Prismacolor Premier Pencil Problems

I have to start by saying that when they do work, the Prismacolor Premier pencils are a joy to use. However they are far to soft resulting in you having to sharpening them with annoying regularity.

The other issue is the tendency for the leads to break. The only conclusion that I’ve been able to come up with is that because of the poor build quality of the Prisma’s, with emphasis on some of the pencil leads being off centre, leads breaking must be the result.

Prismacolor Problems: Leads are off center/centre

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As for the build quality, when I looked at the Black and White in the set, the wood looks to be totally different. Not sure what is going on with the Prismacolor brand, but the comments are that since Prisma moved their production to South America, quality and customer service (which appears to be none existent) has suffered.

 

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The Big Three

I had a specific idea and look in my mind for the next two or three pieces, but every time I got started, I kinda bottled it for some reason. So these three pieces (below) are in effect, failed attempts. I think they still look good though!

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What Pens Do I Use?

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It would seem that Pen and Ink artists use a variety of pens, even on a single piece of artwork. So here’s what I used for the above piece.

From right to left:

Pentel 120 A3DX 0.7mm Mechanical Pencil

Pentel Brush Pen – GFKP3A

Copic Multiliner Black 0.05mm

Copic Multiliner SP 0.1mm

rotring Tikky Graphic Pen 0.1mm (adds a thicker line than the Copic 0.1mm)

Sakura Pigma Micron 005 (0.05mm) & 01 (0.1mm).

Is that enough to be getting on with?

Each pen, regardless of nib width, has its own effect and character, which adds to the image as a whole.

For the most part, the Pentel mechanical pencil is used to outline the border and sometimes used to outline the image as well. The Pentel brush pen was used sparingly in this piece, but it is a stunning tool to work with.

The Copic Multiliner’s do not suit my style of drawing. The normal Multiliner’s have only lasted a few hours, and the Multiliner SP has a super-fine metal tip, which has stopped working properly in my 0.03mm Copic SP, has bent in my 0.05mm pen, but the 0.1 seems to be holding up for now. The Multiliner SP is a strange beast to work with. You can hear the pen ‘scratching’ the paper, but it (0.1mm) is a smooth tool to work with, more so than the normal fibre-tip Multiliner.

Because if the semi unreliability of these types of graphic pens for my particular style, I’m going to have to re-think what I’m doing and maybe change my approach to how I use these pens. I’m still used to working with biro, and so I’m trying to use these technical pens in the same way, which is good, if I want to ware them out, and bankrupt myself by the end of the month!

rotring Tikky Graphic (lower case ‘r’ for some reason) … is a good product, although for fine work I find it a bit too dark and heavy and the line is too thick for what I want. And so I use it to blend in the marks made from the Pentel brush pen.

Sakura Pigma Micron pens I’ve only purchased them this week. On initial use, they seems better and smoother than the Copic Mulitliner’s. I’m hoping they’ll survive longer than the Multiliner’s.

My Wave, Your Way

I spent nearly a day looking at my latest wave. I was contemplating adding something on the right to balance the image out, but I thought that I would leave that to the viewer. What happens next, or what else is going on in the image is down to you!

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New Waves – Pen & Ink

I’ve abandoned the Biro art. The last piece that I did started to turn yellow, a problem that I’ve constantly struggled with. I’m using pen & ink for now, just getting used to the new process. Got some exciting things in the pipeline, but for now this is just a bit of practice.

Enjoy

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In the name of Progress, I’m going to have to (semi) destroy one of the two pieces below. Destroy is a bit harsh, ‘Experimenter’ is a better word.

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I was drawing this whilst on the phone to my dad. I was listening to you dad!

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Finished!

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The Blurred Foreground is Planned!

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Having received interest in regards to the blurred foreground in some of my work, I have to state that it isn’t a product of poor photography skills, although I’m no David Hockney. The blurred foreground(s) are very much planned and drawn, in order to give the piece a feeling of depth whilst adding to true realism. For me, a simple fact of blurring the image where necessary is a part of photo-realistic art that in the most part, is missing.

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Blue On Blue Wave – Bic Biro Pen Art

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This was done with a Bic Atlantis Blue pen and my new Staedtler Ball 432 M Light Blue. The Staedtler M (medium) pens appear to give a finer line than the Bic medium pens, and just as easy to use. So in the future, I’ll reserve using to the Staedlter’s for finer detailed pieces. This piece was hard to walk away from, but the project spanned over many weeks, and so I had to make a decision to stop ‘fiddling’ about and move on to the next piece.

Approx 30+ hours

At one point I had a play around with the sun shining through my net curtains, and thought it might be a good effect to draw in myself. However, I went for the simple option for now, just in the interest of speed.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Big Wave – Bic Biro

Bic Biro, 10-12 hours

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Green and Blue Wave – Bic Biro Fashion Colour Pens

Bic Fashion colours/colors blue and green – Approx 15 hours

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This is my attempt at a photo-realistic wave using Bic biro Fashion Colour pens.

Blue on Blue – Bic Biro Cristal Grip Medium Blue and Bic Fashion Colour Blue Pens

This was done using two Bic pens, the aptly named Bic Atlantis and the Bic Fashion colours blue pen. 25- 30 hours

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First Diverse wave – Bic Biro

50 + hours

Pink Wave – Cristal Grip Medium Black Pen … If I remember rightly!

I was going to do a wave with pink sun glare sparkles in the foreground, however I decided to go with a pure black and white image. The is my favorite wave so far. 15-20 hours work.

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Hybrid Audio speakers – Bic Fashion Colours – Bic Cristal Biro – WHSmith Assorted Coloured Ink Ballpens

I knew that drawing the Hybrid Audio speaker on this scale was going to be tricky. After around 50 hours work, I felt it wasn’t working. For now this has been put on the back burner. 50+ hours – uncompleted

Update:

The perils of ballpoint pen art. Black ink has yellow dye in it, and sometimes this happens.

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Wave Building

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Update For The Parents

messing around

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What I’m trying to achieve here is a flat/matted look to a particular area which is very, very difficult because the surface of any paper is very uneven and so I don’t think i was wholly successful.

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Taken just now

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General ideas and working out things

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Again, this is the base colour for drawing Carbon Fiber. Trying to get a flat even wash/cover … very hard.

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