Some of my new art supplies arrived today. I bought another set of the Faber-Castell pens in shades of grey.
I also got a Pentel Graphgear 1000 in 0.5, which is a mechanical pencil. I’ve never used one before but I wanted to see what it was like and whether I would take to it or not.
It looks like this:
Well, I can hardly stop myself drawing when I don’t have new supplies to try out, let alone after these arrived!
So first I had a go at sketching a werewolf. For reference I used this art book by Glen Fabry:
I changed the posed a bit and the way I drew the paws. Here’s the sketch:
I found the graphgear pencil really easy to use. I could get a good range of strokes with it and the linework stayed very consistent.
Then I inked the sketch. I was used a normal liner pen for this which doesn’t have the facility to make strokes of different widths so to make that effect I had to thicken and even colour-in my line work at times. Here are the inks:
Then I added some grey tones with the Faber Castell pens. I’ve had a set of these before and I like the way they work. However my current artist’s notepad is only 170gsm and I’ve found that this is not enough to hold much in the way of ink. So I used the pens quite sparingly and it turned out OK I think. I might do another picture at a later date on bristol board and see if that’s better for layered ink.
Here’s the final picture: