Inking Tool: the Nail

It just struck me the other day that there is an essential tool that I use when drawing in pen-and-ink that I have never read any writer discuss. Now, I don’t ink with a nail ...

Brause nibs – a comparison

When I first got into pen-and-ink, I had only Hunt and Gillott nibs available to me. I enjoyed both brands and had fun experimenting with them, but over the years I developed a taste for ...

Ink Test

When I write about inks, I tend to focus on their blackness, consistency, and flow. Of course, there is a more fundamental concern: will the ink work on the paper that you want to use? ...

Deleter 4 Ink

I’ve heard about the Deleter inks for a long time, but had never tried any of them. This is partly because I got into pen-and-ink before the boom in interest in manga in the U.S. ...

Tachikawa Jet Black ink

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m always on the quest for the perfect black ink. So I bought a few inks from JetPens along with some other things I needed. And– BAM– I found an incredible ...

Inking Advice

Recently, I’ve been going through the old Famous Artists Course handbooks. If you don’t know, this was an art course first devised in 1948 and it involved teachings by artists like Norman Rockwell, Austin Briggs, ...