Hello, following on from my previous post about how I create one of my cross hatched pictures I thought it'd be good idea to start with my tools of the trade...Pens.
It's taken me many years of trial and error with various pens in the search for one that is suitable for my cross hatching needs. I have searched far and wide for a pen that combines a fine line with a good quality ink density. Some pens 'bleed' too much, some are too scratchy, others just don't 'feel' right.
I believe it will be an ongoing search, sometimes I think I've found the pen of my dreams only to find the naughty manufacturer tinkers with the design throwing me into a world of pen chaos!
At the moment I'm very happy with the pen I'm using, I found it on this lovely website, you can find the details here - Cult Pens provide an excellent service, always fast, friendly and efficient, I recommend them. I tend to use a 01 pen, it produces quite a fine line which I then build up with my cross hatching technique, time consuming but nice. So there you have it, I'm a pen geek.
In my next post I'll do my best to show you how I produce one of my illustrations. I have retitled Woerner's Liquor Store, it's now titled Hotel Hartland, San Francisco and it will be in black ink not colour as I thought that would be the best way to demonstrate my technique.