What’s my line?Posted: December 1, 2014
Do you have a favourite pen? One that feels like it was made for your hand, for your way of drawing, for the types of lines you want to make. I don’t. I have given my Lamy Safari (a favourite of many sketchers I know) plenty of chances to perform, but for me the nib on that pen is just not flexible enough. I’ve also used many different weights of Micron pens, especially the 005 but the nibs wear out way too quickly, even before the ink runs out. Sharpies are a little too fat. Pitt pens are too stiff.
Yesterday during a clean up of my studio, I spent a bit of time refilling pens and in the back of a drawer discovered the Tradio Stylo by Pentel, a pen I’ve only used once before. It ended up in my bag, followed me to school today, and made an appearance while I was drawing on a break. I’ve been looking for something that has a line that can go from thick to thin, depending on the pressure, and I think this one fits the bill. I tried it while drawing the girl (on her phone) and the boy (on his phone) and I love the flexibility of the angled nib. As you can see, the ink it comes with is water-soluble and very black, and I can get a more expressive line with it than with the stiffer nib on the Safari.
To fully put it to the test I stopped on my way home from school and did a little drawing of the church and presbytery in Pointe Claire. I was using cheap sketchbook paper but I was able to draw right on top of the wash areas after they dried. For me, this pen is a winner. So what’s your line?