Yes. I said it! I will compare the brush and the brush-pen using ink. There are better comparisons from experienced artists, I’m sure, but I had to do it on my own.
A good friend of mine was kind enough to lend me the image of a beautiful drawing she had created some time ago. I had told her I would like to ink it. She agreed, and now I don’t offend her! The original is beautiful.
I created a blue-line image to print and ink. Here they are, side by side. To the left, version one, inked with brush-pen/india-ink. I used a couple of micron-like pens that came with the set (PITT brush-pen 8, Faber Castel). To the right, inked with #3 and #5 brushes (no name), and “Pelican” calligraphy ink.
It was obvious how much easier I could control the brush-pen. I suppose it is only natural to take to it. I still need practice (jittery and blobby), but I feel more confident with the brush-pen. The brush, on the other hand, forces you to deal with a dynamic tip more than a brush-pen. Dealing with ink flow, and loading, is a sort of “dance”. I didn’t even re-water my brush, and it slowly got gunky, and wouldn’t hold as much ink. I was so into trying to get an easy/clean line, that I didn’t even pay attention to that. I would later find out about it talking with Ted Seko (Thanks Ted!).
I didn’t get to do digital clean up. You’ll notice there are still blue-line marks all over the place. Someone actually liked seeing those the last time I tried this. And of course, something has to be said about hair. Why is it the one first thing I’m concentrating on while I discover what I can do with ink? Can someone answer that? There must be other “memes” in inking like that one. I was lured by the “shine” of “inked” hair! I should get a book on inking.
Thanks for visiting. If you have any thoughts on this, please feel free to comment. I really appreciate your visits. Have a great art day/night.