This weekend was the February edition of the Boston chapter of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School! This month’s model was Anne Frankenstein!
I recently bought a couple of the Pilot Parallel Pens. While designed for calligraphy, these pens make fantastic lines and are really fun to draw with! Dr. Sketchy’s seemed like a good opportunity to give these suckers a decent test drive.
The variation of line you can get with these pens is amazing. The ink flow is really good as well — you can get a really “wet” line with these. Perfect, if you really want that blotty messy look. The pens are not the easiest to control, though. While that’s part of the fun, I think it’s going to take a little while before I truly feel confident using these.
One drawback for me is the ink. Its standard ink cartridges are not waterproof, so that really doesn’t work too well for my purposes (adding ink washes and watercolors). The washes in the drawings above came from simply adding a little water via a waterbrush. In some cases, the effect is kind of nice, but if you want to retain the crispness of your linework, this is not ideal. Fortunately, you can get an ink converter for these, so I can load ‘em up with some trusty Noodler’s Bulletproof Black.
I’m definitely looking forward to working with these pens some more.