I promised BigHank53 a tutorial on making these syringe pens, but I wasn’t sure if you could make quick field sketches with them. They’re a little tricky with finer work because you’ve got to have some kind of blotter to keep excess ink from ruining the drawing. But I found that with this crude sketch it was handy to be able to use the plunger to distribute ink directly onto the darker areas, and work out of the resulting puddle with the nib.

My takeaway from this drawing is the paper was too coarse. A hot press watercolor paper or illustration board would have been a better choice. Even better, a kaolin board to scratch in some details- still, the needle blunted with an Arkansas stone and some automotive sandpaper seems to work well enough for aggressive sketching.
You’ll definitely want a luer-lock syringe. A luer slip will pop off mid-drawing.

Here’s a couple other pieces I used the syringe pens on, though not exclusively. One looks too much like a Joan Hassall design for a trivet (even though I will always have a crush on Joan Hassall), the other one (the possum) involved recreational drinking and I went overboard noodling with the details. Overall they’re a pretty useful tool, not nearly as delicate as technical pens, and not as likely to produce the fractured line of a standard drawing nib unless you want them to.

And the whale carving is nearing completion, but not quite done. The individual teeth have to be brought to a point, and the details worked in on its mouth and flanks.

And speaking of fitches, we purchased this soy variety from an Asian market Thursday. My plan is to cook them in a black bean-ginger sauce with eggplant.

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