Fun day teaching yesterday. The three hour cartooning class focused on ink. Real ink, not digital. Everyone got some experience with steel nibs, good old India ink, and a bit of brushwork.

One of the students asked if it was okay for a beginner to use a fine tip fountain pen. And that led to a discussion on the differences between a fixed fine point and a more flexible nib that allows width variation. But, of course, an experienced artist can and will make do with whatever’s available – be it crayon, magic marker, or some stale coffee.

Just to demonstrate the point that there’s no need to fret if all once has is a fine point fountain pen or a ball point pen, I made a quick sketch comprised entirely of fixed width strokes. Lots and lots of strokes. No shortage of contrast and gray values here!

What do you think?


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