DRAWING WITH A BIRO 2.


Today’s offering in biro of buildings and landscapes reveals the extreme variations that are possible when drawing with a biro.

I normally use a fine point, but occasionally find that a medium point is the answer, especially when it comes to strong lines. The ink flows a lot easier in a medium biro, but one hasn’t got the control needed for delicate work that a fine point biro has.

Fine points are excellent for cross-hatching and for pointillism (adding dots).

Smooth paper of at least 110 gsm is required. The thicker the paper, the easier it is to apply the biro. I find that 240 gsm or better, smooth watercolour paper is ideal.

Richard

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2 Responses to DRAWING WITH A BIRO 2.

  1. Gillian says:

    I’m really enjoying these studies, Richard. I’ve done some biro sketches and have enjoyed the spontaneity but I do find these pens leave blobs from time to time, even more expensive one. Am I alone in this?

    • artkleko says:

      Yes Gillian, this does happen from time to time. Fine line biros are much more reliable than the medium point biros, but you don’t get the strength of line you get with the former. ‘Blobs’ can be a challenge to ‘fix’.

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