This spring I wanted to get back in to sketching and drawing a lot. That is something I used to do as second nature. But to start up again I knew I wanted (and needed) to get some new tooling.
It had been a long time since I really dived into the world of art supplies. While looking for India ink in the bookstore I by mistake purchased fountain pen ink (Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Schwarz). After some thought I decided to try using a fountainpen. I saw it as a better, more mobile version of a dip pen. No need to dip ;)
I ordered a TWSBI 580 Diamond from the Swedish supplier penstore.se. “Why this pen?” you might ask. Well, I knew I wanted a good filling system. I liked the demonstrator quality. It had a nib with fine size. And with those properties, it was the only pen I could find relatively affordable and readily available at the time.
I started watching the Youtube-channelse of The Goulet Pen Company and sbrebrown. I learned how to clean the pen, different types of pens and a lot more. And I started to sketch. Here are some of the results from my first time with the TWSBI 580 Diamond:
After some time I realized that the inks I were using was not fade resistant, I got deep into finding permanent inks. I also started bying other pens for different effect. But that’s for future blogpost(s).
The pen, TWSBI 580 Diamond pen maintenance.