Friday, 20 July 2007
Nib Pens, Sable Brushes and Lions. Oh my!
Somebody got new pens... I should say pens and brushes. Scott McCloud, on p 194 of Making Comics, has a little comparison between brush, fountain and fixed-width pen artists (weird how he puts computer-based on another page). This was an epiphany to me (I'm slow, okay?) but I realized that all the artists I love or who really impact me are using brushes and nib (fountain) pens. What am I doing with my micron and my markers? Don't get me wrong, I'm not about to bust out my ink bottle on the subway, but you can't chip away at marble and make claymation.
Needless to say, the above are the result. The girl on the right is a Sable nylon brush, the girl on the left is a B2, and filling in the hair, dress and the birdcage in the middle was the old fashioned nib pen (I can't remember the name... email me if you're SUPER curious). It all felt so right... and so new. Bicycle to motorcycle time!
Below is what I was doing before. I don't know, I think the inky brushes and pens seem more permanent and free up my hand. It's now or never. But maybe I'm delusional and avoiding buyer's remorse. What do you think?