I'm doing my second major project with Faber-Castell's Pitt Pens, and I'd like to share what I'm learning so far. Lisa Clough of Lachri Fine Art's YouTube channel introduced me to these fabulous markers. According to Lisa, these are the only lightfast markers on the market, meaning they're the only markers that won't fade when exposed to light in "museum conditions." I saw on the package itself that these markers are actually India Ink in pen form. I thought that was a little fun fact.
I’m using Strathmore’s 500 series paper with the Plate texture for this. I wasn't sure what I would be getting when I ordered this paper. I was disappointed at first because it's so smooth, I didn't think it would work with the graphite I normally use. I thought it was perfect for pen and ink, though.
It soon became clear that when I’m mixing with these markers, the order in which I put down my colors really matters. Orange plus brown plus blue, for example, does not yield the same result as orange plus blue and brown. When I work with these, I keep a piece of sketching paper nearby so I can test out different color combinations.
I struggled with making straight edges. Obviously, if I moved the marker back and forth a lot, the edge looked fuzzy, but if I moved it straight up and down, whatever I was drawing looked obviously outlined. I learned that to make natural-looking straight lines, I needed to move my marker in a vertical motion while making small circles.
I was thinking about getting some of these markers in wider tips. It’s a bit frustrating trying to fill in several square inches of paper with a nib an eighth of an inch wide. My search didn’t turn up any truly thick nibs in the line, though. That’s the only con I found with them so far.
Painter of portraits and wildlife