Attelabus nitens – ink on paper

This drawing was a quick ink sketch I made when I got a new pen. The pen is designed for drawing Manga, but rather than being a dip pen, it’s actually a cartridge pen. Here’s what the nib looks like…

I’ve always thought this would be a good idea. Unfortunately it doesn’t hold a zebra G nib, which would have been perfect, but it does look pretty good.

I found a really cool looking weevil in my Collins Complete Guide to British Insects book…

I though this little dude looked awesome. So I made a sketch…

Unfortunately I went off the page a little bit with his rear right foot!

Then I began to draw with the new pen. I was able to make some great textures and create really small lines too. I did have some trouble keeping the ink flowing and had to dip the pen in water from time to time to help draw the ink out. I wonder if I need to put a flame to the nib to burn off the coating they sometimes have? So for places where I needed jet black ink I used my trusty Microns but most of the rest was all with this manga pen. (I did put in a shadow with pencils.)

Because I’d gone off the page, when I framed the photo of my drawing I added some extra space to deliberately make the weevil look like he was just about to crawl across the paper. I liked this effect. I think I will work more in future on placement and framing. Anyway here’s the final sketch…

This was a good little project to test out my pen but the image was too small for the kind of detail I would like on a picture like this (the weevil is only about 7-8cm long in my drawing). I think I will try to find a way to get the ink to flow properly and then have another go with this pen on a bigger sheet of paper.

6 thoughts on “Attelabus nitens – ink on paper

  1. Oh I understand what you’e saying now! Apologies for the late reply. I’ve been a bit all over the place recently. I will look up that example. šŸ˜Š

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  2. I see what you mean by the “eye” which is really a reflection! Why I saw this as trompe-l’oeil is that it seemed to show the weevil walking “into” frame, analogous especially to Renaissance paintings where the sitter leans on a painted wooden parapet or similar which the viewer assumes is part of the frame. A very effective example, though not Renaissance, is Escaping Criticism (1874) by Pere Borrell del Caso (1835-1910).

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  3. I had to look up “trompe-l’oeil” lol! I think I do like the ultra fine lines I can make and the textures but I wasn’t overly pleased with this drawing. I think the eye reads as a comic eye rather than a reflection and there were a number of small errors which I had to leave as correcting them would have made things worse.
    Thanks though for your encouraging words – they are very much appreciated! šŸ˜Š

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  4. I like the illusion of the weevil crawling into frame, very trompe-l’oeil? You must be pleased with this first outing for your pen, Jo, I’m definitely impressed! šŸ™‚

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