This is another work in progress shot of the little hummingbird I have been detailing in ink. The Pigma Micron pen used is .20mm, the smallest size they have available- but yet I have cut away about half the tip with a scalpel to create even thinner lines. Working with these pens once they have been altered can take a bit of practice, as well as a steady hand to account for the loss of the pens tip strength from being cut. In my experience the tip will now act almost as a paintbrush, which makes the pressure you use all the more important in maintaining even line-work. At some point I will cut the pen down again to allow for even finer detailing and shading that will in turn create more depth to the piece. When working with ink, particularly when drawing birds, you must be very aware that you are not making the feathers appear as if they are armor affixed to the birds body, but rather light and free-moving, as is their nature!
Texture with Ink
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