werwolving replied to your photoset “Hadn’t been to a figure drawing session in months and had the itch, so…”
ooh what did you use for the inking? that stuff looks amazing!
Pentel brush pen! They’re refillable, but the ink that comes in them is pretty great for washes—very drippy and pliable.
Hadn’t been to a figure drawing session in months and had the itch, so I sort of went on a rampage this past week and did two of them. Tuesday at the Society of Illustrators (live jazz!), and then Sunday at Dr. Sketchy’s (circusy burlesque performances!).
Quick one and two-minute poses always got on my nerves during school because they just felt like wasting paper, but now I just draw them all on top of each other and find it both useful for warming up and soothing, in a destructive kind of way.
Today’s Fart of Style hangs out in matching dresses. Where are you going? Where did you come from? Is this some kind of Twin Peaks reference? (x)
ocicatsy said: If you want an ink that's waterproof, Noodler's Waterproof (also called "bulletproof") ink is pretty close. It can leave a faint halo if you get it wet, but isn't noticeable if you're painting colors on top of it. I've been using it in brush pens.
Oh hey, I’ve seen your gay space android comic! It’s adorable.
And thanks—Speedball has been my usual for waterproof inking but sometimes its high viscosity is annoying with dip pens so I’ll probably give Noodler’s a shot.
Couldn’t find any moderately-comprehensive visual comparisons of different ink brands in use, so I’ve made one. To be updated as I continue to bury myself in bottles of ink I don’t want in my quest for the One Ink to Rule Them All, and feel free to tack on your own research to this post.
01. Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Ink. Beads around the edges, original line wears away a little with water. Tends to “flower” where there’s a lot of pigment.
02. Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Fine Art Watercolor, 11H Carbon Black. The name of this is misleading as hell, it hardly even reacts to water. Tends to erode a little if you erase on top of dried lines, but it flows all right.
03. Higgins Non-Waterproof, Black. Pretty nice if you want to be able to create washes while still maintaining your original linework. Tends to bead a little at the edges of the wash, if you’re into that.
04. Winsor & Newton Liquid Indian Ink, Non-Waterproof. Washes without enthusiasm while the original line fades and grains a little bit. Smells pretty foul.
05. Private Reserve Ink, Velvet Black. Do you want drama? You probably want this. It bleeds with a noticeable reddish tone but dries to a more subdued violet-grey, with some greenish/yellowish patches.
06. I still don’t know what this is, but its closest relative is by far the Private Reserve. Cooler tones and maybe with slightly less pigment, which makes the wash a little lighter and easily-controlled. Dries with some greenish and purplish patches. Still open to suggestions.
07. Pen & Ink (that’s the name of the brand) No-Shellac India Ink. Greyish out of the bottle. Mehhhh.
Updated the water-soluble ink test page with new blood at the top (W&N Calligraphy Ink) and bottom (P&I No-Shellac). Still have no idea what #6 is. My heart will pine for you forever, Mystery Ink.