Faber-Castell is one of the world's largest and best-respected manufacturers of art supplies. Their Pitt pens are a favourite amongst artists and illustrators. Excellent for sketches, studies and drawings in just about any style, and are particularly popular with Manga artists. We take a quick introduction to the pens and look at different techniques.
What’s in the pack?
(XS) Extra Super Fine Fibre tipped Fine liner
(S) Super Fine Fibre tipped Fine liner
(M) Medium Fibre tipped Fine liner
(F) Fine Fibre tipped Fine liner
(B) Brush tipped pen
(C) Calligraphy pen
The fine liners are sturdy enough to last a long time as long as they are looked after and will give a consistent, steady line which will work well for accurate work.
The Brush tipped pen will give a varying line depending on how much pressure you put on the pen. This can be useful for expressive sketches or getting painted effects on the go.
The Calligraphy pen has a flat tip which means you can vary the line depending on the angle that you hold it. This can also be used to try out calligraphic techniques and introduce them into your sketches.
A few techniques to get started
Hatching and Cross Hatching
The most basic and reliable shading method. This can be achieved by repeating lines to fill in a shaded area and you can vary the strength of a line or the spacing to change the darkness in appearance.
Often used in figure drawing, this technique uses hatching which follows a contour to add a three dimensional effect.
Stippling uses tiny dots to create value. The closer together the dots, the darker the tone.
Take tips from Don Colley in his video for Faber Castell about sketching on the go with the Pitt pens:
Feeling Inspired? Try out the Faber Castell Artist Pen Wallet and try out the different techniques. Shop online now to stock up on your art supplies and remember to follow Cass Art on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest art news, interviews and tips on materials.