Playing with my favourite pen and subject

Claudia Nice is the first artist that inspired me try working with pen and ink with several books, including Drawing in Pen and Ink. I like to engage fully with what I’m doing and ink requires a level of commitment that appeals to my nature. I like detail and I enjoy how tight and clear I can get with ink. Which is probably why it is a common medium for scientific illustrators, especially botanical. But pen and ink can also be very flexible. True, you can’t rub it out once its on the page, but that doesn’t matter if you’re sketching loose drawings for practice or wanting to capture the shape of a species of tree. Ink also plays nice with a lot of other mediums, especially watercolour. Claudia Nice has also written many books on creating texture with pen and ink, and watercolour.

European silver fir – Abies Alba

The Lamy Joy, pictured above, is my favourite tool for sketching in pen and ink. The nib glides smoothly across the paper, depositing ink evenly and the tapered style feels good in the hand. I use fountain pens for 80% of the inked artwork I create. I use an ink converter, with De Atramentis Archival black ink. I have had no problems with it drying it our clogging the pen.

  5 comments for “Playing with my favourite pen and subject

  1. October 4, 2020 at 3:32 am

    I love the Lamy Joy so much for sketching 😍 I use it with an extra fine nib and converter & Lamy ink
    Beautiful drawing!


    • October 4, 2020 at 9:42 am

      Thank you. I also use the extra fine nib. I find it’s not as fine as Pilot nibs, but I just love the two Lamy pens I have – the other is an AL-Star which I mainly use for writing.


      • October 4, 2020 at 12:01 pm

        Never used Pilot but I read somewhere that asian brands often have finer nibs – I assume it’s because it really helps to write the sometimes very detailed complex characters.
        I also have a clear TWSBI which has a fantastic extrafine nib but I don’t want to mess it up with black ink, so that one is my pen for writing 😁

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      • October 4, 2020 at 3:20 pm

        I’ve always wanted to try TWSBI. Which model do you have?


      • October 5, 2020 at 4:14 am

        I have the Diamond Mini 😍 a little more on the expensive side but it makes me so happy 😁

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