Kuretake No. 40 Brush Pen

10 May, 2016. I’ve been carrying around a Kuretake No. 40 brush pen for the past few days, actively looking for the opportunity to try it out for sketching. Probably not the best idea to do so as the semester is winding down, but what the hell!

Here are a few of my initial reactions:

Keep the main subject larger on the page than I might normally draw with my Lamy Safari fountain pen. There’s a real advantage to using this brush pen when the active sketcher works large enough to see a pronounced contrast and variety of line weights.

Encourage the dry brush effect! Combined with the dark, crisp lines, I think there are all sorts of possibilities when the active sketcher works fast with this brush pen. The marks take on a gray tonality in places, incomplete in others. This may be a product of using a sable brush point rather than something synthetic – regardless, this aesthetic appeals to me.

Keep the line work loose – this is not the right tool for preciously drawn hatching, but scribbling tends to look good when fast strokes can out nicely grayscaled dry brush-type effects. Much as happened with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, as I grow more comfortable with the drawing instrument the lines themselves become more confident looking and energetic. (All sketches with Kuretake No. 40 sable brush pen, approximately 5 x 7 inch page size.)


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