Art: Drawings and Beyond, Food For Thought

My Little Black Pen

Have you heard about the little black dress? It has been a staple in most closets since the 1920s. One of the best versatile pieces in a wardrobe that you can dress up or down given what you need for the occasion. It’s simple and yet can be the base for many great outfits.

In my art bin, I have my own little black dress. To be more exact, it’s a little black pen. This is the one I always turn to when I need to do anything. Whether that’s just creating a sketch or doing the ink for a big drawing. In other words, it’s the most versatile piece in my collection.

When I first got into drawing, I didn’t really understand that a good pen would be that big of a deal. If I remember correctly, the first time I saw this pen was from my friend who loved drawing. She talked it up big, explained how great it was, but at the time I had brushed it off because I was focusing on schoolwork.

A few years later, about when I started this blog, I finally decided to take her advice, and picked this from the campus store. I tried a variety of pens after that, but this one kept coming back to me as my favorite, the Faber-Castell PITT artist pen.

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Prepping on drawing an Inktober post.

So What Makes This One Different?

This pen lasts a long time for the size that it is, and has shown me time and again smooth inking. Of course, that also depends on the paper I used, which is still something I’m testing out.

Other pens have dried up on me after one or two pieces, and if you’ve followed my Inktober shenanigans, this one pen has been used for all of them this month. And it’s still going. I have noticed that the paper in my sketch book is a little too rough for what I prefer, but since I’m using it for practice instead of making prints, I don’t mind. 🙂

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Do you have a “Little Black Dress” in the tools of your trade? What makes it your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

As always, thank you for reading my ramblings. 🙂

Have a great day!