During the livestream that I hosted last week, I did a short demo showing why I love a fude pen so much and why it suits my sketching. Not only does it have the ability to produce lines of different thicknesses (by adjusting the angle of the nib) but it also creates variation within a single line.
Two factors are important in achieving this variation:
- the speed at which I draw the line ( I have a naturally fast pace when it comes to drawing lines thanks to my architectural training!)
- my light pressure – the nib skims the surface of the page with a slightly increased pressure at the beginning and end of the stroke.
These factors are so important that I thought I should do a dedicated blog article on it and do a few more tests!
So here are some comparisons of four different pens showing:
- Variation in line thickness
- A fast-paced sketch (my normal pace)
- A slower version.
What is super interesting in these examples is that I was able to achieve some variation in the “Liz-paced” sketch using the Artline 200 fineliner!
These comparisons also show that although the Kakimori pen has a great range of line thickness, it doesn’t compare to the fude in terms of variation within each line.