Fountain Pen Sketching: 7 part series

December 1, 2015 | 10 Comments

In December 2015 I am doing a series of blog posts all about using fountain pens for sketching – the most important aspects to consider and some personal preferences after years of using them.

Rather than doing in-depth studies and reviews, I want to create an overview with links to other information. So I plan to update these posts as I discover more information or do more detailed reviews myself.

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2. Why draw with a fountain pen?
Part 3. Using a fountain pen
Part 4. Choosing a fountain pen
Part 5. Basic fountain pens
Part 6. Fountain pens with variable lines 1
Part 7. Fountain pens with variable lines 2

And just for fun:
Behind the Scenes!

I am very excited that Goulet Pens has put together a shopping guide based on my recommendations. This guide lists the exact models, colours and nib sizes that I would choose (eg. I like clear demonstrator pens) but if you would like to see the full range and make a selection to suit yourself, please click on the “full range” link under the pen descriptions in Parts 5-7. For comparison purposes I have included the current list price* of each pen but please check the price on Goulet Pens’ site. Just a reminder that this is not a sponsored post nor are there any affiliated links. Please feel free to do your own searches for the best deal in your country, but I do recommend that you follow the links to Goulet Pen’s site so that you can read customer reviews and watch Brian’s videos.

And I am even more excited that Goulet have put together a special package set of my favourite pen – the Lamy Joy – the set includes a 1.1 calligraphy nib that comes with the pen, a fine nib and a converter at a special price.

Once you have a fountain pen you will have to start drawing with it!
If you would like to learn the fundamentals and the start urban sketching please check out my Foundations online course.

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  • Myra Reid - March 12, 2016 reply

    Hi Liz. I've recently discovered your blog and think it's great. I was very interested in reading your fountain pen sketching series, but the link to Part 3 seems to be broken. Looking forward to reading it soon!

    • Liz Steel - March 12, 2016 reply

      thanks Myra - just fixed the part 3 link!

  • Grace Chua - March 12, 2016 reply

    Hi Liz, I have also recently discovered your blog and Instagram, and love all your work and tips! I have just begun my journey into sketching, exploring with ink and watercolours and find your work very inspiring! Thank you, God bless! By the way, do you have recommendations re suppliers in Australia to buy fountain pens? I can't seem to find to get the preppy pens for a starter

    • James McLeran - July 15, 2016 reply

      Hi Liz, I have been reading your blog and am a committed sketcher. Can you recommend a permanent black ink for in ink and watercolour wash, that is suitable for my new LAMY Safari fountain pen.

  • Jacqueline Peters - May 16, 2016 reply

    Hi Liz, I have recently been introduced to your blog and would like to go through your Fountain Pen Sketching series but parts 1 and 3 are no longer available it seems. Is this a technical problem or have you removed them for some reason? Thanks, love your work!

    • Liz Steel - May 17, 2016 reply

      sorry Jacqueline, all the links to the FOuntain Pen series should be fixed now (I recently upgraded my site and a few links got lost in the process) Go to this index for all links.

  • Alex Kim - October 12, 2016 reply

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