For about a month, I’ve been enjoying tooling around with brush pens. I just used on to do the sketch above this afternoon – I liked it and I figure I’d post a few more new ones below, while I am on this new kick. Beginnings of my brush-pen-period? or just a passing fad?
I’ve had brush pens now and then for a long time and I would get one and play around for two days with it, then banish it to one of cans I keep writing/drawing implements in. My friends would bring me good ones from Japan, I tooled around a bit but they never quite caught on.
One of my favorite comic book artists – Craig Thompson – uses a brush pen. His drawings are insanely beautiful. He can really draw, write… invent, observe. Seeing his stuff got me thinking just a bit about picking up a brush pen more often.
Then, in early May 2012, I took a vacation and did a lot of sketching… and I brought along a brush pen. It’s a Prismacolor premier brush – which I grabbed at an art supply store when I was stocking up some art supplies to take with me.
I did this drawing of a passenger on the Amtrak bus:
Then, after doing a lot of non-brush painstaking excessively-detailed sketching of the Los Osos Oaks, I realized the brush pen would be great for drawing their massive trunks. I did a bunch of big sketches of oak trunks there, here’s one:
Since then, when I returned to L.A., I picked back up the nice refillable brush pen my friends Yuki and Federico brought me from Japan… and I’ve been whizzing through my sketchbook using it. And I think some of the brush-pen drawings are good. Earlier I posted a couple tree drawings.
Here’s a page I did on the Metro Blue Line train:
and a sketch I did of the handlebars of my bicycle:
I started the bike handlebars one while waiting for a Metro Orange Line bus. I liked the way it was turning out, so I let a few buses go by to keep working on the drawing. I did darken it some when I got home that night.
A brush pen certainly allows me to work faster and bigger – to put a lot more ink down (not always a great thing) – especially compared to my default sketching pen: the Uniball Vision micro. It’s funny, when my brush pen drawings are turning out halfway well, I think that they look like Craig Thompson’s style – just a little. Both the handlebars and the Metro riders look to me somewhat Thompson-esque. It’s funny how the media can influence the style of the drawing. I draw differently with a Rapidograph pen, a Uniball Vision pen, a pencil, a quill pen, etc.
I haven’t yet gotten to a point where I feel like I can write well with the brush pen. Better for drawing than for lettering, for me for now.
What do you think?