Wednesday, June 8, 2016


So pumped to find this pen, the finest ballpoint I've seen yet, coming in at .28, called the "uni-ball Signo."

It rips with such a rich and beautiful line, just love it for sketching. The only downsides are it's not a click pen, so it's mildly annoying having to keep track of the cap, which is admittedly not too bad; and secondly, as I later discovered, more troubling is that this supreme ink has a tendency to smudge a touch even days after drying, which is a just a bit dismaying since I keep this pocket sketchbook in my pocket, where the sheets of paper tend to press into each can see some light smearing even here in this fresh photo...

Still a lovely pen, and virtually ideal for traditional sketchbooks not being pocketed around, just have to make sure not to land hands on your lines during the drawing, but that's what guard paper and planning is for.



Lana Slaybell said...

I really wanna try hatching. I tried earlier, but I ended up making the hatches into a beard. Haha.

Reuxben said...

Funnily enough, I keep hearing I should get away from hatching on finished work, but I love it and this pen in particular just makes you want to dig in deep. I have to consciously tell myself not to hatch!

By the way, one of the most helpful tips I ever learned that I wish I'd learned earlier was that when hatching, you should strive to hatch in the direction of the given surface's curvature. This plus more universal hatching really helps define subtler shapes like faces, something I tested out on Howl, my May 16, 2016 post.

Also, rough textures like beards are indeed a great idea to practice on, since they can be more forgiving and free-flowing. And although I only draw in pen for these sketches, it is definitely helpful to start with pencil, iron things out, then ink it.

Anyway, hope you give hatching another go some time, and hope to check out some more of your stuff. I see you posted another drawing--looks wonderful!