Dip Pen Experiments<br />
So the first step before using my nibs is apparently to hold them under a flame for a few seconds to burn off the outer coating of wax added in the production process that protects from rust. This coating stops the nib from holding ink so is an important step. I was a little worried about ruining the nib but they seem to work fine.<br />
Drawing with a dip pen is pretty slow going but towards the end of this session I felt I was loosening up and getting a better result. I like the sketchy scratchy quality that it produces and the paper I&#8217;ve got is not perfectly smooth so it would sometimes catch on the fibres in the paper and spit ink over the drawing. I guess this would be considered bad but after drawing digitally for so long I found it to be an unexpected joy. It adds a lot of character and life to the drawings. I don&#8217;t know if I would do my comics like this but I might find a project to do in this way.<br />
Here&#8217;s the results of an hour long drawing sesh. Another plus point of this was how relaxing and focused on the task I felt during the work. Perhaps because it takes a while to set up and when you&#8217;ve finished it takes some time to clean the nibs and cups etc. I think it encourages you to sit at it longer than a digital drawing. That might well increase productivity and concentration. I also felt super chilled out after I&#8217;d finished.<br />
I found a handy guide on this forum for anyone else out there wanting to have a crack at dip-pens. Next up I&#8217;ve gotta find my Windsor Newton Series 7 Sable Brush :)<br />
http://www.inkblazers.com/forum/posts/list/171.page

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Dip Pen Experiments<br />
So the first step before using my nibs is apparently to hold them under a flame for a few seconds to burn off the outer coating of wax added in the production process that protects from rust. This coating stops the nib from holding ink so is an important step. I was a little worried about ruining the nib but they seem to work fine.<br />
Drawing with a dip pen is pretty slow going but towards the end of this session I felt I was loosening up and getting a better result. I like the sketchy scratchy quality that it produces and the paper I&#8217;ve got is not perfectly smooth so it would sometimes catch on the fibres in the paper and spit ink over the drawing. I guess this would be considered bad but after drawing digitally for so long I found it to be an unexpected joy. It adds a lot of character and life to the drawings. I don&#8217;t know if I would do my comics like this but I might find a project to do in this way.<br />
Here&#8217;s the results of an hour long drawing sesh. Another plus point of this was how relaxing and focused on the task I felt during the work. Perhaps because it takes a while to set up and when you&#8217;ve finished it takes some time to clean the nibs and cups etc. I think it encourages you to sit at it longer than a digital drawing. That might well increase productivity and concentration. I also felt super chilled out after I&#8217;d finished.<br />
I found a handy guide on this forum for anyone else out there wanting to have a crack at dip-pens. Next up I&#8217;ve gotta find my Windsor Newton Series 7 Sable Brush :)<br />
http://www.inkblazers.com/forum/posts/list/171.page
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Dip Pen Experiments<br />
So the first step before using my nibs is apparently to hold them under a flame for a few seconds to burn off the outer coating of wax added in the production process that protects from rust. This coating stops the nib from holding ink so is an important step. I was a little worried about ruining the nib but they seem to work fine.<br />
Drawing with a dip pen is pretty slow going but towards the end of this session I felt I was loosening up and getting a better result. I like the sketchy scratchy quality that it produces and the paper I&#8217;ve got is not perfectly smooth so it would sometimes catch on the fibres in the paper and spit ink over the drawing. I guess this would be considered bad but after drawing digitally for so long I found it to be an unexpected joy. It adds a lot of character and life to the drawings. I don&#8217;t know if I would do my comics like this but I might find a project to do in this way.<br />
Here&#8217;s the results of an hour long drawing sesh. Another plus point of this was how relaxing and focused on the task I felt during the work. Perhaps because it takes a while to set up and when you&#8217;ve finished it takes some time to clean the nibs and cups etc. I think it encourages you to sit at it longer than a digital drawing. That might well increase productivity and concentration. I also felt super chilled out after I&#8217;d finished.<br />
I found a handy guide on this forum for anyone else out there wanting to have a crack at dip-pens. Next up I&#8217;ve gotta find my Windsor Newton Series 7 Sable Brush :)<br />
http://www.inkblazers.com/forum/posts/list/171.page
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Dip Pen Experiments<br />
So the first step before using my nibs is apparently to hold them under a flame for a few seconds to burn off the outer coating of wax added in the production process that protects from rust. This coating stops the nib from holding ink so is an important step. I was a little worried about ruining the nib but they seem to work fine.<br />
Drawing with a dip pen is pretty slow going but towards the end of this session I felt I was loosening up and getting a better result. I like the sketchy scratchy quality that it produces and the paper I&#8217;ve got is not perfectly smooth so it would sometimes catch on the fibres in the paper and spit ink over the drawing. I guess this would be considered bad but after drawing digitally for so long I found it to be an unexpected joy. It adds a lot of character and life to the drawings. I don&#8217;t know if I would do my comics like this but I might find a project to do in this way.<br />
Here&#8217;s the results of an hour long drawing sesh. Another plus point of this was how relaxing and focused on the task I felt during the work. Perhaps because it takes a while to set up and when you&#8217;ve finished it takes some time to clean the nibs and cups etc. I think it encourages you to sit at it longer than a digital drawing. That might well increase productivity and concentration. I also felt super chilled out after I&#8217;d finished.<br />
I found a handy guide on this forum for anyone else out there wanting to have a crack at dip-pens. Next up I&#8217;ve gotta find my Windsor Newton Series 7 Sable Brush :)<br />
http://www.inkblazers.com/forum/posts/list/171.page
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Dip Pen Experiments

So the first step before using my nibs is apparently to hold them under a flame for a few seconds to burn off the outer coating of wax added in the production process that protects from rust. This coating stops the nib from holding ink so is an important step. I was a little worried about ruining the nib but they seem to work fine.

Drawing with a dip pen is pretty slow going but towards the end of this session I felt I was loosening up and getting a better result. I like the sketchy scratchy quality that it produces and the paper I’ve got is not perfectly smooth so it would sometimes catch on the fibres in the paper and spit ink over the drawing. I guess this would be considered bad but after drawing digitally for so long I found it to be an unexpected joy. It adds a lot of character and life to the drawings. I don’t know if I would do my comics like this but I might find a project to do in this way.

Here’s the results of an hour long drawing sesh. Another plus point of this was how relaxing and focused on the task I felt during the work. Perhaps because it takes a while to set up and when you’ve finished it takes some time to clean the nibs and cups etc. I think it encourages you to sit at it longer than a digital drawing. That might well increase productivity and concentration. I also felt super chilled out after I’d finished.

I found a handy guide on this forum for anyone else out there wanting to have a crack at dip-pens. Next up I’ve gotta find my Windsor Newton Series 7 Sable Brush 🙂

http://www.inkblazers.com/forum/posts/list/171.page