5 Apr 2013

Rotring Artpen and Paint Party Friday




I do have some favourite ink pens....I expect you do too.   Although I have mentioned this in a previous post (some time ago)  I thought I would just bring this subject up again...if for no reason other than out of interest...

My Favourite pens:

1.  Uniball Eye - Waterproof and Fade proof - I use the Fine version


Really good for sketching and when the ink is dry it doesn't go anywhere.
This is ideal when part of a sketch needs to stay put.

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2.  Pilot Drawing Pen - Again the Ink is waterproof....ideal.  Nice to draw with, it is what it says
        Drawing Pen.



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3, Lamy Safari - Nice and chunky to hold


Not waterproof ink, so very useful when needed.
I love how this pen works, so smooth to write and draw with.


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3.   Pilot V5 Hi-Techpoint  - I use the 0.5 version which comes in useful for thicker lines in sketching


Again, this one isn't waterproof, and works well
for spreading the ink across a sketch

and finally



4.  Rotring Artpen -  I have two of these - One containing Black cartridges the other with Brown     Ink....



Again not waterproof ink, but very nice to hold and use......

As I said, I have two of these.  The Brown, however, does not come out Brown...I think it looks far more Red than brown!    Okay, not a problem if that's what you want, but Rotring changed this colour a few years ago....it used to be true Brown.  Why on earth they had to make it Red I don't know...and yet they still call it Brown!    Misleading I think.   

I still use it though...






See what I mean.  These photos have come out pretty true to the actual colour
and these chickens still look red to me not brown!




Has anyone else out there found the same issue with the Rotring 'Brown' ?


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Today I am Linking to


with Many Thanks to

EVA & Kristin

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69 comments:

  1. Your art is always divine ~ I love, love, love the simplicity yet beauty of it all ~ Happy PPF ^_^

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  2. It is always fun to see what other people are using for their art. Yes, that ink looks red to me, not brown...but good for the chickens.

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  3. Thanks so much for this post. I'm constantly looking for the 'perfect' drawing pen. This is very helpful. I love your chickens! On my screen, they look brown, but more of a reddish brown. I've never used a Rotring pen.

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  4. Thank you for sharing your pens. I love your chicken! She Looks so real and perfect in her easy form.
    Happy PPF and hugs
    Erika

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  5. Thank you Carol - Joan - Debbie and Erika :)

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  6. I love that effect. I have an art pen too and I do that running technique all the time. It always gives a dreamy look
    Xx

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  7. And of course, your hen is gorgeous:)
    Xx

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  8. thanks for sharing about the pens-I do love the uniball pens but I'm not familiar with all of these. Great chicken sketch-even tho it does in fact look red :) Happy PPF!

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    1. ...Thanks Linda, see, I thought it looked Red too. I've emailed Rotring to ask if they will be doing a BROWN !

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  9. I see that we use some of the same pens.

    Right now, I'm using Micron pens a lot.

    I bought a Lamy...I do like the "feel" of it, but not waterproof ink. I'm thinking of buying some empty cartridges and filling with waterproof ink. That sounds like a mess waiting to happen though...

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    1. It would definitely be a mess if I did it! lol.

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  10. Love your chickens, your style is just marvelous Those loose shadows are great!

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  11. Thanks for the rundown on the pens. I often wonder what other people use and why! The Rotring brown does look more red than brown, but it also has a sepia or burnt sienna quality to it... maybe that is what they are going for. But I would find that frustrating too. However, I love your chickens! I admire your style: communicating so much with few lines and effective shadows.

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  12. Thanks for sharing your expert knowledge of pens! Nice sketch!

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  13. Lovely chicks, such fluid sketches. Don't know about the brown but it does have a read cast from my view. Happy PPF. xox

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  14. Thanks minnemie - Christine and Corrine

    From the comments I can see that it isn't just ME who sees this so called Brown as actually being RED...in my opinion if Rotring are going to stick with this colour, they should name it accordingly :)

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  15. Love your sketches, a fabulous style! HPPF!

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  16. Oh wow.. Thanks for the shout out. :) Chickens are rather catching aren't they? :) Also thanks for the info on the pens. I have been using pitt pens. I think I might start trying some other ones. Which one do you use for your William drawings? and yes that is definitely RED, not brown or even a burnt sienna when washed with water, but it does work for the chickens comb nicely. I have also heard of the Lamy safari what do you use it for? Great post.

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  17. oh and great Chicken sketch too!

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    1. Thanks Cris...I thought the shout out would be a nice surprise for you.
      For drawing William, I sometimes combine two pens. If I want ink to stay put and not move, I use the Pilot Drawing Pen. But most times, as I want the ink to basically colour in William's body, I tend to use the Pilot V5 Hi Techpoint - I find the colour of the ink looks just about right. Even though I've mentioned a few pens, I have more...oh yes, I'm a pen collector (◑‿◐)

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  18. Ann, I like the new look of your blog, especially the font!
    I am not familiar with any of these pens, so I will go shopping for them upon your great advice! Then maybe I too will be able to turn out some "Cris" Chickens as delightfully as you have done here!

    I use Prisimcolor pens of late. All sizes.

    I just looked down and realized I'd made notes with a Uniball vision. I think it's my husbands. ;-)

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    1. Thanks Lynn, glad you like the new look of the blog. I've a wide screen on the computer so a lot of background shows up, not sure what it looks like on other screens such as a laptop though. With the Uniball pens I found they glide well across the paper, what say you?

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  19. Beautiful, pleasant color red chickens!

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    1. Thanks Faye...I'm glad you agree that the chickens are red :)

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  20. I'm not an artist, but i love to write, and have quite a collection of wonderful pens. :) I still write letters in cursive instead of e-mail. and keep a couple of journals. Writing is so much more fun than typing.

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    1. Hi Mary, Nice that you like to actually write, it's that feeling of holding the pen isn't it :)

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  21. Very nice and thanks for sharing your tools!!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this post Giggles, Thanks for stopping by :)

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  22. WoW! I love the sketches...and thanks for the pen "tour."

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  23. Definitely red not brown. Love your 'chicks'! :)

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    1. Thanks Robin, nice that everyone sees Red too, lol :)

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  24. Nice of you to share your experiences with us. I like drawing with a pen, but I have not used it recently. No matter for color, I find that your sketches are adorable.

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    1. Thanks Kaja, glad you enjoyed this post :)

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  25. Thanks for sharing the info about the pens and love the sketches.

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  26. I have to agree, it is definitely more to the red side than brown but I absolutely love your little sketches! My favorite pens are the Staedtler permanent and a good ole Sharpie pen with the fine tip. Even though the Sharpie is permanent, it will run a little when I use watery watercolor washes but usually the paint covers it up.

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    1. Hi Deanna, so glad you agree about the red....why Rotring have changed this I'll never know, the original Brown was so good.

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  27. Certainly it is more red than brown, but the truth is that the result is very nice, its poles look very natural. Saludos

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    1. ....Glad you agree about the colour :)

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  28. Olá Ann!
    O tempo não me dá para visitar todos e comentar, mas eu gosto de vir aqui...sempre aprendo algo.
    Andei a correr pelas postagens antigas... como a galinha!!!
    Gosto da forma com te organizas e expões. Bom wek-end.
    M. Emília

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    1. Many thanks Maria...glad you enjoy your visits here, that's so encouraging to know :)

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  29. What darling hens! Sonsimple yet cute. I think my fave are micron pens which i try to buy whenever i can

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    1. Hi Alicia, yes I like micron pens too. I tend to have fads of favourites and use particular ones a lot, then I find something new and move on to that, I just love pens, lol.

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  30. thank you for sharing the gen on the pens, most useful. I use Staedtler pens which are also waterproof, but as yet have not found a brown one. I love how your chickens turned out. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Hi Netty, yes the Staedtler are good too aren't they.

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  31. Definitely red!! That happened with a brown paint I use. Apparently it used to be darker, so I have to watch the advice in any old painting books I pick up. I like the micron pens, but I think I might give the uniball a try. Those old style nibs and my lefthandedness tend not to agree on much!! Thanks for sharing, I love seeing what supplies people use!!

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    1. Thanks Cat....I'm so glad it isn't just me whose left-handed!!

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  32. I love the way your chickens emerge from the paper - beautiful, spontaneous work.

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    1. Thanks Lorik, I usually don't go quite as 'loose' but quite enjoyed these chucks :)

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  33. Yep...the chickens look red...but they're darling. Thanks for the ink tips!

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    1. Aww, thanks annie! I knew it couldn't be just me seeing red! lol

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  34. wonderful sketches ann ..i like the warmth ...can see a few of my favorite pens .

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    1. Thanks Jane....I've more pens than this as well....I could do a whole series about them, lol.

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  35. Fantastic art..such gorgeous chickens..brilliant! and thanks for sharing all of your wonderful pens..fabulous and exciting..enjoy!
    Victoria

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    1. Thanks Victoria, the chickens were fun to do :)

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  36. Love this post Ann. I used to sell all these pens back in the 1980's while I was a manager of an art and drafting supply store. It was a pleasure to see these again and your comments.

    Thanks!
    Ron

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    1. .....The true test of good pens then Ron :)

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  37. Hi, Ann,
    Both post and drawings are very impressive!
    ... as I have to confess I have no favorite pen... Thank you. Your info helps me.
    Kind regards, Sadami

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    1. Thanks Sadami, glad you enjoyed this post :)

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  38. Oh so clever just something looks so simple but such skill involved HPPF Dxx

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  39. Thanks for some great tips...I think I have to go shopping :-)

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