European Chub Pen and Ink Drawing

European Chub Pen and Ink Drawing – When I was a student at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, I used pen and ink because it was faster than painting with acrylic or gouache. Also, I also used dyes instead of watercolor because the colors were brighter. I still have some of those paintings. Now when I look at them, I’m amazed at how good student artwork was in 1987. I thought that I would try to recreate some of that magic by making a pen and ink drawing colored with dyes.

My first video demonstrates how I draw the scales on the fish. The second video demonstrates how I draw the blades of underwater grass. I am using a Hunt 22B nib with a Koh-I-Noor No. 127 nib holder. The ink is Higgins sepia ink. I’m using 400 Series Strathmore Watercolor paper. The fish in the artwork are European Chub. They are very popular with Russian fisherman. Additionally, European Chub resemble carp because of their large scales. The images show the progression from rough pencil sketch to finished pen and ink drawing.

European Chub Pen and Ink - A rough pencil drawing where the composition is being worked on.
A rough pencil drawing where the composition is being worked on.

European Chub Pen and Ink - The pencil drawing of the fish has been completed.
The pencil drawing of the fish has been completed.

European Chub Pen and Ink - Scales not drawn
Before the pen and ink drawing of the scales on the European Chub have been completed.

European Chub Pen and Ink - Scales finished
The pen and ink drawing of the scales on the European Chub have been completed.

Koh-i-Noor No. 127 Made in Germany Nib Holder - Black Run Preserve - Evesham NJ
The legendary Koh-i-Noor No. 127 Made in Germany Nib Holder. I’ve been using these since I was 10 or 12 years old.

Hunt 22B Nib - Black Run Preserve - Evesham NJ
The Hunt 22B nib, I only use one nib, the Hunt 22B. A very good all around nib. Fresh out of the box, very good for fine lines. Once they get old, I save it and use it for thick lines.

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