Friday, June 4, 2010

Sketchy tabletop

Here's what I did for the Behind the Scenes Impromptu challenge..."elliptical fun". Carrie Holst told me about this very cool sketch pen that lots of sketchers apparently know about. It is called an "Elegant Writer". When you add water to your work it bleeds easily and lends an appealing slate blue color wash in whatever intensity you determine. I might add some more detail later. Here's the reference photo.

Q.! Do you have a favorite sketch pen ...what is it?

Pen sketch: Celeste Bergin, Bus this table!, pen on paper 6 x 9.


PAMO said...

Fantastic!! Love that pen effect!

DJ said...

Whee~ Love your washes and the S&P shakers really make the composition.
My fave is the Uniball Signo 207. I like that it doesn't bleed when I use watercolors over it, so I've been looking for a good alternate when I want to play with ink washes.
Thanks for the tip~

AutumnLeaves said...

Celeste, this is so lovely! I loved the composition when I saw the original photo and had some fun playing with it in the "effects" section of photobucket (which I use sometimes to help me better see the important lines) before painting it. I absolutely love the ink wash effect and am intrigued by the pens!

Kathy said...

Nice sketch! In the 60's I used to sketch with a pen that I dipped into India Ink. Later, I moved on to Rapidographs. These days, I just pick up a Sharpie.

Caio Fernandes said...

i think it is beautiful !!

Dean H. said...

I've been using Tombow Pen plus Faber Castle Pitt Pen. The Tombow interacts with water for a wash effect. The waterproof Pitt pens are great for acrylic and watercolor ink line work.
Always gotta try something new...I'll check out the Elegant Writer.
Love your ellipse drawing.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Great sketch! When the ellipses are right, everything lays down the way it's supposed to. Nicely done.

I looked for the Elegant Writer before I left town, but couldn't find it. I'll keep looking. Nice effect!

Carrie H. said...

The elegant writer is like a sharpie but the writing tip is like a calligraphy nip: It's in with calligraphy felt tip pens. I saw it on Myrna Wacknov's blog a couple years back.

Celeste your drawing looks great and of course yours is finished by the due date!

Nancie Johnson said...

Love the lines in this work, and the added washes just makes it better. I use to use Rapidographs - old days. Now I use an assortment of pens. I think I'll look for this one, thanks!