍 . Lovely rendering here👍👍.

    1. Reply

      Yep, I don’t draw many portraits of women, but I agree dried out grey pens are definitely useful there! Thanks for the kind feedback.I do wish I would get up and get a fresh pen now and then though!

    • Tina Koyama
    • September 17, 2022

    It has an almost graphite look and still has enough ink to build some value, just like a pencil.

    1. Reply

      Yes, it does. Sometimes I look at a drawing scan and can’t tell it’s ink until I look a little closer. (Original journals are still all in storage.) But the one I was using on this day wasn’t even able of building much value. I just have to get up and go to the cupboard for a new pen!

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