Thanks to everyone who’s reading my blog and checking out my website AJMayArt.co uk, it’s inspiring, and helps me with ideas. A friend mentioned that she has no idea what Rotring Pens are, a very good point. So, I thought what a great idea for my first “proper” blog, so here goes….
Rotring are a brand producing drawing products. (www.rotring.com) The company are renowned particularly for their pens and pencils, generally used for graphic and architectural drawing. I use the isograph pens. These come apart, have a separate re fillable cartridge (which means I can use any colour ink I like) and most importantly have the smallest nibs I have managed to find for any pen anywhere in the world.
The nibs come in several sizes, but the smallest is 0.10 mm in diameter, about the size of a human hair. They are extremely fragile, and if not looked after (which is something I am rubbish at) bend, get blocked with dry ink and refuse to work at all. At around £25 a pen, this can be quite an expensive process.
I started using Rotring Pens when I began fine line drawings. I worked for a countryside volunteer group, which had a quarterly magazine. Produced on a shoe string any illustrations had to be black and white for decent print quality. My first drawing for the magazine was a Speckled Wood butterfly, due to the lack of tech back then (yep I am that old) it was easier to draw to scale so I had to produce a small picture, with as much detail as possible. That’s were my frustration began, I found the nib size of standard drawing pens weren’t small enough to capture the detail I was after. With a bit of research, I discovered Rotring Pens and never looked back.
Although I love the purity of drawing in black and white, over the years I have also come to use colour. My Attingham Oak picture was done entirely with a Rotring Pen and Acrylic Inks, (destroyed 3 pens entirely with this picture as the pens are not designed to use Acrylic Ink, once it dries that’s it, so lots of ruined nibs!) I use Acrylic Ink because it gives me greater colour choice, and being non-water soluble if I want to wash over the drawing I can without it smudging. It does risk wrecking the pens but I think it’s worth it!
Attingham Oak was a total experiment. These days I tend to use pen work alongside ink washes and painting with brushes for my colour pieces as I think it gives the picture more depth and vibrancy.
But that’s just my opinion, I’d love to know what you think!
Hope this helps Jen x