My magic Pen

A few more weeks of SBS Polishing have gone by. Koosje re-introduced us to negative drawing and this week Vin Ganapathy showed us in some short vids how he sketches people, beginning with real life figures/friends and finalizing with photo reference.

Vin uses Tombows to colour his people … and last week I received my first Tombow from Japan (2.80€, including p&p) (incredible). It is a calligraphy pen and is something like a hard pen brush. It is just … magic … there are no other words for it. Especially in the Moleskine calendars I have for my daily gesture exercises.

Anyhow, before I forget, here are a few examples of my people sketching acitivities using the Tombow or an edding1800 (Felix Scheinberger introduced me to this pen). Some are from photo references and some a drawn while I was at an artisan’s market today. Two spreads are of my gesture drawing activities.


3 thoughts on “My magic Pen

  1. missyjean May 5, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Stuart, you have done such a fine job at creating community energy at SBS! I also loved Vin’s introduction to Tombow pens, something I have never used.Tempting, but I have not jumped in to make the purchase yet. With your stellar reviews, I just might have to do it. Thanks for your thoughtful insight, and love your drawings!


    • Stu-ttg-art May 5, 2016 / 8:22 pm

      Thank you so very much, that is so sweet of you to say. The tombow I have is only a calligraphy brush pen. I don’t have a pen like Vin. I’m not getting any either … I love the swiftness of watercolours and one of our fellow SBS Klassmates has really made my fingers itch for watercolours again …

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      • missyjean May 5, 2016 / 9:53 pm

        I can identify with the swiftness. My little Winsor Newton travel case goes with me everywhere, and I am a sucker for the ease of watercolor. Cheers!


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