Little Guy Reading sketch
From the pencil sketch (previous post http://tomsarmo.blogspot.com/2013/08/ghost-story-right-to-left-flying-in.html ).
with a bit of white,
and with color--in this case, watercolor.
As a kid, I thought that all the mid 19th century tinted engravings I loved in old books (like the Tenniel and Dore illustrations) were drawn with pen and ink and then watercolored. In my ignorance, I concentrated on copying the technique I thought I saw. Later, I was happy to discover that the classic illustrators (like Arthur Rackham and Warwick Goble) and modern illustrators (like Mercer Mayer and Maurice Sendak) actually used pen and ink with watercolor.
I very much like pen and ink. For this reading fellow I used a fine Rapidograph. Not my favorite choice of pen, but it's convenient when I'm drawing outside of the studio. Normally I use a steel pen tip--crow quill is my favorite--but in the past few years the quality of them seems to have severely declined--at least the most common, inexpensive brand I've always used. They wear out fast, and the ink feed is not nearly as smooth as it once was.
Any tips or suggestions on good brands to try would be much appreciated.
Thanks for reading!