5.29.2009

Sketchbook, brush pen

I've been finally back to sketching as much as I can, lately. My buddies at work are inspiring and motivating in this avenue, so I'm trying to keep focused. I'm trying to keep my facebook album for "daily sketches" at least updated weekly.





I recently purchased a Pentel Pocket brush pen which has a great sumi-style brush with replacement ink capsules, so you just have to keep buying ink. The ink is pure India ink and flows wonderfully.




My friends jokingly call it the "Hanzo" (as in Hatori Hanzo) for its master-samurai-blade-like qualities and cutting lines on the paper. It can also be pushed heavily on the page to create wonderful bits of chaos. Below are some drawings I've done with the Hanzo, with a detail from one of the sketches. The people are drawn from a great photo book called "Nylon Streets", similar to the line of "Fruits" books, but a bit more anchored to realistic-looking clothes in the US and Europe.







detail

18 comments:

Art Fan Ako said...

Beautiful work! Great for us blogviewers that you make good use of that magic pen!

Dan Pinto said...

These look great, Joe!

There's a trick you can do with that Brush Pen. You refill the little cartridge with Rapidograph ink and it works just as well. It's a bit messy but, it saves money.

Moyse said...

These are beautiful Joe, I've got the same pen, you inspire me to have another go with it!

Randy Delgado said...

looks niiice..where did you get it?

afalchi said...

Very nice brush pen, and very nice sketchs !
nicejob, Joe.
ceers, Ale.

M.M.E. said...

That is so cool! I've always wanted to try the brush pens. I'm too rigid in my pen use though. Way too anal.

Marion said...

These are great sketches Joe!I simply love b&w stuff,its so beautifĂșl IMO, there are so many gradients, so many choices to make. It has a kind of sensitivity that many people aren't aware of unfortunately.

Damion009 said...

nice to see someone using the brush pen! and you do it so well! love the book drawing...

B! said...

awesome work, post more!!

Will Appledorn said...

Great stuff as always!

makes me want to draw.

Brad said...

beautiful sketches!! the pocket brush pen changed my life!!!

Scott said...

Great lines! Hope you don't mind me saying, but this work is like a throw back to those 1950's illustrations. Very stylish.

Cartoon Slinger said...

Man, Your work is awesome, whether you're working live, or photoshop, or just sketching with a brush pen. KEEP IT UP!!

JP said...

OOOh. Got to get me a Hanzo. Great sketches, Joe!

Everybody's gotta be in a Gang said...

Great ones, Joe. I love that pen; I've been using it for years to do my live stuff.
Good to see you at MoCCA.

Nate said...

Them some purdy sketches there, nice

Whitney Pollett said...

This pen is incredible!! But the pen hardly makes the artist! Your work is awesome with or without the Hanzo! HAhaha
With that said, I'm going to buy one asap! ;D

Chris Wahl said...

Yeah, I recently got a couple of those pens as well. Love 'em.

Great sketches too, Joe.