My fascination with pen and ink goes way beyond addiction to art supplies.
Not that I can’t be pulled in that direction.
I have used mostly acrylics for my 30 years painting as an adult.
I loved them, and love the way I can create textures and layers and
they dry fast so I can continue to work all day with no breaks.
However, unless you like paying a lot for little itty bitty tubes, or buy cheaper acrylics
(and I have learned my lesson there) they take up a LOT of space.
Moving to Portland nixed my ability to have that kind of space, as our studio
requires us to move things around to accommodate the work that pays the bills.
So I stopped painting for several years.
Then I picked up watercolors because I craved visual creativity.
The watercolors led to pen and ink.
Took me back to my young architectural self, but older and freer,
and certainly uncaring about what “they” all thought and judged.
Took me back to my love of drawing, and that love is what led me to
quitting architecture altogether — I hate what computers have done to the craft.
I don’t mind them for working drawings (what good is drawing the same core a dozen times in a high rise or drawing the same door jamb everywhere) but I believe that the average architect is less creative now. They don’t pick up pen and paper, doodle and think creatively, and they have lost something, becoming so mundane and boring that I barely look at a new building anymore unless it is in disgust. And I look at creative architects whose work I am not found of with admiration because at least there is a dialogue happening between artist-architect — the DESIGNER — and the built environment.
But I digress. I have wandered back into pen and ink with a new love of colored inks and linework. Watercolors are the sideshow for the drawings, and they are a creative meditation. I can de-stress by turning around at my studio desk and picking up the same Pentallic HB pencil I used years ago and begin a layout. I can get lost in the thin lines of the Platinum Carbon pen. I admit to loving not having to clean and fuss with the Rapidograph pens, though I pulled mine out and may pick up some new ink.
I give thanks. Thanks for the Japanese designers and German designers and
anyone who has made these amazing improvements in inexpensive pens!
Finally, a quickie review.
If tomorrow I could only take three writing instruments with me to where-ever,
I would take the Pentalic HB woodless pencil, a Platinum Carbon pen, and
a .5 Preppie pen. No fuss, no muss, they work even if left alone for a week.
Moleskin 8×11 watercolor journal, Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
De Artramentis Document and Super5 ink.
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