Experimenting with Pen Weight

I am taking an online class with Sydney urban sketcher, Liz Steel. We are discovering edges with pen lines and this week our task was to do a complex sketch in a work area using different pen weights in our lines. I chose our workbench in the basement. I use Faber-Castell Pitt pens and mainly use the F size for my regular sketching. I was interested to see what would happen when I chose larger sizes— M for the foreground, and S and XS for the middle and background. I chose B (brush pen) for the dark shadows, so used 4 different weight pens for this sketch.

pen size

I must say, I was pleased with the results! I don’t typically sketch with different pen sizes (although I have tried it), but I like the effects, especially in getting the less detailed background sketched in. I think in retrospect, that I should not have done the brush pen in the shadows of the vertical compartments on the right upper bench, but I can’t go back. I like how the M pen emphasized the drill press on the left side. All in all, a very interesting experience with different pen weights!

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