This was such a fun sketch to do, with no real pressure of time. Approximately 30 minutes in real time. Sadly the video cut out two thirds into painting. I was so engrossed in it, I didn’t even notice until I went to edit it. So here is the final sketch below.
In this video I show you how to fill and use a water brush pen with watercolours.
There are many types out there… the ones I have used are:
My favourite is the Pentel as the bristles stay sharp for a very long period of time. In two years, I’ve probably only thrown out 2. For sketching on location in a sketchbook, they are convenient when you don’t want to use a bottle of water with a normal brush. I stash them everywhere for myself and my kids who use them with watercolours as well as those magic water books for kids.
When time is of the essence, a quick sketch with a thick pigment brush pen is a great way to document reportage-style. The varied brush strokes give it a painterly look. The permanent ink also lends itself to being washed over with watercolour at a later stage. The trick to using the Pentel Pigment Ink Brush Pen – Extra Fine is to prime it a little by squeezing the barrel to get the ink flowing and make a nice point with the bristles. It has a tendency to get dry when not in use and the bristles splay. A juicy flowing pen helps with the speed of the sketch and gives you the ability to get a very fine line with the pointed tip. Holding the pen far away from the tip creates a calligraphy-type stroke with lots of fluid and lively movement.