Documenting the faces and frippery
of the coffee crowd.
I've been admiring your brush pen drawings for some time now. They're truly impressive. I have a quick technical question: how do you get those *thin* drybrush line effects in some of your drawings? I am able to get a dry brush effect by slanting the brush, using it at a low angle to the surface, and making the mark at a greater speed, -- but with the low angle I can only get a *broad* drybrush-like line...
Brenno! Thanks for the comment. I will do a post on this later today with photos, but the simple answer is, it's the brush, which is on a cheapo brushpen called a Muji. The lines I think you're referring to are my super-fine ones, right? I just feather with the very tippy-tip of the brush. A single line done over and over. This brushpen comes from Japan, but I mail order them from their stores in England. They run a chain of stores under this same Muji name: it's a kind of urban hipster, one-stop place that carries clothing/stationary/household accessories. I'll post more with links later today.Glad you like the drawings!
Thanks for the reply, Davis! I'm looking forward to the post with photos!I was referring to the variety of drybrush-like lines you are able to achieve, especially when they are super-fine AND drybrush-like all in one. I've quickly looked for an example among your drawings and found this one: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-rTKP4ZKrapA/TYvhAyZdD2I/AAAAAAAABCI/8Vwe0ikl7-U/s1600/12_09_10_03_a.jpg . See the thin, drybrush-like lines that make up the half-tone/beard-stub effect on the jaw of the character in the middle? Or the lighter lines of a similar quality making up the half-tone on the right hand of the same character, between his fingers and his sleeve? Here is another example: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gvlDSXj6Ndc/ToofPtm7f1I/AAAAAAAABNQ/C8G3WPRRba0/s1600/09_24_11_A.jpgThe gradation of tones you are able to achieve with the brush is mind-blowing here, on his shirt, trousers, and bag.One more example, the half-tone on this tree trunk: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VfwoI1pqVLQ/TjY2bMH3vdI/AAAAAAAABKM/cT56rP0bLR8/s1600/07_31_11_A.jpg .There are many other examples, but I think these give a good idea :)
Brenno! It has taken a little longer than I'd hoped, but I've put up a few posts addressing your questions. I hope you find 'em useful! Give us a link to your work!Word,Marty, a.k.a. Davis Chino
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