Today I show you a smart way to draw with the broad nib of the Pantone marker. After a quick review of the 3 nibs, I show you how that nib can actually replace the Ultra thin and brush nib. You will learn how to sketch faster, let your creativity flow and get more expressive lines. Pretty cool right ? 🙂
>> Let’s start !
Let’s look at the 3 Nibs closer
> The nib is actually not that Ultra thin. Previous generation of Pantone Tria was.
> The nib is a bit flexible when you press it.
> My favourite ! It takes a bit of practice, but it’s worth the fun !
A quick test of each nib
(1) Ultra thin nib:
The line is pretty regular and allow a bit of variation.
(2) Brush nib:
The variation is wider. You can make much thinner and wider line than the Ultra thin.
(3)-(4) Broad nib:
Offer thin and super wide lines depending of the way you hold it.
Sketch only with the broad nib. Why ?
Because it “takes too long” to switch of nib, and it’s kind of confusing to know which nib is where. The main reason is I like to draw “keeping the flow” – I believe that the ideas will follow the movement. In other words, if you stop your sketch to switch of nib, your ideas will also take a break – and may need a bit of time to restart.
How to hold and sketch with the broad nib
> Let’s look at the broad nib closer.
> Have you noticed the bevelled edge ? We are going to play with it.
> Broad nib: Depending how you hold your marker, you make different types of lines.
> Thin line if you play with the corner.
> Here we go the 3 types of lines depending of which edge you draw with.
Let’s draw something ! I have chosen my Imac
> I start drwing the iMac in miniature in the corner. I roughly get the proportions and memorise the main shapes.
> Start with thin lines give you more flexibility. It’s ok if you do some mistakes, you just need to reiterate on top of it.
> I draw the main shapes ignoring the details. Like that I can draw with more fluidity and focus on the perspective and proportion.
> When the form become pretty clear, I can start adding the details.
> I add some line weight – not too bold or the Imac may look heavy. A bit of details and that’s it !
Quick sketches using the Broad nib only – Chou-Tac Chung
Sony camera lens
It works with any brand of marker such as Pantone, Copic, Pro Marker, Touch…
Take one of your marker and make a try !
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