Fountain Pen Sketching: 4 Tips And Tricks For Beginners

Have you ever wanted to start sketching with a fountain pen? You’ve probably heard it’s a difficult technique to master, but really, it’s not that tough. With the right tools and some practice, you can be sketching like a pro in no time.

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get started:

Pick A Good Fountain Pen

If you’re a beginner at sketching and want to learn, there’s no better place to start than with a fountain pen and some ink. The fountain pen has been around for years and is still one of the best ways to write letters and notes for yourself or for others.

You may think that writing with it is difficult at first, but pens like Sailor pens are easy to use. They have a fluid ink flow and glide easily across a page. You can use them for years and not have any problems with them, which makes them ideal for sketching, especially if you’re a novice.

The fountain pen is the most traditional way of writing with a pen, but it has many advantages over ballpoint pens and gel pens and here are some of them:

  • Fountain pens are more comfortable to write with because they don’t have a hard tip like ballpoint pens do. And as mentioned, they have a soft tip that glides smoothly on paper because of its water-based ink. This also allows you to write at any angle without getting blots on your paper or making indentations, resulting from pressing too hard on the page.
  • Most fountain pens are eco-friendlier than ballpoint pens because they use refillable cartridges instead of disposable ones that you can only use once before throwing them away.
  • They produce bolder lines than ballpoint pens and beautiful shading effects when used with different types of inks and nibs designed for shading or calligraphy purposes.

 

Find The Right Paper

When starting out, it’s important to have the right supplies. This includes your sketching paper, which will make or break your sketches. The wrong sketching paper can make any artist lose interest in their art. The right one can inspire them to continue drawing. Here are some things to consider when choosing sketching paper:

  • Size: Sketching papers come in different sizes and shapes. If you’re new to the field and don’t know what size works best for you, choose one with a small square shape. This will give you room for error and make the process easier for you since you’re still learning how to sketch life models or landscapes around you.
  • Weight: Another factor in choosing sketching paper is its weight or thickness. Thicker paper takes longer to dry than thinner papers do. So, if you want something lightweight that dries quickly, go for something thin like watercolor paper. On the other hand, if you’re going for a more permanent result, use heavier-weight papers like Bristol board because they won’t buckle as quickly as thinner papers when wet with water or ink.

 

Keep A Few Nibs Handy

If you’re a beginner at sketching, you should keep a few nibs handy for your fountain pen. They’re the most common tool used by artists. The nib is made from metal and has a pointed end that can be sharpened to a point or flat. It can be used for various purposes, including shading and line work.

There are several different types of nibs available, including:

  • Round Nib: This is an all-purpose drawing tool which has a rounded tip that produces smooth lines. You can use it to create contours in your drawings or to shade large areas of the picture.
  • Chisel Nib: This type of nib has an angular shape that makes it ideal for shading small areas, such as eyes and lips on portraits or other images with small details, such as animals or flowers.
  • Flat Nib: This type of nib is also called a ‘pointed round’ nib because it’s shaped like a round nib but with one flat side. You can use it for shading larger areas like backgrounds or skies in landscape drawings.
  • Brush Nib: A brush nib looks like an ordinary brush except that it has no bristles but instead has tines made from metal wire that produce varying degrees of line width, depending on how much pressure you put on it.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking to get started in fountain pen sketching, don’t be afraid to experiment. The best way to learn is simply by doing it, so don’t be shy about starting small and working your way up. And remember that if it’s not working out, that’s okay. It’s all part of the learning process, and you’ll get better with each attempt.

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Ann Fitz is a content writer who specializes in topics such as art, lifestyle, DIY projects, and home renovation. When she’s not writing at her favorite coffee shop, she likes to swim, see art galleries, and even work on her own DIY projects. Collie and Chester are her two canine companions.

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