Pen drawing

Pen drawing Has proven itself as a versatile art medium for professional artists as well as for simple drawings. Their low cost, availability and simple portability make this common writing tool an alternative and convenient artistic means. They are great for mix media projects and integrate great with other drawing and painting media. Who among us has not found himself in the middle of a phone call, meeting or lecture with a pen in hand scribbling spontaneous drawings and even enjoying it. There are a variety of techniques in pen drawing that can provide surprising artistic expression and are definitely worth getting to know.

Pen drawing

Facts and Features of Pens

  • Pens are a means of drawing on a base ink Which are suitable for use on paper mainly and come in different types and thicknesses.
  • Pens are in prominent artistic use by illustrators and designers. Pen drawings can also be found in well-known painters and sculptors such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore and others.
  • The initial shape of the pen was a feather dipped in ink, since many other types of pens have been developed and invented:
    • עט נובע - Nail holder and ink cartridge, invented in the USA in the late 19th century.
    •  ballpoint pen - having a tiny steel ball at its tip, gained popularity towards the middle of the 20th century. The small ball is inside a metal cone to which a tube containing ink is attached. The ball moves freely and as a result of its friction on the paper it rotates and spreads a layer of ink.
    • Gel pen - Invented by a Japanese company "Sakura" in the 80s of the 20th century, the same company was also the one who invented the gel gel itself which is an opaque and thick ink. It appears more clearly on dark paper and many gel gels come in light or luminous (fluorescent) shades.
    • Graphic pen - Used by engineers or architects to draw lines of fixed width for architectural, engineering or technical drawings. Also useful among illustrators and designers.
    • Pen alone Colored pens that can be seen as a kind of Markers With a very thin tip.

Emotional dimension and personal expression that allows registration in pens

The pens allow for a line drawing that reflects the creator's feelings: a flowing, fragmented, rigid, running line. Combining breathing exercises can be helpful for controlling the line and expressing emotions. The pens require repetition and fluency of hand movement and make it possible to work on the rejection of gratifications, concentration and inner harmony. The pens require patience and perseverance in creating nets for the illusion of volume and depth. Even if there is no image in the head, the pen drawing offers a rhythmic and repetitive work that brings with it inner concentration and a kind of meditation, such a process opens a window to give consciousness and from there images begin to emerge from the drawing of the paper.

Ink drawing - equipment and related materials

  • Registration paper - Almost any type of paper will be suitable for drawing in pens, the recommended formats are A6, A5, A4. It is recommended to combine papers in different shades and colors, for example black paper for gel pens.
  • Graphite pencils Ink is a very unforgiving medium. Once you make a mistake, the best you can do is try to cover it up by incorporating the mistake in the drawing. In the worst case, you will have to start over. Therefore a pencil is useful for creating a fine sketch, it is important not to put pressure on the pencil.

Tips and tricks for the process of working with pens

  •  Pens that are permanent and insoluble in water can be combined with watercolor painting, as a basis for drawing in pens or for painting above.
  • The pens are mainly used for drawing lines. If you want to create a stain or illusion of volume, do so by creating grids of lines or lots of dots. A denser mesh will create a darker stain.

Pen drawing

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