Simmons then shows how to put the pen strokes to work through step-by-step demonstrations that illustrate the ins and outs of good, solid image construction, from initial pencil sketch through final inking. He explains how to build form, tone, texture, and "color" in drawings, and how to make sure that the pen strokes do what you really want them to do—a major concern in pen-and-ink rendering. Gary Simmons addresses these and other common problems of mastering the medium and tells how to avoid or solve them. A special, ground-breaking section explores working with the new acrylic-based color inks, including advice on basic color theory, ink selection, color mixing and layering, and how to build an image in color step by step.
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Start your review of The Technical Pen Write a review Shelves: art-instruction I just got this in the mail as a belated Christmas present. The more recent printing that Barnes and Noble sells is really bootleggy looking and badly printed There are admittedly I just got this in the mail as a belated Christmas present. There are admittedly a few images that have halftone screens that make the images a bit blurry but in general the artwork looks good.
I am sorry to make such an issue of this but it really is frustrating to try to read the other edition or draw from it and reading blurry lettering just gives me a headache. Watson and Guptill are professional enough in their design to publish a good looking and readable art book.
I have read this book before from the local library so I already knew the content was good. I think I read it when it first came out in At the time I was skeptical about its emphasis on rapidograph pens but nowadays I do find myself using them for most of my work so that is why the recent history.
And while the textures are very specific in this book to those pens I think the basic principles cool apply to other types of inking pens. The Joseph Guillot nibs or whatever you like. But the intention is for koh-i-noor products and you will get the most from this book using those. But I wanted to have a physical copy with well printed illustrations to include among the illustration books on my bookshelf. This is a good resource to have.
The Technical Pen