Friday, August 30, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Drawings with the folded pen nib in a parallel pen

Folded pen nib in a parallel pen

I like the lines a folded pen produces. So I was wondering if it was possible to have that same nib for a parallel pen. I didn't want to grind down my precious parallel pen nib so I got a aluminium tin can and made a folded pen nib from it. For the back end, I measured and fashioned it according to the same dimensions of the original pen nib. I wore rubber gloves and cut it with heavy duty scissors. This had to be cut really close. I used sandpaper to get it down to a more exact size. If it was even slightly fatter, the nib would not fit. Or the feed would not fit the pen. It works pretty well. Because I don't have the means to make those little dimples that keeps the two plates always separated like in the original nib, the pen does stop flowing whenever I stop using it and I have to shake it a couple times before it works again. Flawed, but it works. And I don't have to dip the pen. Because of the shape of the nib, it's much easier to draw with compared to the regular parallel pen nib.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Magazine illustrations I've been doing for Menshealth and Young Parents Magazines

©Young Parents, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd. Reproduced with permission.

Mostly done with a pencil sketch first, then finished with photoshop and a brush pen. Sometimes, just photoshop.